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Poor oral hygiene ‘can cause bad breath’


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.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19867515-ADNFCR

Reduce sugar intake ‘to protect teeth’


Reduce sugar intake 'to protect teeth'Avoiding excessive amounts of sugar is vital for maintaining long-term oral health care, according to one expert.

Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible, associate professor Bernadette Drummond from Otago University’s School of Dentistry, told the National.

She said: “If you dissolve the surface of your teeth there is nothing you can do – it is gone.”

The specialist warned parents that children and teenagers who consume excessive amounts of high sugar items will have corroded teeth and require cosmetic dentistry to prevent further damage.

Ms Drummond recommended having fruit juice no more than once or twice a day and trying not to give very acidic products to youngsters.

She explained how once the harm has been done the only option left is to place crowns on the teeth, which they will have to wear for the rest of their lives.

Dr Philippa Sawyer, chairwoman of the Australian Dental Association oral health committee, recently commented that individuals were often unaware of what foods they should be keeping away from in order to prevent tooth decay, the Herald Sun reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19861770-ADNFCR

Beware sugary health foods, experts warn


Beware sugary health foods, experts warnPeople need to be more aware of food contents in order to prevent tooth decay becoming prevalent, one expert has claimed.

Dr Philippa Sawyer, chairwoman of the Australian Dental Association oral health committee, said: “People don’t necessarily understand what causes tooth decay,” the Herald Sun reports.

She went on to explain that snacking throughout the day is a contributing factor in why there has been a rise in the number of cases of rotten teeth, which could lead to individuals requiring emergency dentistry.

The medical professional’s comments came after a study by the Australian Dental Association’s Victorian branch and consumer activist Choice found muesli bars and orange juice had very high sugar and acidity levels.

A warning about fruit was also given by Tania Ferraretto, dietician with Nutrition Professionals Australia, who described how a lot of fruit is acidic so it is necessary to ensure teeth are regularly and properly cleaned to prevent damage.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, recently advised people to limit their intake of sweet drinks and chew sugar free gum to help protect tooth enamel from corrosive fizzy drinks.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19850669-ADNFCR

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