Everybody suffers from bad breath at some time or another. Often it’s caused by the food that you’ve been eating and other times it’s because you haven’t been brushing and flossing adequately. Bad breath is quite unpleasant and affects those people around you. Follow our tips below and hopefully you’ll keep bad breath at bay. However if the condition persists then it’s a good indication that something is not quite right so make an appointment to visit your Glasgow dentist as soon as possible.
Clean all areas of your mouth
Most people brush and floss their teeth on a daily basis but many fail to clean the whole of their mouth. The tongue should be cleaned gently with your toothbrush, reaching as far back as you can. You should also gently brush the sides of your cheeks and the roof of your mouth. Failure to do this can result in any remaining food debris in the mouth attracting bacteria which can cause bad breath as well as tooth decay.
Brush every time you eat
Try and brush your teeth after every meal or snack, and floss at least once a day. If you can’t always brush your teeth then reach for the sugar free chewing gum and chew this for around 20 minutes or rinse with cold water to remove traces of sugar, acid, and loose food particles.
Early sign of gum disease
Bad breath can also be an early sign of gum disease which if left untreated can infect the gums and jawbone leading to a teeth and gums. Gum disease is cause by a failure to remove the bacteria which can build up, particularly along the gum line, turning into plaque. Flossing your teeth can help to remove trapped particles of food between the teeth and beneath the gum line. It’s also important to visit your Glasgow dentist for periodic check-ups and a professional clean.
Try to quit smoking
We all know that smoking is harmful for our overall health, but any dentist in Glasgow will tell you that cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and cigars, can also cause bad breath and a dry mouth and is the main cause of mouth cancer. If you’re struggling to stop smoking then ask your dentist for help.
Bad breath can linger for up to 72 hours
Garlic mushrooms may well be one of your favourite meals but did you know that certain foods such as garlic, onions and spices contributes to bad breath which can linger for as long as 72 hours after eating? Once these foods are digested proteins move around in the bloodstream. They then get carried into the lungs and are expelled as you breath until finally exiting your system.
If you’re suffering from bad breath that won’t go away then get in touch with Botanics Dental Care and we’ll give you a thorough oral examination and, if necessary, develop a treatment plan that will help get rid of it for good. If your teeth and gums are healthy, then bad breath could be a sign of a medical disorder such as diabetes, chronic bronchitis, respiratory tract infection or even chronic sinusitis and we may need to refer you to your family doctor. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment with Dr Colin Gardner. Or visit our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk for more information on all our treatments.