A healthy mouth means not only strong teeth but fresh breath as well.
The matter is that bad breath can affect those nearest and dearest to us. It can put strain on relationships as well as being socially embarrassing.
The main cause of bad breath is bacteria. Our mouth is a dwelling for millions and millions of bacteria, which can quite easily get out of control. Bacteria can thrive everywhere in you mouth, namely on your plaque, tartar, gum disease, tooth decay, dentures and your tongue.
Breath fresheners and mouthwash are only short-term protection from bad breath (usually keeping you fresh for just a few hours). To find the relief from your bad breath, you may try the recommended steps:
- Determine the cause of your bad breath.
If your bad breath is caused by tartar, gum disease or tooth decay – these can only be treated by a dentist.
- Have dental check-ups on a regular basis.
Regular scale and cleans will help keep your breath fresh.
- Brush your tongue.
Approximately 50% of oral bacteria can be removed through brushing your tongue daily with a soft toothbrush.
- If you wear dentures you will need to carefully clean them daily.
Use a cleaning product specially designed for dentures.
- Breathe through your nose.
People who breathe through their mouth are more likely to have bad breath, due to a dry mouth. If you are concerned about your own breath, contact your dentist today and arrange a consultation. The dentist is able to isolate and fix the cause of your bad breath, and will help you recapture your confidence and dental health.