Christmas is a time for socialising and enjoying time with your family and friends, the last thing you want to do is worry about bad breath.
We are unable to smell our own breath so the only signs that you do have bad breath is when people turn away when you are talking to them, pull a funny face or touch their nose. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend or family member to confide in and ask about your breath, then you have to try and prevent it happening in the first place. Here is how you can do that.
Make sure you have a good oral care routine. This involves: Use ProFresh Mouthwash, tongue scrape, ProFresh Mouthwash again, brush teeth for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.
Food can be trapped between teeth and will putrify if not removed. Always use interdental brushes or floss.
Use an antibacterial mouthwash like ProFresh. Most mouthwashes simply mask bad breath and some contain alcohol which dry the mouth out making bad breath worse.
Tongue scraping – cleaning your tongue is so important. Bacteria collects on the tongue and and this needs to be removed each time you brush. Don’t scrape too hard however, as this will damage the surface of the tongue and make it sore.
Avoiding strong smelling foods such as garlic, onion and spices. If you do eat these foods, if possible rinse your mouth with mouthwash and brush your teeth. Dairy in particular (look out for the cheeseboards!) isn’t great for the breath. Dairy products can increase mucus secretion in the sinuses, leading to post nasal drip (which gets stuck on the back of the tongue) and it’s possible that excessive dairy consumption can leave to low level infection (sinusitis). Sinus infection is another potential cause of halitosis.
Alcohol. It’s hard to avoid over the festive period but if you can’t resist then try and drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have. This not only keeps your mouth lubricated but it might help with the hangover too!
Excessive consumption of coffee will have an effect on your breath, try and cut down as much as you can.
You can have the most immaculate oral care routine but if you smoke then your breath, clothes, hands and hair will smell. So you know what to do!
Make sure you visit the dentist and hygienist regularly. Gum disease and tooth decay has an affect on the breath.
If you have ticked every box on this list and you are still suffering with bad breath then you need to visit your dentist and your doctor as there may be a medical problem you aren’t aware of.
If you want to enjoy the festive period with confidence in your breath then use ProFresh Mouthwash. It’s antibacterial and destroys 99% of volatile sulphur gases and compounds. For fresh breath on the go then use the ProFresh Quick Spray Bottle, this pocket sized bottle will enable you to get rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath wherever you are.
The latest oral care advice on brushing your teeth from the BDA (British Dental Association) suggests that rinsing your mouth after brushing washes away the fluoride from your toothpaste.
This suggests our ProFresh Oral Care Routine is PERFECT because our ProFresh Mouthwash works best BEFORE brushing your teeth. We have always recommended using ProFresh Mouthwash first and then brushing your teeth afterwards. This is what the BDA had to say:
“Don’t use mouthwash straight after brushing your teeth or it will wash away the fluoride in your toothpaste (even if the mouthwash has fluoride, your toothpaste’s fluoride is more effective at protecting teeth)”
We all love watching Embarrassing Bodies on C4 from behind our cushions but this Doctor from EB gives some really useful advice about bad breath and how to get rid of it. This is what they had to say:
There’s no shame in having halitosis (or bad breath, as it is more commonly known). In fact, 95% of us suffer from bad breath at some time in our lives, and one in four adults suffers from bad breath on a regular basis. A quick way to test the potency of your breath is to lick the inside of your wrist with the back of your tongue, let it dry for a few seconds, and then smell. If you subsequently find yourself recoiling in horror from a foul stench, then you should perhaps consider visiting your dental hygienist. Bad breath usually stems from poor oral hygiene (including neglecting the tongue area, which hosts the bacteria that cause bad breath). However, smoking and drinking too much alcohol can also contribute. Sprays, mints and chewing gum will only temporarily mask your bad breath, whereas improving your oral hygiene will ultimately pay-off.
This video talks about gum disease being on of the main causes of bad breath, but we know there are other causes too. To see what other factors cause bad breath, read our article here What Causes Bad Breath and Halitosis
When we are young, our parents teach us to take care of our teeth. They tell us how important it is to visit the dentist, not to eat too many sweets and to brush our teeth at least twice a day. After all we only get one set of natural teeth.
So once we have our healthy adult teeth through, can we be more relaxed about our teeth and oral hygiene? Is it less important to visit the dentist as an adult?
The answer is we have to take even MORE care of our teeth as inadequate dental care is the major cause of oral diseases which can result in losing teeth. Oral hygiene can also have a negative impact on a person’s physical health.
! A person with gum disease are twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease or heart disease.
! Pneumonia has also been linked to poor oral care as the bacteria droplets from the mouth end up in the lungs.
! If you have diabetes, advanced gum disease can interfere with our body’s ability to use insulin.
! Saliva keeps the mouth moist and helps protect teeth from decay, if we need to take medications, these can sometimes have the side effect of a dry mouth.
We always recommend visiting your dentist regularly but between visits your must drink water to re-hydrate your mouth and keep it from drying out, brush frequently with a toothpaste containing fluoride and avoid excessive sugar products. Using a tongue scraper, dental floss and a good mouthwash is also very important.
Everyone suffers from a bit of bad breath from time to time but there are some habits that we have that make our breath smell a lot worse than it should.
Sleeping with your mouth open
Sleeping with your mouth open dries the mouth out, stripping the mouth of bacteria-killing saliva. So the dribble that ends up on the pillow is much more useful in your mouth! There isn’t a lot you can do if you sleep with your mouth open but brushing your teeth and using a good mouthwash before bed is a start.
If you skip a meal either on purpose to lose weight or because you have been too busy to eat, then that can cause bad breath. Skipping meals causes ketoacidosis which is the breakdown of body chemicals when you fast or skip meals. It causes a slightly fruity smell to the breath. Try to eat every 3-4 hours.
A Low-Carb Diet
If you are on a low-carb diet, you body is in a fat-burning state of ketosis. The chemicals that are released into the breath are called ketones. So even though the good news is you are losing weight – the bad news is your breath may stink! Keep sipping water to keep the mouth moist, use a good mouthwash and try not to stay on the low-carb diet for too long.
Brushing your Teeth at the Wrong Time
Some people like to brush their teeth as soon as they get up in the morning. This is fine but it’s best to brush them again after having breakfast. Ideally it’s best to brush your teeth after every time you eat but this is not always possible. The least you can do is have a glass of water after you eat (try rinsing the water round your mouth before you swallow). If there is food left in your mouth after eating, this could end up between your teeth and start breaking down. Not a nice thought. Or smell.
It has been noted that alcohol dries the mouth out (as above). It triggers a certain odour when the body metabolises alcohol causing your breath to smell bad. If you are having an evening out and can’t avoid that glass of wine (or two!), then try to have a glass of water between drinks. (Helps with a hangover too!).
Not only can it benefit you socially and help you in other things such as your careers and relationships, but it also has many more practical benefits.
Your teeth have such an important role to play in your life. They help you chew and digest food, they help you to talk and speak clearly and they also give your face its shape.
Because of this, it only makes sense to give your oral health the best care possible.
National Smile Month is a chance to take a look at oral health, learn more about why a healthy smile is so important and share tips on how to improve and maintain it.
The three key messages are the bread and butter principles for developing great oral health:
Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
These messages provide a good starting point for us but there’s so much more we can learn.
Let’s be honest, maintaining a general level of good oral health is a fairly simple task. It’s not time consuming or costly, yet many people still choose to ignore the most basic day-to-day hygiene routines.
A staggering number of people brush for less than two minutes, our diet as a nation has become over-reliant on added sugars while millions of people haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years.
The consequences of these over a long period of time, can lead to unnecessary, invasive and expensive treatment. There are direct oral health problems that can arise such as gum disease and tooth decay while the repercussions of poor oral health go further than our mouth.
An increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, dementia, complications during pregnancy and male sexual health problems are just a few of the likely outcomes of not looking after our teeth.
So there we have it. The benefits of developing and maintaining a healthy mouth are clear for all of us to see, as are the dangers of an unhealthy mouth. Following the basic rules and adopting a sensible daily routine should be high on all our agendas. By using National Smile Month as an opportunity to prioritise our oral health, we will soon see what a remarkably positive difference it makes to many aspects of our lives.
Tonsil stones are also known as tonsilloliths. They are caused by debris and bacteria building up and getting stuck in the tonsils. The debris including mucus from post nasal drop turns putrid in the back of the throat and collects in the small pockets on the surface of the tonsils.
To find out more about how tonsil stones are formed and how you can get rid of them, watch this really helpful video.
Tonsil stones look like little white or yellow balls. They can be so small that they are unnoticeable or fairly large (up to a few centimetres wide).
Tonsil stone peeking out from a crevice near the tonsils
A tonsil stone that has been extracted from the tonsil area They are small but very smelly.
Tonsil Stones don’t always cause symptoms, but some may include:
Feeling like there is something stuck at the back of the throat
How do you get rid of Tonsil Stones?
Tonsil stones are an annoying and often embarrassing phenomenon. Everyone is unique therefore tonsil stones are caused by different factors in different people.
Gargling with warm salt water helps to reduce the discomfort and pain associated with tonsil stones. Gargling is effective technique which will help you to get rid of tonsil stones. Normal salt solution can be used after every meal to flush out the food particles from your mouth.
Coughing and opening your mouth wide may help dislodge tonsil stones
Using a cotton bud and gently pressing the tonsil from the bottom and gently prodding a little higher each time, this may help push the tonsil stones out. Remember to press gently.
You could use a medicine dropper. The suction from the dropper can suck up the tonsil stones from the holes in your tonsils.
An exercise to do is extend the head backward, place the tongue at the roof of the mouth and swallow.
These are just suggestions from other sufferers and should be tried at your own risk.
Can I prevent Tonsil Stones from forming in the first place?
Simple and obvious but make sure you brush your teeth in the morning and evening and ideally after every meal brushing will dislodge the small food particles that get stuck in your teeth and helps keep your mouth bacteria free.
Always use a tongue scraper as part of your oral care routine. Once you have brushed your teeth reach as far back on your tongue as you can without gagging. This will remove bacteria that has built up on your tongue which your toothbrush may have missed.
Gargle with alcohol free mouth wash like ProFresh or salt water ideally every time you brush your teeth
Don’t eat just before you go to bed – food particles remain in your mouth while you sleep and will accumulate in your tonsils.
Eliminate or cut down on dairy products in your diet – dairy products encourage the build up of mucus and calcium, which are components that make up tonsil stones.
If you are thirsty drink water, water keeps your mouth moist; fizzy drinks, juices and caffeine drinks can encourage tonsil stone growth.
Use a powerful flosser such as the WaterPik Water Flosser to ensure you remove all the bacteria and food debris from your mouth
A survey recently conducted by us at ProFresh found that 90% of people questioned have held back from kissing a partner because they were worried about their own bad breath. This backs up a survey conducted a few years ago by Philips Sonicare that bad breath is the biggest turn-off on a first date. This explains why so many people are conscious of bad breath.
The Impact of Bad Breath on your Love Life
Kissing comes naturally to human beings. It is a demonstrations of affection and helps bonding with another person.
Another survey conducted by mysinglefriend.com, dating website launched by Sarah Beeny found that 88% of people think it’s fine to kiss on the first date hence why oral hygiene is a must when love is in the air!
Halitosis or bad breath makes a sufferer afraid to kiss as this may lead to rejection. For those who are single, it can make dating very difficult. Those who are married may have relationship issues because of bad breath. This may be the sufferer rejecting intimacy or refraining from showing affection and therefore rejecting the other partner. In some religions, bad breath can be cited as grounds for divorce!
Dental Expert’s Opinion on Survey – One cannot assess their own breath, others can
Dr. Crossetti, a Dental Expert and Spokesperson for ProFresh says offensive breath (halitosis) is caused by a bacteria build up in the mouth and often occurs in spite of good oral hygiene. Products sold over the counter are temporary cover ups and have no effect on the bacteria that cause bad breath. 20 years of patient use have demonstrated through professional testing that ProFresh eliminates bad breath odour for 6-8 hours after rinsing. One cannot assess their own breath odour, it can only be evaluated by others which is very embarrassing for the sufferer. Using ProFresh daily will eliminate any anxiety over personal breath odour.
What can help get rid of bad breath?
Firstly, visit your dentist to see if there are any underlying issues. Ensure your oral hygiene is thorough, this includes brushing, flossing, tongue scraping and using a non-alcoholic mouth wash. Activated chlorine dioxide (ProFresh) attacks the volatile sulphur gases in the mouth, neutralising them and the smell they produce.
Amazing Results. Studies found that using a tongue scraper in conjunction with ProFresh® Mouth Wash, could effectively eliminate 99.9% of biofilm and bacteria. These findings continue to be reported at professional dental conferences around the world. ProFresh® is the original, and patented, Activated ClO2 Mouth Wash and the most effective bad breath product in the world. So use ProFresh and get kissing!
If you want to have fresh breath, flossing is a very important part of your oral care routine. It doesn’t matter how well you brush your teeth, or how long for, however brilliant the toothbrush brand say the bristles are and where they can reach they still cannot reach all the food and debris from between your teeth. Flossing is the only way to do this.
If you don’t floss regularly, the food particles between your teeth will start to break down and this will cause not only bad breath but tooth decay and gum disease.
How often should you be Flossing?
The very minimum is once a day. You really should floss each time you brush your teeth, preferably before brushing. If you feel you only have time to floss once a day, the best time is before bed so that any trapped food debris is removed before it starts to decay.
Floss BEFORE brushing. Flossing will loosen the debris between your teeth, then brushing will further remove the debris. You must use mouthwash or water to rinse and spit after brushing and flossing as this will remove the particles from your mouth completely.
What’s the best tool for Flossing?
There are 3 types of tool for flossing:
Traditional Dental Floss/Sticks
The floss, either on a stick or on a roll,slides between the teeth and below
the gumline removing food debris and helping to dislodge plaque.
Powerfloss Oral Irrigator
With the Powerfloss Oral Irrigator, you can directly target inaccessible areas and blast away debris that is caught between the teeth. You use water inside the flosser or to enhance the flosser even more, you can fill the water flosser with ProFresh Mouthwash to ensure that the mouthwash gets between the teeth too.
The Power Floss Oral Irrigator does not need batteries so is easy to use on the go.
WaterPik Water Flosser
The WaterPik Water Flosser is more powerful than the Powerfloss tool as it has a chargeable battery. The WaterPik fires out water in pulsations to clean deep between the teeth and below the gumline. This removes harmful bacteria and debris that traditional flosses can’t reach. The WaterPik removes up to 99.9% in 3 seconds from the treated area.