What To Do If You Have Bad Breath

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Six Things To Do If You Have Bad Breath

Woken up with bad breath? Got some anonymous feedback from a coworker or family member? Wondering why you can’t score a second date? Time to fix your stinky breath!

A 2012 study showed that a majority of young people aged 18-34 had backed out an “intimate moment” because the other person had bad breath! (source) They said they could overlook almost all traits like dressing poorly or sweaty palms – but stinky bad breath was a dealbreaker.

There are many things that cause cause bad breath (also known as halitosis). The most common causes are dental in origin. You can see all the 6 most common causes of bad breath here!

So if you do have breath, here are six specific things you can do to improve it!

  1. Rinse your mouth out
    • Bad breath is often caused by bacteria in the mouth. Swish some mouth rinse to blast them and enjoy the minty taste at the same time!
    • It’s the simplest solution to give you short and help with long term bad breath control
    • If you don’t like/can’t stand the taste of mouth rinse – even just swishing with water after eating has been reported to improve bad breath
  2. Improve your oral hygiene AKA brush twice per day properly and floss in between your teeth
    • Brush twice per day – it is a life sentence. Soft toothbrush, toothpaste, two minutes. A simple recipe.
    • Some people find better results with an electric toothbrush
    • Put the whitening toothpaste aside if you have bad breath problems – just use boring regular paste
  3. Clean that tongue!
    • Odour is worst on the tongue for many people. Clean it every day!
    • The easiest way is to use a manual toothbrush when you brush your teeth spend ten seconds gently cleaning the tongue with the bristles
    • A tongue scraper is an awesome cheap tool that many people find helps them greatly
  4. Put the cigarettes aside
    • Much of the bad smell from smoking comes from the cigarettes itself  – some people say e-cigarettes give them less odour issues
    • Quit smoking or reduce it before events that you are worried about the smell
    • The odour of smoking is also inhaled and sticks around in the lungs – so masking the breath helps but there will always be some odour
  5. Chew gum
    • Bad breath? Sugar free chewing gum should be your best friend.
    • Low saliva flow or dry mouth? Sugar free chewing gum should be your best friend.
    • Gum is MUCH better than mints or sprays at giving you long term freshness
  6. Avoid stinky foods (garlic, onion)
    • Brush all you want, after you go to town on a garlic rich meal – the smell will stick around. Avoid heavily scented foods before important events when you are worried about the smell of your breath.

Questions or comments about what you do? Comment below!

How Much Sugar In Drinks Infographics

The primary source of added sugar in our diets is from sugary drinks. It can be crazy to find out exactly how much sugar there is in some of these drinks. When you are eating and drinking do you consider that the drink you choose might have as many calories as the meal itself?

People often put together images that show the amount of sugar. You can see some in the gallery below.

How Many Sugar Cubes in Coke
Different amounts of sugar cubes in the varieties of Coke
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Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis

Other names for Sugar

There are many different names for sugar that you may notice on the label for drinks. Each of these names essentially means “sugar” and you should add it to your daily sugar total!

    Corn syrup
    Fruit juice concentrates
    High-fructose corn syrup


Water, unsweetened beverages, soda water, occasional juices, milk. These are all great alternatives! I hope you take notice of hidden sugars and find ways to avoid them!

The Top 3 Ways To Stop Tooth Decay In Kids

Tooth decays largely preventable but remains a massive health problem worldwide.  A study out on England found that 25% of 5 year olds had experienced tooth decay! Keeping kids teeth healthy is very important and the UK government has released some really good information about how to stop tooth decay in kids teeth.

A study in 2015 in England, a quarter (25%) of 5 year olds had experienced tooth decay, having on average 3 or 4 teeth affected. The vast majority of tooth decay was untreated. UK HEALTH

Kids teeth can be particularly susceptible to decay – particular when kids do not brush! When kids do not brush their teeth they can end up needing extractions. Not a fun procedure for a kid to go through. In the UK tooth extraction was the sixth most common procedure in hospital for children under 5 years of age. It was the most common reason for hospital admission for children aged 5 to 9 years old.

The Top Three Ways To Stop Tooth Decay in Kids

The three best ways to stop kids teeth decay as put forward by the UK Government are

  1. Reduce the consumption of foods and drinks that contain sugar
  2. Brush the kids teeth twice daily AND after brushing DONT RINSE
  3. Visit the dentist when the first tooth erupts (helps the kids get used to the dentist and also find problems early!)

Of these, the most interesting and important is diet. The secret to healthy kids teeth comes through the food they eat! Children (in the UK) are eating 2-3 times the recommended amount of sugar each day.

Some other specific tips they give are

  • reduce the quantity and frequency of foods and drinks that contain sugar, only give sweet foods and dried fruit at mealtimes
  • squashes sweetened with sugar, fizzy drinks, soft drinks and juice drinks have no place in a child’s daily diet
  • limit the amount of fruit juice and smoothies your child drinks to a maximum of 150 ml (1 portion) in total per day and drink it with meals to reduce the risk of tooth decay
  • always ask for sugar-free medicines


How do your kids go with toothbrushing? Any tips you find helpful to keep your kids teeth sparkling?

The Top 6 Causes of Bad Breath

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Having stinky breath is pretty terrible. Everyone will suffer from it at some point in their life. For some people though, the problem is chronic – they have it all the time! For these people it is very important to figure out the causes of bad breath.

In fact a group calling themselves the Bad Breath Institute claims that 35-45% of people suffer from chronic bad breath ! (source)

Having bad breath can impact badly on your life. It effects others around you, at work and at home. In particular people worry about bad breath when dating!

The popular dating website Match.com reported that the majority of daters had “backed out of a kiss” because their date had bad breath! What a deal breaker! (source)

So What Are the Top 6 Causes of Bad Breath?

Bad breath (also known as halitosis) has the following major causes.

  • Dental Causes of Bad breath
    • Gum disease – gum recession pocketing trapping plenty of batters
    • Decay – holes in teeth causing odour as they rot
    • Poor oral hygiene – allowing huge amounts of bacteria to form stinky colonies (plaque)
  • Smoking tobacco or marijuana use
    • Traditional cigarettes and pipe smoking can bad breath
    • Even the use of e-cigarettes, vaping and bongs can give rise to bad breath
  • Dry mouth – lack of saliva is a very common cause of bad breath
    • Caused by medical condition, stress, alcohol or medicines
    • Taking multiple medicines often increases the likelihood of bad breath
  • Acid reflux (also known as heartburn)
    • Acid reflux causing bad breath can be worse at night times
  • Post nasal discharge  – due to illness or chronic in inflammation.
    • This is a common cause of bad breath for people who have chronic sinusitis.
  • Food is an extremely common cause of bad breath – but typically these are the easiest to manage.
    • Garlic is the most famous odour food that causes bad breath
    • Onions and tunafish are also famous for their bad breath odours
    • Easiest to remedy – brush your teeth!

What Is The Best Whitening Toothpaste?

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It is sad to know that a reported 20% of people hide their smile in photos because they are embarrassed about their smile! It is terrible that some people feel their teeth are not pretty enough too smile. One of the most common complaints is their teeth are too yellow. That’s probably why you are here looking for the best whitening toothpaste!

Many things can contribute to stained teeth, such as smoking, tea and coffee, certain foods, and tooth decay. Gum disease and medications can also result in stained teeth.

There are many options to whiten teeth such as veneers, in-chair whitening at the dentist, and bleaching gel with custom trays. However, the best and easiest way to start whitening teeth it to pick the right toothbrush and the best whitening toothpaste.

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Brief Dental Implant History Infographic

Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. We are lucky that dental implant technology has improved so much! Check out this infographic on the brief history of dental implant.

Dental implants that integrate with the jawbone are pretty amazing. There is a whole lot of complex science that goes into the simple concept of screwing an implant into bone. This infographic gives a brief overview of some of the history of implants!

The most important breakthrough came when Branemark released a paper in 1977 establishing osseointegration. This meant he discovered a type of metal that human bone actually grows into! This allowed much more stability and the modern dental implant was born. He actually first placed a Titanium implant into a volunteer patient over ten years earlier, but needed longer to better research and gather evidence.

Modern dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or a whole arch of teeth! Sometimes we can place a tooth onto an implant straight away. Other times we need to wait weeks or months! Technology is constantly improving but there is still a way to go.

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What Is A Dental Bridge?

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A dental bridge is used to fill a gap caused by missing teeth. It actually ‘bridges’ the gap between teeth to fill in the space. A dental bridge is mounted to either natural teeth or dental implants.

A dental bridge is some false teeth that are glued in permanently to fill in spaces. Gaps in teeth are filled by the bridge after it is glued in place. It creates a natural looking smile and gives strong teeth to chew on.

Dental bridges can look fantastic and often last a long time. They are made typically out of ceramics (porcelain) with or without a metal layer underneath. Dental bridges are custom made to match your particular tooth or implants. They are glued in using strong cement.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge

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