Top tips for fresher breath
We all suffer with bad breath from time to time, whether it be after our Monday morning coffee (the extra espresso shot might have something to do with it…) or the remnants of that lamb bhuna from the night before. But if you’re noticing more often that your breath is not smelling great, it might be time to take action.
There are many different causes to bad breath. It can be caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth, which can break down the left over food in your teeth and release pungent smelling gases. A dry mouth, smoking and strong-tasting food and drink such as coffee and garlic can also contribute to bad breath. It can also be a sign of gum disease and tooth decay.
But all is not lost if you notice that your friends and colleagues are standing a little further away than before, we have some tips to get your breath smelling minty fresh again:
1. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly
Regular check-ups and scale and polish appointments will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and a scale and polish will help to remove any plaque build up on or between your teeth. Centre for Dentistry offers a range of dental plans to suit your needs, save money and make your trip to the dentist a breeze! Find out more here. You can also book your appointment online or via our dental app.
2. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes
Ensure you brush twice daily for two minutes with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Also make sure you’re cleaning in-between those teeth with floss or an interdental brush, if you don’t you could be missing cleaning up to 40% of your tooth’s surface! We offer a range of TePe interdental products, which are perfect for this and your hygienist can recommend your very own combination of brushes to suit your smile.
3. Change what you drink
Changing what you drink – or how much of something you drink – could make a big difference. Acidic drinks such as sugary cordials, coffee and fizzy beverages can contribute to our bad breath by ramping up the acid in the mouth and causing enamel erosion. Instead, why not try water or green tea?
4. Quit smoking
Smoking causes bad breath by being a strong smell on its own, but also by making the mouth drier and more prone to bacteria build up. Smoking can also contribute to gum disease.
Finally, if you have an important event or meeting and you want your breath to be particularly fresh it might be a good idea just to stay away from bad breath- inducing foods, so maybe put down that raw onion, chilli and prawn sandwich before your interview and choose more neutral foods instead, such as cheese or celery and finish with chewing a piece of sugar free gum. If your particularly concerned about your breath, make an appointment with your dentist.
For more information or dental advice, please find your nearest Centre for Dentistry practice or contact our central Patient Care Team on 0333 0162 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book an appointment online or via the app.