Dr Pixie: Bad breath really isn’t pleasant, not for you or anybody else. But halitosis affects 50% of us at some stage in our lives and it’s not always easy to know that you’ve got it. So if you’d rather find out yourself rather than from a stranger, a loved one or even a colleague, then do the lick and sniff test. Simply lick the inside of your wrist, wait for 10 seconds and then sniff. If it smells unpleasant, chances are so does your breath. Bad breath can be out of your control. About 10% of cases are due to medical conditions like diabetes, sinusitis or tonsillitis. Some medicines actually cause bad breath as well. In a lot of cases it’s down to personal choice. If you choose to eat strong smelling foods like onions, garlic or drink coffee then your breath is going to smell. If you choose to smoke you’re going to risk the stale stench of cigarettes on your breath and, in addition, because smoking increases your risk of gum disease this in turn makes your breath smell. Bad breath is embarrassing. For the majority of people there is actually something you can do about it. In 90% of cases it is due to poor dental hygiene. So how do you improve the problem? Have a dental check up at least once a year. Brush your teeth morning and night time for at least 2 minutes with a fluoride-based toothpaste. Always floss. Rinse your mouth out with anti-bacterial or anti-odour mouthwash. Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months and always use a separate brush to brush your tongue. You can chew sugar free chewing gum to actually stimulate saliva which in itself is a self cleaning agent. If you feel that you have a medical condition or are on medication that is contributing to your bad breath go along and talk to you doctor.
Quick Health Advice: Bad Breath
Around 95% of us suffer from halitosis (or bad breath) at some time in our lives, and one in four adults suffer from it on a regular basis. In this exclusive guide, Dr McKenna demonstrates a simple technique to check for bad breath, and advises on ways we can ultimately prevent the ‘death breath’. She also reminds us that around 90% of bad breath cases are due to poor oral hygiene, so a visit to the dental hygienist at least once a year wouldn’t hurt. Well, it might do…but would you rather have bad breath?
Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.
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