So what can you do to prevent bad breath?
“Brush twice daily with an electric toothbrush. Also, use floss and interdental brushes twice a day, plus a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria from your mouth. You could also consider using mouthwash between brushes. If the smell doesn’t subside, see your dentist to ensure it is not cavities or gum disease.” – Rhona
“If you smoke, try and quit or limit the number of cigarettes per day, or switch to non-tobacco products. Increasing your daily oral hygiene should also help to prevent any nasty odours. You should be brushing twice a day with a strong fluoride toothpaste, as well as using a minty mouthwash to help remove any lingering halitosis particles. Flossing is incredibly important for oral hygiene too. You should be flossing after each time you eat as food particles may become lodged between teeth, promoting bad odours.” – Sunny
What foods and drinks should you avoid?
“Eating foods such as onions, garlic and spices can cause bad breath. This is because, after you digest these foods, they enter your bloodstream and are carried to your lungs.” – Rhona
“The key foods to avoid are anything with onion or garlic in. These two foods leave a sulfuric odour on the tongue which can linger all day. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, try to avoid dairy, horseradish, canned tuna and other foods which have a pungent odour.” – Sunny
And any you should eat more of?
“Foods that fight halitosis are raw fruits and vegetables. Crunchy fruits help produce saliva which can clean out odour-producing bacteria. Other foods that help are parsley, green tea, melons and probiotic yoghurt.” – Sunny
“Drink lots of water throughout the day to keep hydrated, as dehydration can often cause bad breath.” – Rhona
Is there anything else related to your diet that can affect your breath?
“Poor digestion, constipation and bowel disorders can all cause bad breath. Also, if you frequently experience acid reflux, the odours from recently consumed foods may easily make their way back up the oesophagus and out through the mouth.” – Rhona
Is there any way to permanently get rid of bad breath?
“If you suffer from chronic bad breath, you need to find out if there’s an underlying cause so it can be diagnosed and treated. Practising perfect oral hygiene on a daily basis will also make a huge difference.” – Rhona
Any products you would recommend?
“Use Pärla toothpaste tablets twice a day with an electric toothbrush. They contain eco-friendly ingredients, give a burst of minty flavour and have the perfect dose of fluoride to prevent tooth decay. Also, use a tongue scraper after brushing as well as TePe interdental brushes and floss.” – Rhona
“I’d suggest products such as Listerine mouthwash, Biotene dry mouth oral rinse, a good floss and an electric toothbrush that will help to clean all areas of the mouth.” – Sunny
Any quick fixes?
“Sugar-free gum, a swig of mouthwash, and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.” – Sunny
Finally, when should you see a medical professional about bad breath?
“If you have suddenly started to suffer from chronic bad breath and you have a healthy diet, do not smoke and have good oral hygiene, this could be a symptom of an underlying health condition.” – Sunny
For more advice, or to book an appointment, visit SimplyTeethEssex.co.uk and ChelseaDentalClinic.co.uk