Halitosis, or bad breath, is a fairly common problem with about 1 in four people believed to have halitosis on a regular basis. Whether it’s caused by poor oral hygiene, food trapped between your teeth, gum disease, strongly flavoured foods or smoking or drinking, halitosis is something that can usually be avoided or prevented. We’ve gathered five different ways to deal with halitosis, and we’ve listed them for you here.

  1. A trip to the dentist.

Tooth decay and cavities can be another big cause of halitosis, and so the dentist could help solve the problem. Whether you just have your tooth removed at your local dentist, or get a dental implant in London to replace the lost tooth, removing the source of the smell can solve the problem completely. It’s also possible that a filling could help, or that the dentist may be able to give you advice on what you can do to avoid bad breath in the future.

  1. Clean your teeth!

The easiest way there is to deal with halitosis is to brush your teeth more thoroughly at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Flossing between your teeth can help remove any trapped food that might be causing tooth decay or bad odours, and using a small or medium-sized toothbrush with soft bristles can make brushing far more effective. Finishing off your brushing with a mouthwash can give you fresher breath, and aid the breakdown of any food that you might’ve missed or that stuck while you were brushing.

  1. Diet

Keeping a health, well-balanced diet can help you fight off halitosis. Avoiding overly sugary foods can stop tooth decay, as well as preventing the build-up of bacteria in your mouth as a whole. Avoiding anything with a strong flavour or odour, or anything spicy can be highly effective in reducing or eliminating halitosis, or prevent it from being made worse if the problem is down to something other than food.

  1. Scrape your tongue.

This can be done while you’re brushing your teeth, but scraping your tongue can remove the coating over your tongue that often holds onto odours and bacteria. Brushing your tongue gently with your toothbrush is all you need to do, or get hold of a toothbrush with a tongue-scraper on the back of it. Good oral hygiene is the best option when it comes to avoiding halitosis, and so it’s important to keep on top of brushing your teeth regularly.

  1. Avoid smoking and drinking.

Smoking in general is bad for you, but it’s a habit that many people still have. Whatever the reason for smoking, it could be the reason for your halitosis. Smoking can damage your gums, stain you teeth and give you bad breath and it’s not always as simple as brushing your teeth to get rid of the odour.

Similarly, drinking regularly can make you dehydrated and give you digestive problems, both of which could be giving you bad breath. Stopping drinking and working on eating and drinking right can reverse the effects.

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