Also referred to as Halitosis, bad breath is a common condition being estimated that 1 in 4 people experience bad breath on a regular basis. It is caused when the bacteria in our mouth is allowed to build up due to inadequate removal, normally through improper or no brushing. When bacteria breakdown food particles in our mouth a gas is released, therefore if food is left to lie on gums and between teeth, the bacteria are able to multiply, subsequently releasing more gas resulting in a consistent bad smell. The bacteria form a Bio layer that is able to cling to everything in the mouth, allowing it to exist on the tooth surface, in the groves and ridges of the tongue surface, below the gum line and even in the back of the throat.
Bad breath can be temporarily masked by chewing gum or sucking on mints, however this is not a long term cure and the bad breath is sure to return. To avoid bad breath is it essential to brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night for at least two minutes. Correct brushing technique is important so make sure you are brushing in small circular motions and the toothbrush is angled at a 20° angle to clean below the gum line.
In addition to this, it would be beneficial to clean your tongue with your toothbrush for 30 seconds after you finished brushing, this ensures there is no bacteria left in the groves of the tongue.
We also recommend that you floss once a day as well, as this dislodges any food or bacteria trapped between the teeth which can contribute towards bad breath.
If you are consistently experiencing bad breath even after taken these steps to improve your oral hygiene there may be an underlying medical condition, and you should make an appointment to see your dentist or GP.