Dentists have urged the public to show their teeth and gums some love to avoid bad breath or halitosis this Valentine’s Day.
Dentist Clodagh McAllister, President-Elect of the Irish Dental Association (IDA), said that 25% of the population – split equally among men and women – suffered from halitosis or chronic bad breath and that Valentine’s Day could prompt them to tackle the issue. “This condition is relatively common, but it’s important to remember that this is treatable and there’s no better time to beat bad breath than in the run-up to Valentine’s Day.”
Dr. McAllister said maintaining a good oral health regime was key to preventing halitosis. “People should brush their teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, drink plenty of water, use mouth rinse and avoid foods such as garlic and onions. Smoking is obviously bad for your health but also for your breath. The same goes for alcohol and coffee.”
Dr McAllister said that if bad breath persists, be sure to visit your dentist as halitosis can sometimes be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. Along with teeth, dentists examine patients’ soft tissues in the mouth such as the tongue, gums and palate, along with nodes and glands. “Dentists are skilled in identifying any oral health issues so make sure you don’t put off an appointment.”
She also reiterated that dentists remained open for business regardless of the level of lockdown. “Your dentist is open – even under Level 5 – and is following all Covid-19 guidelines to safeguard patients. It is highly advisable to see your dentist regularly to avoid the risk of poorer health outcomes later on.”