Halitosis? Take a deep breath


WE ALL  know the feeling. Starting off the day with fresh breath gives you the confidence to tackle your day. But that feeling starts to dissipate after our first meal, and the fresh feeling from brushing is slowly replaced with the fear of bad breath.

So, how can you maintain that deep clean feeling in your mouth throughout the day?

GSK Consumer Healthcare medical expert and dentist Dr. Jim DiMarino shares a few handy tricks:

Bad breath is often caused by food particles and debris that get stuck in and around your teeth. “I recommend that my patients chew sugar-free gum after meals to promote saliva production and free bits of trapped food.” said DiMarino. Look for gum that contains xylitol, an ingredient that inhibits the growth of oral bacteria.

In some cases, bad breath can also arise from excess stomach acid. A good way to fight this is to start your morning off with an alkaline-rich green juice, made with ingredients like kale and spinach, which can ease a sour stomach. Follow up with a glass of water to balance the pH of your mouth to keep your teeth strong.

“We all know about the importance of flossing.” said DiMarino. ‘When food and debris aren’t removed, they promote bacteria growth, causing the release of volatile sulphur compounds that lead to bad breath. Flossing doesn’t only have to happen at home: store single-use flossers at your desk at work or your car for use on the go7

A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Drinking water helps to prevent bad breath by assisting to clear out unwanted debris and bacteria. It is important to try to drink water with every meal to ensure you get at least 48 ounces a day.

Choose toothpaste that will give you a deep clean. “I remind my patients of the importance of using the right toothpaste, especially if you have sensitive teeth:’ said DiMarino. “Get the multiple benefits of new Sensodyne Deep Clean toothpaste. Its formula provides advanced cleaning, lasting freshness and sensitivity relief.