There is often a lot of social stigma attached to bad breath: people feel worried that they may have it and not know and, likewise, people worry about telling a person that has bad breath, for fear of hurting their feelings. In essence, bad breath is not really something to worry about as it’s easily solved with the right dental care regime. Read on to find out more.
What causes bad breath and why?
Bad breath is usually caused by small pieces of food getting stuck between the teeth. If these small pieces of food are left there they will begin to decompose (or in other words the bacteria move in and begin to make them their food!). When this happens, the bacteria release a foul-smelling acid which is responsible for the unpleasant smell that we experience as bad breath.
What to do about bad breath
To end bad breath you simply need to ensure that no residual pieces of food are left in the mouth after eating. You will need to brush a minimum of 2 x per day, for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. You will also need to floss regularly to ensure that all of those tiny pieces of food which get stuck between the teeth are removed. If you know that you suffer from bad breath you can also use mouthwash or a fresh breath spray throughout the day to ensure you retain freshness.
Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly
Another cause of bad breath is decay in the actual teeth. For this reason you will need to attend regular dental check-ups. The dentist will check for signs of decay and take action if he or she finds any teeth which require treatment.
It is also important to see your hygienist regularly so that he or she can clean your teeth thoroughly. The cleaning that takes place during a visit to the hygienist is of a greater level than you will be able to achieve with a tooth brush and floss alone and is therefore important to your overall dental health.
Bad breath is a problem that happens to everyone at some point. Don’t let it get you down – make sure that you put this advice to good use and work with us to end bad breath in Solihull!
If you would like to talk to a dentist about this or any other dental issue please get in touch – a member of our friendly team will be only too happy to help.