Hi Diana. Recently I have been suffering from bad breath which I find rather embarrassing. Why should I have this, and how can I get rid of it?
Jackie Worthington Sussex
Bad Breath (halitosis) is caused by anaerobic sulphur that feeds on debris on your tongue, gums and between teeth. This produces bacteria and unpleasant-smelling gases. Food trapped between your teeth is broken down by the bacteria, also responsible for gum disease and tooth decay. These bacteria can live on the rough surface of your tongue, so both brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue helps control bad breath.
One in four people are thought to have halitosis on a regular basis, the most likely cause being poor oral hygiene. It’s essential to brush teeth regularly and I always make sure to floss or use a small interdental brush between my teeth.