Most of us have had bad breath or experienced it at some time or another but do you ever wonder whether those around you smell the same funky smell you notice coming from your own breath?
If many people around you often step back during close conversation or they cover their nose, it could be a sign that you have bad breath. Your friends and family are simply saying, “Darling, your breath smell bad.” If this is your daily routine, then perhaps it is time to talk to your dentist about it.
Here at TenderCare Dental, we diagnose chronic bad breathe often. It is called halitosis and it is a result of bacteria breaking down organic material in your mouth, then releasing volatile sulphur compounds, which as you can tell, can be pretty smelly.
The smell most often comes from the back of the tongue. This is a rough surface in the mouth, which is made even rougher by constant shedding of dead cells. Did you know that because of this, it can attract up to 20 times more bacteria than any other soft tissue like your cheeks or lips.
At night your mouth produces less salvia flow, which means bacteria will stick to the back of the tongue. This is the result of morning breath. You may wake up smiling and ready for a big kiss, but your pushed out of bed not the bathroom to brush your teeth.
Here are some tips to help you avoid morning breath.
Visit your dentist- we can tell you whether or not you suffer from genuine halitosis. If you do, we will look for possible causes and recommend a combination of multiple treatment possibilities:
Brush your teeth regularly (twice per day) and always brush your tongue (do this very gently along the back of the tongue).
Floss daily– this will remove food debris between the teeth, eliminating potential bacterial breeding grounds.
Drink plenty of water. It may help to keep a glass of water by your bedside at night, if you feel your mouth is super-dry.
Chew sugarfree gum after meals. This stimulates saliva flow, good for washing away debris of food and dead cells from your mouth. It also has antibacterial properties.
See a hygienist regularly for thorough cleaning.
Make your appointment to see us today.