It is said that it takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile. However if you suffer from bad breath, smiling may be the last thing you want to do. Bad breath or halitosis affects a large number of people and not everyone affected realise they have a problem.
There are a number of reasons why people suffer from bad breath and not all are due to poor oral hygiene. Medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, smoking and not drinking enough water can all lead to halitosis. Certain antidepressants can dry out the mouth which again makes you more prone to bad breath.
The causes of bad breath are stagnant bacteria producing unpleasant odours and gum disease. These bacteria are found around the necks of your teeth and in between them. If not removed then gum disease will develop and with it bad breath.
Have I got bad breath?
This is a question that is rarely asked and even more rarely answered honestly. The easiest way to check is to lick the back of your hand and let the saliva dry. If when you smell it you have to wrinkle your nose then it might be time to have a word with your dentist.
Top tips to combat bad breath
• Clean twice a day around the necks of your teeth
• Clean in between your teeth either with floss or TePe brushes
• Use disclosing tablets to check you have cleaned away all the germs.
• Clean your tongue using a scraper
• Drink plenty of water
• Book yourself an appointment with a Hygienist or Dentist to have your teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis.