Treating bad breath

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Treatment for bad breath depends on what is causing it.

The simplest and most effective treatment is usually improving your dental hygiene. To avoid bad breath, keep your mouth and teeth clean:

  • regularly brush your teeth and gums
  • floss in between your teeth
  • keep your tongue clean

Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy

Your dentist is likely to recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using toothpaste containing fluoride.

  • Choose a small to medium sized toothbrush with soft, multi-tufted synthetic bristles.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
  • Brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time.
  • Brush all areas of your teeth, and particularly where the teeth meet the gums.
  • Your dentist or hygienist may recommend a special single-tufted brush for specific problem areas of your mouth.
  • Use a separate toothbrush, or tongue scraper, to lightly brush your tongue (some toothbrushes have a ‘tongue cleaner’ on the reverse of the brush head).
  • Use dental floss to clean between your teeth and remove any trapped food that could cause tooth decay.
  • Your dentist may suggest daily rinsing with an anti-bacterial or anti-odour mouthwash (this should not replace brushing, but can be included in your daily routine).
  • Avoid brushing your teeth for 30 minutes after drinking an acidic drink, such as fruit juice, or eating acidic fruit, such as oranges, to help prevent tooth erosion.

How can your dentist help?

Your dentist can recommend the best way to clean your teeth and gums and show you any areas you might be missing. Regular check-ups with your dentist will make sure any plaque is removed from your teeth, especially in hard-to-reach areas. It will also ensure any signs of gum disease are noted and treated early on.

Wearing dentures

If you wear dentures, take them out at night to give your mouth a chance to rest and clean them twice a day:

  • Do not clean dentures with toothpaste, which can scratch the surface and cause stains to build up.
  • Clean them thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water, a denture cream or a denture-cleaning tablet.
  • Use a separate toothbrush to clean your dentures.

This routine should make sure your dentures stay fresh and clean and avoid the build-up of plaque, which could cause bad breath.

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