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    18 Chepstow Corner,
    Pembridge Villas,
    W2 4XE

Bad Breath


What causes bad breath?
Halitosis – the medical term – is typically the result of poor dental hygiene habits, allowing sulphur-producing rotten-egg-smelling bacteria to multiply not only between the teeth but on and around the gums and tongue. It may also be the result of dry mouth (due to reduced saliva flow for whatever reason), gum disease or other underlying dental or medical issues.
How can you tell if your breath stinks?
Follow our 3 Top Tips to check if you have an issue: 1) Lick the inside of your wrist and allow it to dry – if it smells, that means your breath smells; 2) Use dental floss between your back teeth (where plaque and food particles always love to hide) – if it smells, your breath will too; 3) Poke
your tongue out as far as you can – if it has a whitish coating, that’s a pretty sure sign of bad breath.
How do you get rid of bad breath?
The starting point for getting rid this problem permanently is to follow a 4-step oral hygiene routine twice a day: 1) Brush for 2 minutes; 2) Clean between your teeth using floss, interdental brushes or a water flosser; 3) Clean your tongue with your brush or a tongue scraper; 4) Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash. And don’t forget to go for regular hygiene appointments, as even the best home routine can’t remove hardened plaque (tartar) or reach every part of your mouth. Does a dirty tongue cause bad breath? Yes, a furry or coated tongue can absolutely cause a smell.

Bad Breath

So, that’s why you should be sure to clean your tongue as part of your everyday oral hygiene routine, either with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper, paying special attention to the back of your tongue – the perfect place for bacteria to colonise as it’s so tricky to reach.
How do you get rid of smelly breath that won’t go away?
If you have constant bad breath despite following our 4-step oral hygiene routine, including cleaning your tongue and using antibacterial mouth rinse, as well as going for regular check-ups and hygienist appointments, you should come in and see us so we can find the underlying cause.
We’re here to help!

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