How to Tackle Halitosis

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The subject of bad breath is often difficult to approach but if you think you suffer from this unfortunate affliction, then you can do some simple things to help lessen the problem.

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a very common problem, with many people unaware that they suffer at all. A persistent bad smell is caused by bacteria which remains in your mouth and is allowed to produce foul gases, this can be caused by excess food which is left between teeth or on the tongue and gums.

Strong odours from particular foods and drinks, as well as tobacco, can also prove a problem; onions, garlic and coffee are some of the worst culprits. Some medical conditions and medications can also cause a dry mouth (xerostomia) and this can lead to bad breath. There are saliva sprays available that can help if your particular condition is causing this side effect, be sure to ask at your next dentist appointment for advice.

To try and prevent bad breath, make sure you are brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. It is important to incorporate a dental floss into your oral health regime too as brushing alone only cleans about 60% of your tooth’s surface. A mouthwash can also be effective in killing bacteria and helping to solve the problem.

Make sure you’re properly hydrated throughout the day by drinking at least two litres of water, chewing sugar free gum can help to keep your mouth fresh and as it stimulates saliva, it should help tackle any dry mouth issues.

It is always important to see your dentist if you are suffering from any oral health problems, call us on 0151 722 3000 or fill in our online contact form and we’ll get back to you.

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