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Why does my breath smell?

Hygiene care

There’s no shame in having halitosis (or bad breath, as it is more commonly known). In fact, 95% of us suffer from bad breath at some time in our lives, and one in four adults suffer from bad breath on a regular basis. A quick way to test the potency of your breath is to lick the inside of your wrist with the back of your tongue, let it dry for a few seconds, and then smell. If you subsequently find yourself recoiling in horror from a foul stench, then you should perhaps consider visiting your dental hygienist.

Bad breath usually stems from poor oral hygiene (including neglecting the tongue area, which hosts the bacteria that cause bad breath). However, smoking and drinking too much alcohol can also contribute. Sprays, mints and chewing gum will only temporarily mask your bad breath, whereas improving your oral hygiene will ultimately pay-off.

Ask one of our clinics

How can I fix Halitosis?

The Hygienist will recommend you do the following first:

  1. Brush, Floss & Rinse
  2. Clean your tongue
  3. Stay Hydrated
  4. Don’t rely on mints- they mask the smell
  5. Food- avoid a high protein & low carb diet- it’s a haven for bacteria!
  6. Rinse your mouth with water regularly
  7. Be Natural- drink green tea and eat parsley & dill
  8. Eat crunchy fruit and vegetables to stimulate saliva
  9. Stop Smoking
  10. Visit the dentist & hygienist regularly

It may not just be a problem with the mouth, there could be something wrong with the nose or sinuses or even the stomach, which is causing the odour. In the first instance, visit your dentist who should be able to advise you on the best treatment for your bad breath.

What are the benefits?

  • Feel confident about your mouth again.
  • Get rid of the bad breath that may be embarrassing.
  • Improve overall oral health and hygiene by following the above steps.
  • Regular cleaning will mean less chance of gum disease in the future.

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