Fighting for Fresh Breath
Keep that smile white and avoid embarrassing issues with bad breath with a few simple tips
Article by Lauren Naylor
London Smiling’s Dr Uchenna Okoye qualified at the prestigious Guy’s Hospital, London, and takes a holistic approach to dentistry, treating the whole person and not just their dental health. Uchenna has a special expertise and interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and has been prolific in the industry for over 25 years, most recently as the Oral B ambassador. She is the Clinical Director of London Smiling Dental Group and one of an elite group of dentists with membership in both the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Beyond running her own multi-clinic dental spa practices, which are run like five-star concierge services, Uchenna appears often on television and radio. She is a frequent contributing expert on the health panels of multiple boards and glossy magazines and has been prolific in helping to keep London Smiling.
Here she discusses the most natural ways, with diligence, that can help keep your breath fresh and mouth healthy.
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Celery: Celery is high in vitamin C which is helpful for keeping bacteria at bay, but helps to combat gum diseases which can cause bad breath. Celery is high in water content, and the crunchiness helps encourage the production of saliva, which is the ‘bacteria rinse agent’ we all need for fresh breath.
Dental Floss: Dental floss helps to remove the plaque wedged between your teeth, having plaque build-up can lead to bad breath, and age the look of the teeth.
Cucumber: Again, from the crunchy family of vegetables, cucumber helps with saliva production to keep bad breath at bay.
Regular Hygiene Appointments: Removes plaque, which, in turn makes the breath smell. The bacteria found in plaque is the main cause of gum disease and tooth decay if not removed by daily brushing and flossing.
Parsley/Basil/ Mint: If you’ve got a hot date chew one of these super herbs before partaking in any smooch action! The fresh, strong flavours of these herbs make them natural deodorisers. Their deep green colour is a sign of chlorophyll, which is thought to have antibacterial properties so they can help keep bad breath bacteria at bay.
Apples: A crunchy apple like golden delicious specifically, is rich in fibre, and can help scrape off the plaque that accumulates on teeth (which causes mouth odour). Where apples are naturally juicy, they also help to trigger an increased production of bacteria fighting saliva the same as the crunchy vegetables above.
Green Tea: Good old green tea has endless benefits, but according to scientific research the antioxidants in the tea (polyphenols) destroy the compounds in the breath that can eventually lead to bad breath and tooth decay.
Water: The more water you drink the fresher your breath. Drinking water will help keep breath odour under control because it helps wash away food particles and bacteria – the primary cause of bad breath.
Cut Down Diary: High Cystiene foods (dairy, soybeans, beef, lamb etc) will break down in the gut to produce hydrogen sulphide ( a rotten egg stench) not only will you be windy, but the dairy breaks down within hours in our digestive tract and increases the amount of mucous collecting in the back of the throat, which again, is another cause for bad breath. Good oral hygiene can help fight heinous milk breath – brush at least one hour after eating offending foods.