Most of us suffer from bad breath from time to time but for some people it can be a regular problem that they find hard to manage. There are a number of reasons of why you may have bad breath, for fleeting bouts it can be easily managed but for others it may require a more thorough health check.
Here are some top tips to help you combat bad breath and leave your breath smelling and tasting sweet.
For the majority of bad breath cases they are normally a result of poor oral hygiene. Failing to brush and floss your teeth regularly will allow bacteria to build up on your teeth and gums. In severe cases this could lead to gum disease which will result in bad breath. Visiting your dentist regularly will help identify any problems with your teeth or gums and maintain a good standard of oral care to combat bad breath.
There are some medical conditions that can also cause bad breath such as dry mouth, diabetes (https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-complications/bad-breath.html), gastritis, liver and kidney problems and also throat, nose and lung conditions. For more information contact your doctor and dentist who will be able to advise you on the best way to help overcome the problem.
Tobacco from smoking can also cause bad breath. If you smoke and have bad breath the only way to have fresh breath is to stop smoking. The NHS has a team of advisers who are able to help smokers give up. Why not visit their information page and make the first step to quitting. Not only will this benefit your oral health but will also give you many other health benefits. Follow this link for more information – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/10-self-help-tips-to-stop-smoking/
Your diet can also affect how your breath smells. Strong smelling foods and drinks such as onions, garlic, chilli, coffee and even some dairy products can affect your breath. Bad breath as a result of eating or drinking these kinds of foods is normally short term and will disappear. Try cooking with fresh herbs such as parsley, coriander, mint and rosemary. All of these herbs will naturally work to keep your breath nice and fresh. Drinking water will not only help your general well-being but will help combat bacteria by keeping your mouth hydrated. Vitamin C rich foods also help fight bad breath in two ways. Firstly they keep toxin levels in your body low and secondly they again help to fight bacteria.
If you are at all worried or concerned about your oral health, contact your dentist immediately. They will be able to give you a thorough check-up and identify any issues. They will also be able to advise you on the best way to clean and brush your teeth.
There are many dental practices around the UK, including Lonsdale Dental, where you can make appointments for general dentistry services as well as other dental work including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and dentures.