Bad breath or halitosis is a common and embarrassing problem. It is usually related to bacteria coating the tongue, tooth decay and or active gum disease/ infection. For the most part it is a temporary problem that can be easily rectified.
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Tips for Better Breath.
- Clean your tongue gently with tongue cleaner as directed by Dr Osie
- Have your teeth cleaned periodically ( 6 months is ideal) by our team.
- Brush and floss your teeth as recommended by Dr Osie. Practice complete oral health and brush behind the back teeth in each row.
- Eat fibrous vegetables, such as carrots and celery. This helps to keep the tongue clean.
- Clean your mouth after eating and drinking proteins, such as milk products, fish and meat. The bacterial coating breaks down protein to produce sulfur.
- Drink plenty of liquids but be aware that drinking too much coffee may make the situation worse.
- Get control over the problem. Ask a family member to tell you whenever you have bad breath.
- Clean your dentures very well with a denture brush and soak overnight in an antiseptic solution as recommended by your dental professional.
- If you have a dry mouth your tongue coating will be worse. Post-nasal drip due to allergies or illness will make your breath worse, as continuous protein mucous is broken down by tongue coating and gives off sulfur.
- If odour comes from your nose or stomach and not from your mouth, see a doctor immediately as it may be caused by medical problems.