New research, published by the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, has shown that drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to reduce unpleasant morning breath.
The study revealed that drinking or rinsing with a glass of water in the morning can help to remove up to 60% of the substances in your mouth that contribute to halitosis.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said:
“There is a simple test that you can do if you think you may be suffering from bad breath. Just lick the inside of your wrist, wait for it tor dry and sniff – if the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure that your breath is too.
“If you do have bad breath, try keeping a diary of all the foods you eat and list any medicines you are taking. Take this diary to your dentist or hygienist, who may be able to suggest ways to solve the problem.
If you suffer from persistent bad breath it is important that you do not just continuously cover it up as it can be the sign of more serious problems and you should visit the dental team as soon as possible.”