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Love your smile - top tips for the freshest breath

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Do you worry about having bad breath? Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be an embarrassing, but surprisingly common problem caused by eating certain foods, drinking alcohol or tobacco use. It can also be a problem for anyone suffering with dry mouth or certain chronic medical conditions.

The most common cause of halitosis is poor oral hygiene. A build-up of bacteria in the mouth, especially where a toothbrush can’t easily reach, causes inflammation and a bad odour that can also lead to cavities and gum disease if not remedied.

Too many sticky sweets and drinks, or eating onions, garlic and some spicy foods can also lead to bad breath. Drinking too much coffee, excessive alcohol consumption and of course smoking all add to the problem. So what are the easiest and best ways to avoid bad breath?

Top tips

  • Brush your teeth. Regular brushing for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is the number one way to keep your breath fresh and your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Interdental cleaning. Cleaning in between the teeth and around the gums is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. When you brush your teeth with a manual or electric toothbrush you only clean around 60% of the tooth surface. Flossing and interdental brushes are recommended as a way to get your teeth totally clean and free of trapped food particles.
  • Clean your tongue! It might sound strange, but gently cleaning your tongue once a day with a tongue scraper or with your toothbrush helps to keep bad breath at bay.
  • Visit the dentist/hygienist regularly. This is the best way to ensure you’re looking after your oral health properly. If you’re concerned you may have bad breath you should always visit your dentist first to check for any dental or other underlying problems and ensure you have routine professional hygiene appointments to give your teeth and gums a deep clean every 3 to 4 months.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking not only causes bad breath but is also a major factor in gum disease. Smoking causes people to produce more dental plaque and as a consequence allows gum disease to progress more quickly than in non-smokers.
  • Healthy snacking. Foods such as nuts, crispy fresh fruit and crunchy vegetables all help to step up your saliva flow between meals to help wash away the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Cheese is also good as it causes the salivary gland to produce more saliva, which neutralises acid in the mouth.
  • Change your toothbrush. Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush don’t forget to change your brush or brush head at least every three months. A clean brush equals a cleaner mouth!

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We're here to help

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Bad breath can be frustrating and embarrassing, enough to even find yourself avoiding some social situations. Fortunately, though, it can be treated by the team at Ringley Park who can identify and address the underlying causes and keep bad breath at bay by following the tips outlined above.

Oral Hygiene at Ringley Park

If you have any concerns about your oral health book an appointment with us as soon as possible. We’re here to help treat this common but annoying condition and get you to truly love your smile! Call us today on 01737 240123.


Ringley Park Dental Practice
59 Reigate Road
Surrey, RH2 0QZ


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Tue-Fri: 8:00am-5:30pm
Other appointments may be available by prior arrangement


Phone: 01737 240123
Email: info@ringleypark.org
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