Bad breath is something that most of us dread. The thought of emitting unpleasant odours from your mouth while you speak and smile is an unpleasant one. But it happens to many of us from time to time. How to deal with it then?
The first thing to understand is how bad breath (medically known as halitosis) is caused. The presence of certain bacteria in the mouth gives off unpleasant odours. Most people will be able to rid their mouths of these bacterium by brushing and flossing as advised but sometimes it is not enough.
Brushing your tongue can also be helpful because the offending bacteria can thrive there too. Be gentle though as you don’t want to damage your tongue in the process. Some people favour the use of mouth wash because it kills bacteria in the mouth and leaves your breath smelling immediately fresher. There is a problem here though because mouth wash actually leaves your mouth rather dry, an ideal condition for bad breath to actually stick to teeth. So in freshening your breath in the short term, you might find that, in a few hours the bad breath has returned with a vengeance!
Chewing chewing gum can be helpful if you are in a situation where you cannot brush your teeth but are anxious about having fresh breath. It dislodges any left over food in the mouth, and stimulates saliva production which moistens the mouth, not to mention giving your breath the smell of whichever flavour the gum is.
Don’t be embarrassed about bad breath, talk to your City of London dentist and take the first step towards beating the problem once and for all. Just think about how much easier social occasions will be!