Many people suffer from bad breath, or halitosis, at some point in their lives. Luckily there are several ways to treat the problem; your local London dentist can tell you the best treatment for your specific needs. The most important step is to maintain a good dental hygiene routine, with brushing, flossing and mouthwash. These easy steps will assure that all the bacteria and food particles that build up in your mouth are washed away before they can begin to break down. You must visit your dentist at least once a year to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and you can even get a scaling and polish while you’re at it.
Brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day is the most effective way to avoid bad breath. Using a soft toothbrush with a small head will allow you to reach all areas of your mouth to thoroughly clean all areas. Brushing your teeth properly will take about two minutes each time. Fluoride based toothpastes are essentially for not only combating bad breath but also for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If your bad breath is persistent, ask your dentist about speciality toothpastes that are designed to target the causes of bad breath.
A healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and low fats and sugars will also help fight bad breath and maintain strong teeth and gums. Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and help keep your mouth clean throughout the day and should reduce the chances of bad breath. Speak to your London dentist for more information about keep bad breath under control.