A great dental hygiene regime at home is the first line of defence against gum disease and teeth decay.
Some areas in your mouth are easy to reach with interdental cleaning,It’s thus important to have a good dental hygiene regimen at home supplemented with regular visits to your dentist or hygienist.
What is it? | What Causes of Bad Breath?
Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth and is not usually a sign of general ill health. Gum disease can cause bad breath. But you could still have bad breath with good dental hygiene, and healthy teeth and gums.
The smell then usually comes from the far back of the tongue. It gets stronger as you talk, as your mouth gets drier. Most adults occasionally suffer from bad breath; perhaps a quarter have it regularly.
If you are worried about bad breath, please talk to your dentist. You dentist will:
- Work out whether you really have a bad-breath problem.
- Find out what sort of problem it is and help you deal with it.
What can I do myself?
Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Use floss or other dental hygiene aids if your dentist or hygienist recommends them. You can check bad breath by smelling the floss after you have used it. If there is a smell from a particular part of the mouth, clean that area with special care.
Gently brush your tongue if it is heavily coated. Special plastic tongue scrapers can be bought from chemists.
A mouth will smell less if it is moist. Chewing sugar-free gum can help with bad breath by increasing the flow of saliva.
You might have a dry mouth because you breathe with your mouth open or because you are taking certain medicines.
If you smoke, try to give up. As well as making your breath smell better, giving up smoking will keep you mouth and gums healthy, and benefit your general health