At some point in most of our lives we will have battled with bad breath. Whether it is the occasional bout following a meal of certain foods, or a more long running problem, everyone who has experienced it knows that it is very unpleasant and not something they would like to have repeated. The knowledge that your mouth is emitting unpleasant smells that your peers might notice is very damaging to self esteem and might leave you worried about social occasions.
So what can you do about it? Knowledge is power and, as such, you need to try and understand why bad breath is happening in the first place. Known as halitosis by medical experts, bad breath is basically caused by a certain type of bacteria which can occur in the mouth. Certain foods are more likely to produce these bacteria and you should get to know which ones are doing it to you.
Brushing your teeth then is not just about cleaning your teeth to remove plaque. It is also about getting rid of the bad breath bacteria. We all know how much fresher our mouths feel after we have given our teeth a good brush and floss. But for some people it won’t be long until the bad breath is back. It could be that your mouth is rather dry and bad breath bacteria love dry mouths because they can ‘stick’ to the surfaces of your teeth with much greater ease. Try to keep your mouth moist by drinking water and chewing gum.
Central Leeds dentists know all about bad breath and they will be able to help you beat it so that you can go about your life with confidence.