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19 March 2018

Making conversations easier by banishing bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, is not uncommon. Most of us will probably have experienced a desire to move rapidly away from someone who we are talking to, when we experience the unpleasant odour of bad breath.

Unfortunately, unless close friends tell us, we may not know if we have bad breath ourselves as it is very difficult to detect, unless you are on the receiving end, that is.

Bad breath can have a number of causes, but restoring your breath to a more naturally pleasant state is often not too difficult. Our Surbiton dentists offer a few straightforward pieces of advice below.

Full mouth cleaning

When you clean your teeth and gums (more about that later), also clean the rest of your mouth, including your tongue. Much of the smell of bad breath comes from too high a number of ‘bad’ bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria expel gases which are what we mostly smell when halitosis is present. There is no need to scrub hard, but a little gentle brushing of the tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth, as well as teeth and gums, will really help to keep your mouth smelling fresh.

Cleaning after eating

Although we are told to brush twice a day, there is no reason not to brush more. If you are in a position to brush after each meal, perhaps if you work from home, this will help to reduce the remnants of a meal from between your teeth and the gum line. These additional cleans need not be as thorough as your twice daily clean and a quick light brushing will help to remove many food particles.

If you are not in a position to do this, even a quick rinse with water, or chewing sugar free gum will help to clean your mouth after a meal.

Monitor your gum health

Although we may brush our teeth and gums well, bacteria can collect in difficult to reach areas, such as behind the rear teeth. These will harden to form tartar, which is almost impossible to remove by brushing and flossing. A twice yearly scale and polish by the hygienist at the Confidental Clinic will help to keep your gums in tip top condition.

Don’t smoke

For all the well known reasons, we could probably leave this section at ‘don’t smoke’. The health risks are well known, but, aside from the actual smell of cigarette smoke, this habit is responsible for increasing the risk of many dental problems including gingivitis, periodontitis and oral cancers.

Watch what you eat

Whilst bad breath, caused by eating certain foods such as garlic, will only lead to temporary unpleasant odours, these effects can last for a day or two. If you have an important event coming up, it is worth monitoring what you eat.

Any Surbiton patient who is worried about having bad breath is encouraged to see one of the dentists at the Confidental Clinic. Our dental team are used to all the smells and sounds of a dental surgery and will certainly not ‘judge’ you. Helping you to have a healthy mouth, with sweeter smelling breath is something that we are proud to be able to help you to achieve. Please book your appointment today by calling us on 020 8399 1291.

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