In a survey on Match.com it was found that 80% of people would not arrange a second date with someone who had bad breath. Most people can suffer from this at one point or another but we thought we would look at the causes and ways to tackle it…
Bad breath can be caused by several factors;
Dry Mouth- lack of saliva can lead to a build up of bacteria in the mouth which might usually be washed away. If you suffer from Dry mouth speak to your GP or dentist about solutions which can help.
Tongue Bacteria- bacteria collects on the surface of the tongue and its rough texture can aid this. Make tongue cleaning part of your daily oral care routine.
Morning breath- this is one most of use get! Bacteria multiply when you sleep which is why we get a bit pongy in the morning!
Infrequent interdental cleaning- bacteria will collect between your teeth so it is important to clean in between them daily with either floss or interdental brushes.
Gum Problems- If you have gum disease we recommend seeing a hygienist more regularly, they can give you a more targeted oral care plan to follow.
Infrequent brushing- Brushing 2 minutes twice a day is important to remove food particles and soft plaque from your teeth.
Tooth decay- These can cause bad breath so it is important to visit your dentist regularly.
Diet- Certain foods can cause bad breath too, chewing sugar free gum or having a quick mouth rinse can help!