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Fight Bad Breath

Job interview? Date? Don’t get caught with bad breath!

Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda

Having bad breath (BB)  is equally embarrassing as having a booger sticking out of your nose. Worse is if you don’t even realize you’ve got BB. Consider me as that friend tells you you’ve got BB (or a booger up your nose).

What is normal BB?

BB in the morning as soon as you wake up is normal. That’s why it’s called morning breath. BB when you’re hungry is also normal. Being cranky when you’re hungry is a given.


How to avoid BB?

Brush your tongue.

Your tongue has heaps of tiny grooves and lumps and bumps on it. That’s heaps of surface area for the BB germs to grip onto.


How to brush your tongue?

After you brush your teeth, wash your toothbrush. Put a bit of fresh toothpaste on it. Stick your tongue out so it becomes stiff and scrub up and down along your tongue with the toothbrush, for about 10 seconds. Wash the toothbrush and rinse your mouth with tap water. Done.


Other ways to improve your breath is stuff I am sure you already know. It’s pretty much making sure your bad is stocked with the essential items:

  • sugar-free mint gum
  • a snack so you’re not starving (nuts are filling, tasty and healthy)
  • a bottle of water

You can have a sample size bottle of mint mouthwash too but I just prefer the chewing gum.

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What is abnormal BB?

It’s usually the partner who will complain of their partner having BB. It’s usually an ongoing, chronic and persistent unpleasant smell. It doesn’t go away after brushing. The cause is usually gum disease. A telltale sign is bleeding and/or sore gums.


How to manage abnormal BB?

Get a professional clean by the dentist. The dentist may prescribe you a course of antibiotics but this is unlikely but you should be aware that there is a small chance you’ll find yourself taking antibiotics.

Improve on your dental health (for example, investing in a good quality electric toothbrush).


Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda




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