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Say bye bye to bad breath; ...once and for all! Don't let foul odours control your life - read our expert solutions to your oral hygiene problems.

Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is thought to affect almost half of the adult population in the UK. Whether it's because of our love of garlic and coffee, or due to bad brushing habits, this embarrassing problem impacts us all at some point in our lives. Don't sit back and suffer the effects of stinky breath, find out what could be causing the foul smells from top dental experts, and how you can stay fresh all day

Q How can I tell if I have bad breath?

A Lick the inside of your wrist, let it dry and sniff. If the smell is bad, you most likely have bad breath.

Q If I have bad breath, does it also mean I have gum disease?

A10 still not their least once that's a 40% 'Gum disease and other infections in the mouth can cause very bad breath,' us!

says Dr Henry Clover, chief dental officer at Denplan. 'You might also find you have an unpleasant taste in your mouth from the odours released from the bacterial infection.' You may not have gum disease, but if your bad breath is persistent and you notice blood when you brush, then make an appointment with your dentist.

Q Flossing is such a hassle, does it really make a difference?

A Flossing is one of the most important parts of oral health care, as it gets right in between the teeth. 'Neglecting to clean teeth interdentally can leave as much as 40% of the tooth surface untouched and exposed to bacteria. Use the floss to gently rub the side of the tooth in an up-and-down motion, to get rid of any residual bits of food,' says Dr Harold Katz, founder of The California Breath Clinics & developer of the The Breath Company.

f the QI drink lots of coffee, but it gives me bad breath.

What can I do to prevent it?

A We're a nation of coffee drinkers, so if you're not willing to give up your daily cup or two, try drinking water afterwards. 'Drinking water can wash away some bacteria,' says Dr Katz, 'so you should rinse your mouth after eating or drinking.' If that's not enough, chew a sugar-free mint after you've finished.

Q Since starting a diet, my breath smells. Why?

A Many diets are high in protein (containing lots of meat and eggs), and often you'll notice your f 'B prot of food breath smells worse while following one. 'Bacteria love protein, and a lot of foods are packed with the proteins that bad breath bacteria will rapidly convert to a smelly waste,' says Dr Katz. Try also eating foods that have low acid levels, such as wholegrains and vegetables.

Q What's the best remedy for bad breath - mouthwash or mints?

A'Using a mouthwash is a good way to help with tooth decay and gum disease,' says Dr Katz. 'However, strong mouthwashes that contain alcohol will make your mouth dry - which is one of the causes of bad breath!' If you prefer to chew on mints, then make sure you buy the sugar-free versions, as sugars feed the bad bacteria in your mouth too.

QI brush my teeth twice a day, why does my breath smell?

A Sadly, even if you have a great brushing routine, you can still have bad breath. 'As well as residing in the plaque that covers the surface of teeth, bacteria can also live on the rough surface of the tongue,' says Dr Amit Rai, general dental practitioner. Smells can also travel up from your stomach, so speak to your doctor if you suspect you may be suffering from a gastro-related condition.

Q How can I disguise garlic breath?

A Garlic, although tasty, is one of the smelliest foods out there. If you fancy snacking on some garlic bread, then be aware that others may notice the smell on you, even if you don't. Brush your teeth after eating it, drink some water - and if you're worried about your partner noticing, then get them to share the food with you!

ware ven if you k some water noticing, then 4 in 10 Brits are still not brushing their teeth at least once a day - that's a whopping 40% of us!
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Date:Jul 3, 2016
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