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  • 12 June 2015

  • Family dentistry

Bad breath

Bad breath is embarrassing for you and for the people around you. Here are some tips on how to fight it.

Bad breath is due in part to the breakdown of proteins in the digestive system, which are then exhaled through the lungs. Certain foods are especially likely to cause bad breath, for example onions and garlic, which contain components that seep into the bloodstream and travel to the lungs, where they are subsequently exhaled. In some cases, brushing your teeth, eating candies or chewing gum only masks the smell temporarily.

Poor oral hygiene and oral diseases can also cause bad breath. As such, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits and to visit your dentist regularly in order to prevent gum disease, which could affect your breath.

Whether you have your natural teeth, implants or dentures, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. You can also brush your tongue gently to dislodge any bacteria that may have built up on it.

Smokers should know that, in addition to staining and yellowing their teeth, the chemicals in cigarettes can also cause bad breath.

Persistent bad breath can be a sign of more serious health problems. Do not hesitate to consult a professional for more information and advice.