We all want healthy teeth and a fresh breath for the sake of our wellbeing, but as it turns out, having bad breath has some implications that go beyond health. According to a survey recently conducted in the UK, bad breath is the biggest turn-off when it comes to finding a partner. Read on to find out more about the findings of the survey, and what you can do about bad breath if it’s a problem for you…

What did the survey find?

According to the findings of the survey, 85 percent of the participants said they would be put off a potential partner if they had bad breath. In fact, bad breath ranked higher in terms of dating no-no’s than bad dress sense, tardiness, poor manners and bad jokes. The research also revealed that 80 percent of those surveyed would rather not go on a second date with someone who had bad breath on the first date.

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath affects most people at one time or another and can be caused by eating and drinking strong-smelling foods and beverages. Some common culprits include onions, garlic, spicy food and coffee. Other causes include smoking and having a dry mouth caused by certain medications or a salivary gland condition.

Poor dental hygiene can also lead to bad breath. When bacteria, plaque and food particles are not removed from the mouth, a bad odour is often produced.

What can be done about it?

The best way to avoid bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene. It’s important to remove any plaque that has built up on your teeth, and to remove food particles from between the teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day. Don’t forget to clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth, as bacteria can build up in this area as well.

If your bad breath persists, it could be a sign of gum disease. We recommend that you come in for regular check-ups so that we can look for any signs of gum disease and treat them early in order to prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future. At these check-ups, we will also demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and answer any questions you might have about your overall oral health.

If you suffer from bad breath, please don’t hesitate to come in and see us so that we can help you resolve the issue. Make an appointment here.

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