Oral Health

Oral Hygiene Tips to Reduce Bad Breath

Published on 19/08/2015

Bad breath will affect most people at some point during their life, it can be a temporary problem or more persistent. It can affect not only how you feel about yourself but how others perceive you.

Here at Leigh Dental Centre our team have come up with their 5 top tips to improve bad breath

1. Brush your teeth twice a day and use interdental cleaning aids daily

Brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste at night and at at least one other time during the day. Follow a set pattern to ensure that no part of your teeth and gums are missed and do forget to include your tongue. One study showed that by brushing the tongue as well as your teeth and gums, bad breath could be reduced by as much as 70%.

Flossing, interdental brushes and wood sticks can help to clean the 40% of your teeth that brushing misses. Interdental cleaning helps to remove food particles that may get trapped between teeth and helps to prevent gum disease, a leading cause of bad breath.

2. Use Mouthwash

Many types of mouthwash now contain antibacterial agents, these can help to kill the bacteria in your mouth that can lead to bad breath. It is best to use mouthwash just before you go to bed at night as this will give the active ingredients all night to work on your teeth and gums.

3. Chew sugar-free gum

Chewing sugar-free gum following each meal helps to stimulate the production of saliva. The saliva helps to neutralise the pH level of your mouth and helps to remove food particles that bacteria thrive on. This however cannot be used as a substitute for a good oral hygiene routine.

4. Consider stopping smoking

Tobacco causes its own form of bad breath. Smoke particles can linger in a smoker’s lungs for hours and this can lead to the stale scent often associated with the smoker’s breath. Smoking also reduces the amount of saliva present in the mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like help and advice on quitting smoking please ask one of the team at Leigh Dental Centre and they will be happy to assist you.

5. Visit your dentist for routine appointments

Your dentist will advise you as to how often you should attend routine dental examinations. Your dentist will be able to monitor your teeth enabling any problems to be picked up early and effectively treated and they will also be able to refer you to the hygienist for a thorough scale and polish to remove the plaque and calculus which can build up on teeth and provide a safe haven for bacteria to thrive.

If you find that you are experiencing persistent bad breath talk to your dentist at your next appointment and they will be able to complete a full and detailed examination to determine if there are any underlying causes that may require treatment.

Here at Leigh Dental Centre, we are committed to ensuring that you can smile with confidence call today on 01702 472929 or visit our website to book an appointment today.

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