National fresh breath day

Today, 6th August, is National Fresh Breath Day!


Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath.   Bad breath can be caused by a number of things and is a result of unfriendly bacteria in the mouth. Whilst some people are mores susceptible to it than others, we can all do things to help keep it at bay.


1:  Brush and Floss.   You should be doing this every day.  Follow up with some mouthwash for added freshness – you may prefer an alcohol free one to avoid unnecessary irritation in the mouth.  Tooth decay can be a major cause of halitosis.  Infection in the teeth or gums will often cause that metallic dry taste in the mouth which will smell very unpleasant to anyone in close proximity to you


2:  Visit your dentist. Regular check ups will help to keep tooth and gum problems at bay, thus keeping that sweet smelling breath.  A visit to the dentist or hygienist will also be necessary if you have already got some form of tooth decay or inflammation of the gums.


3:  Drink water.  Keeping hydrated is the key to everything from staying laret to having clear skin, but did you know it can also prevent bad breath?  Halitosis can start if your mouth is very dry.   It is recommended that you should drink 6-8 glasses a day.


4:  Eat right.  Strong flavours such as onions, garlic and curry and also acidic foods such and tomato, citrus and pineapple can often contribute to bad breath.  These foods can cause bacteria to spread more quickly.  


5:  Don’t smoke.  Not only is smoking bad for your health but it also makes your breath smell.   The smell of the cigarette will cling to your hair and clothes as well your mouth.  The smoke dries out your mouth which causes your breath to smell.


For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180

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