How can I tell if my breath stinks ?

Most people become aware of bad breath by a family member or loved one pointing it out to them. If you’re unsure, you can lick the back of your hand, let it dry and then smell it. Another way is to smell your floss after using it between your back teeth.

Is it a sign of gum disease?

Yes, it certainly can be. A build up of food and plaque around the teeth can lead to gum disease or Periodontal disease in dental terms. Bacteria cause the gums to become red and they begin to bleed more easily. If left untreated, it can result in tooth loss. Thankfully with good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist and hygienist – gum disease can be stopped.

Why does my breath smell so bad in the morning?

This is generally because we wake up with a dry mouth due to dehydration. We produce less saliva when we sleep and this is important as it helps to wash and refresh our mouth. One helpful tip is to keep some water by your bedside!

What can you eat to stop your breath smelling?

One of the best foods for getting rid of bad breath is Parsley! Snacking on foods such as apples, pears, celery or carrots will also help. Chewing sugar free chewing gum will freshen breath and the production of more saliva will have a washing effect.

How can I permanently get rid of bad breath?

Simple! 1 – Brush well for at least 2 minutes twice a day. 2 – Use interdental brushes or floss. 3 – Brush your tongue. 4 – Use an antibacterial mouthwash.

What if I can’t get rid of my bad breath?

If you’re cleaning your teeth really well but still have bad breath, then you should come and see your dentist or hygienist. Many people are embarrassed about their bad breath but trust me, your dentist has seen it all many times before.

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