Keep your valentine happy!
A recent survey by the British Dental Health Foundation has revealed that bad breath is a major concern for over 1/4 of the population – not good news for budding romances on Valentine ’s Day!
More than half of the respondents said that to be attractive, your teeth and smile are one of the most important physical attributes.
Here’s how to smile proud on Valentine’s Day
So this Valentine’s day, spare a thought for your partner, by heeding this advice from the Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter:
‘If you’re going out on a date, think carefully about what you’re eating. Garlic, coffee and onions all have the potential to cause bad breath, so if you’re hoping to get a kiss after the date, look for foods which won’t leave a bad taste in the mouth.
‘If you need to freshen your breath up, carry some sugarfree gum, as chewing will stimulate saliva and help prevent your mouth from drying out.
‘Perhaps even take a couple of minutes to floss or clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes before you leave, as bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. If you are a smoker, kick the habit for the night, as tobacco also causes bad breath.
‘The bacteria on our own teeth that will build up if you don’t brush twice a day will release gases, causing bad breath, so correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh. Brushing your tongue, or using a tongue scraper, will also help to reduce bad breath.
‘Although some medical problems may be the cause of bad breath including sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, and infections of the nose, throat and lungs, bad breath is most often caused by a lack of good oral hygiene.
‘To test if you have bad breath, simply lick the inside of your wrist, let it dry and sniff. If the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure you have bad breath. If it continues, visit your dentist or hygienist for advice on how to clean more thoroughly.’
If you are in need of a dentist nearby, contact The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry. They are one of London’s best cosmetic dentist practices and offer award winning treatments.
The dentists at LCCD offer an extensive bad breath treatment. They find out the root cause of bad breath and treat your mouth accordingly. See more information.
- Scaling and root planning
- Laser gum treatment