Poor oral hygiene ‘can cause bad breath’
People who suffer from bad breath have been advised by one expert to clean their teeth after eating and increase their fluid intake.
Dr Nabin Basnet explained bad breath is most common after a night’s sleep due to the saliva flow slowing down as people rest, Republica reports.
He recommended consuming regular fluids that help dispel the scent by washing the mouth out and removing any plaque, which if allowed to build up may lead to the need for emergency dentistry.
Additionally a foul-smelling odour can be the result of inadequate teeth cleaning, in which case it was recommended individuals ensure they scrub around their teeth and gums thoroughly.
The dentist suggested brushing teeth after eating as bacteria can develop within ten to 15 minutes of consuming food and begin to cause damage, he said.
Snacking throughout the day was recently suggested by Dr Philippa Sawyer, chairwoman of the Australian Dental Association, to be a contributing factor in why tooth decay appears to be becoming more prevalent, the Herald Sun reported.