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Bad breath (halitosis) can be socially embarrassing and can affect confidence in building relationships, particularly romantic, with others.

Studies show decreased self confidence and insecurity in social and intimate relations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16451502

Bad breath isn’t something you (or your partner) have to suffer with.

There can be several reasons a person suffers from bad breath.

Poor Oral Hygiene
Certain kinds of oral bacteria cause bad breath. This is another reason to ensure you have a diligent oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day (we recommend using an electric toothbrush) using fluoride tooth paste, either flossing or using inter dental brushes once a day and also ensuring you are keeping your tongue clean as it can harbour bacteria and food debris. You can keep your tongue clean using your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. If you follow this routine you will significantly reduce the chance of bad breath.

Oral Disease
The bacteria from tooth decay and gum disease can also cause bad breath. It is important to come and see your dentist for your regular check ups so that any signs of oral disease can be spotted and treated.

Dry Mouth
Saliva helps cleanse your mouth. A dry mouth could cause bad breath. Simply drinking more water can help and it is advised you should drink about three litres of water per day. Regular use of some medicines can also cause a dry mouth. Ask your GP or Pharmacist if the medicines you are regularly taking could be causing this. Oral sprays and gels may help, but most importantly stay hydrated!

There are so many more serious risks associated with smoking. However it is worth mentioning that smoking causes bad breath from the smell of the tobacco and smoke, reduces saliva flow and increases risk of gum disease. We urge you not to smoke and we can give you advice and contacts for smoking cessation.

To summarise do not let bad breath control your life or love life.

Practice good oral hygiene and come to see your dentist regularly. If you think we can help you with any of these points please get in touch.