Helping Chelmsford patients eliminate bad breath
Good oral health care is essential for fresh smelling breath
With Valentine’s day only a short while away, it seems an appropriate time to look at one of the biggest romance killers there is; halitosis, or bad breath.
There is nothing so certain to kill that romantic moment when you lean in for a kiss and the other person pulls away due to the smell of your breath.
You can, of course, minimise the chances of this happening by avoiding certain foodstuffs such as garlic or coffee beforehand, and it goes without saying that smokers breath is none too pleasant too; but what if you are one of those people who have persistent bad breath?
Aside from any foods and drinks that we consume, one of the biggest causes of bad breath is poor oral health. Brushing our teeth not only gives us a minty fresh taste from the toothpaste, but also plays a very important role in removing food particles and bacteria from the teeth and gum line. If you clean your teeth irregularly, then any food particles that remain will start to break down and decay and will, in themselves, give off an unpleasant smell. In addition to this, poor cleaning leads to an increase in ‘bad’ bacteria in the mouth, a likely precursor to gum disease.
Whilst decaying food creates an unpleasant smell, if gum disease is allowed to advance untreated, the gums, and potentially the bone in the jaw, will come under attack. As the bacteria starts to eat away at your gums, they expel gases and it is this that leads to the nasty smell of halitosis.
So, is bad breath permanent? The answer could well be no. Restoring your mouth to good health should help remove halitosis, unless there are other underlying causes. There are three key ways to do this and to ensure that you have fresh breath.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and for two minutes each time. Make sure to brush the gums as well as the surface of your teeth. Change your toothbrush, or electric brush head at least every three months to ensure that the bristles remain effective.
- If you don’t already, then add inter dental cleaning to your regimen. This can be as dental floss or the increasingly popular inter dental brushes that we sell at Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford, Essex. Food and bacteria tend to become trapped between the teeth and brushing alone will not remove them.
- See the hygienist. This is an important step in the fight against gum disease. Even with the best will in the world, removing all the bacteria with brushing is unlikely to be fully successful. As the bacteria hardens, it forms tartar which is a hardened form of plaque which attaches to the teeth and gums and can only effectively be removed with a professional dental clean.
Just a few very simple steps then that will help you to have much sweeter smelling breath as well as reducing the risk of dental decay or gum disease.
If you would like to see what our Chelmsford dentists can do for you, to restore your mouth to good health, please contact Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.