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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > March/April 2018 > WHAT HAPPENS WHEN…I GET BAD BREATH?


Step away from the chewing gum, and identify the cause of this cringe-worthy condition
Stay fresh-breathed and feel confident

*If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or under medical supervision, consult your GP before taking supplements. Compiled by Laura Potter. Photograph Getty

Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of bad breath, but that doesn’t mean simply not brushing your teeth, it might be your technique or the dental products you’re using that are making trouble. ‘Bacteria in the mouth are responsible for producing the foul-smelling sulphur compounds behind bad breath or halitosis’, says dentist Dr Harold Katz. ‘These tend to concentrate at the back of the tongue and your tongue shape can affect this. A fissured tongue (one with cracks down the middle) will trap more bacteria, so using a tongue scraper will help. Large tonsils and excess mucus caused by a postnasal drip (where it accumulates at the back of the throat) are common causes, too.

Brushing your teeth should take a full two minutes (time it – you’ll be surprised how long that is), and is best done with an electric toothbrush, but even supposedly mouth-freshening products can wreak havoc.

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