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8 Great Ways to Keep Your Breath Fresh

Keep your Breath Fresh with these 8 tips from Sunshine Coast Smile Centre

Keeping your breath fresh is an issue many people suffer from.

Infact Halitosis is believed to be the third most common reason to visit a dentist after tooth decay and periodontal disease and it certainly is no laughing matter.

A common affliction, bad breath, as it is better known, is characterised by unpleasant odours being released from your mouth when breathing. A situation which can make the sufferer feel very embarrassed and self-conscious. Halitosis, in the large majority of cases originates in the mouth itself.

A combination of the Latin word ‘halitus’, meaning 'breath', with the Greek suffix ‘osis’ which was often used to describe a medical condition, halitosis is not a new phenomenon. Indeed records dating back to 1550 B.C. have been found to reference the ailment. A mouthwash of wine and herbs was once the recommended way to eradicate the problem!

Whilst this has long since been discredited as the best way of tackling this issue, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from it. This list of 8 great ways to keep your breath fresh explains more:


"A good, professional cleaning from your dental hygienist can do wonders for the cleanliness of your mouth"


1. Brush Your Teeth

The best way to combat the need for any kind of dental treatment is to brush your teeth twice a day, preferably after breakfast and before you go to bed, using an electric toothbrush. This will significantly reduce the presence of germs, bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums and will ensure your breath is fresher than it otherwise would be.


2. Use a Tongue Scraper

Once you have brushed your teeth, use a tongue scraper to remove the dead cells and bacteria that is embedded between the taste buds on your tongue. Bacteria on your tongue is a major cause of bad breath. Tongue scraping, along with twice daily brushing, will significantly reduce the chances of you suffering from bad breath.


3. Floss Regularly

Flossing is another important step in the oral hygiene process as it helps remove plaque and food that has become wedged between your teeth. Ideally you should do this after every meal and at the very least, once in the morning after breakfast, and at night before you go to bed.


4. Use Mouthwash

A good quality mouthwash can play an effective role in your overall oral hygiene process as it will loosen bits of food from your mouth and reduce bacteria. However it is generally not considered a good way of ridding yourself of bad breath as an isolated strategy.


Flossing regularly should be a part of your daily oral hygience routine
Flossing regularly should be a part of your daily oral hygience routine


5. Drink Plenty of Water

Ensuing your body is properly hydrated is an excellent way to kick start its own natural cleansing processes. With regards to maintaining fresh breath it also helps to wash away food particles from your teeth.


6. Chew Gum

According to Professor Laurence Walsh, head of the Dental School at the University of Queensland, ‘there is now very good evidence that sugar-free gum has positive benefits on dental health above and beyond other measures such as using fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated water’.

Chewing gum is known to increase the production of saliva, which helps clean and protect your teeth as well as strengthening your enamel.


7. Avoid foods that can cause bad breath

If you suffer regularly from bad breath there are a number of foods you may consider either eradicating from your diet completely or significantly reducing your consumption of them.

This includes garlic and onions whose smelly sulphur compounds become absorbed in your bloodstream and gets expelled when you breath out, and also the likes of coffee and alcohol.


8. Visit your dental hygienist at least twice a year

A good, professional cleaning from your dental hygienist can do wonders for the cleanliness of your mouth. You will be amazed at how much fresher your mouth will feel after it.


Need Help To Keep Your Breath Fresh?


If you are struggling to keep your breath fresh why not contact Sunshine Coast Smile Centre to make an appointment at our Maroochydore based practice.

We understand Halitosis can be very embarrassing so will do our best to make your breath fresh again.



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