How Can You Improve Your Smile and Boost Your Confidence



A healthy smile can boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. When you have cavities, missing teeth, discoloured teeth and bad breath, your self-confidence can be dashed. Thousands of people around the world won’t smile bearing their teeth as they are so concerned about their oral appearance.

The first and most important step to protecting your teeth and providing you with a great smile is to brush your teeth twice a day, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon from Manchester in the United Kingdom. It is imperative that you brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Each brush should be for a minimum of two minutes concentrating on each individual tooth to ensure all plaque is effectively removed.

What many people don’t know is that the most important time to brush your teeth is right before bed and then once more during the course of the day. Before bed brushing removes plaque and bacteria, ensuring a healthy mouth while you sleep. Regular brushing can reduce the risk of cavities, decay and gum disease.

Another important part of oral health that can promote a healthy smile and boost confidence is to floss your teeth at least once a day. Floss enables you to access between the teeth, an area that your toothbrush isn’t likely to reach. Floss helps eliminate plaque from between the teeth, along with any food debris and bacteria. Floss is instrumental to reducing the risk of gum disease, which if left untreated can result in tooth loss, jaw bone damage and affect overall health in the long run.

Some people find floss difficult to use, advised Dr Tariq Drabu. These days there are a number of options to help you floss regularly from the nylon dental floss to dental sticks, which are easier to use for those with fine motor skill problems. The sticks hold a piece of floss on a plastic stick, this makes getting between teeth quick, easy and hassle free.

Further, you will want to ensure you keep all your routine dental appointments. Dental appointments are in place to help dentists identify any oral health problems early on. In the United Kingdom, a high number of dental patients will skip their routine appointment and only visit the dentist when experiencing pain. In these cases, early preventative treatment isn’t possible and it can cost more to rectify the problem.

Dr Tariq Drabu advised that routine dental appointments provide dental professionals with an opportunity to examine the mouth, teeth and gums. Dentists can look for gum disease, tooth decay and even mouth cancer.

Eating a healthy diet can have a significant and positive impact on your overall oral health, improving your smile and providing you with a confidence boost.  Everyone should include yoghurt in their diet, which is brimming with healthy bacteria. Cheese and milk provides you with calcium, which is imperative to promote healthy teeth and bones. Eating plenty of crunchy fruit and vegetables encourages saliva production, which is alkaline based to protect your teeth moving forward.

If you smoke, now is the time to stop smoking. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, oral cancer and tooth discolouration. Stop smoking to improve your oral health and provide you with a gleaming smile you can be proud of.

Tooth whitening procedures offered by the dental surgery is another way to boost confidence. Dr Tariq Drabu did advise that people are under the false impression that teeth are white, when in fact they are off-white. Tooth whitening can lighten your teeth by a few shades to help promote confidence and a beautiful smile.

Ensure Optimum Oral Health During Pregnancy

oral health during pregnancyPregnancy can send your hormones into overdrive, which will affect your entire body, including your oral health. It is important when visiting the dentist during your pregnancy to advise your dentist, this way you can ensure that no major work is carried out which could potentially affect your unborn baby.

There are a number of oral health issues you may experience during your pregnancy, which are caused by the changes in your hormones. The first common problem expectant mothers experience is gingivitis, according to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, Dr Tariq Drabu.

Gingivitis is caused by the increase in hormones and is a milder form of gum disease. It cause inflammation of the gums and you may experience bleeding when brushing your teeth. In most instances this form of gum disease will clear up once the baby is born. The best treatment is to ensure the best oral health routine is followed at home with brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing.

Periodontal disease is a severe form of gum disease which is caused by a bacterial infection. When gingivitis isn’t treated and doesn’t clear, it can become periodontitis. The problem with this gum disease is that it can affect your baby and overall health. Babies born to mothers with periodontal disease can be premature or low weight. Your dentist will advise you the safest options to treat periodontal disease while pregnant.

Granuloma is a growth that appears on the upper line of the gums. It is uncomfortable and nodular in form, in some instances it can even cause a crust. The good news is that isn’t dangerous, but it is uncomfortable and can affect speech and eating. Most women experience granuloma during their second trimester, but it will clear up once the baby is born. If you are worried, you can visit your doctor or dentist who can provide further advice and recommendations to help you treat the condition accordingly.

Dry mouth is another serious problem which can happen during pregnancy. Dry mouth is a decrease in saliva, which is imperative to your overall oral health. Saliva is alkaline and therefore protects your teeth. There are a number of ways you can increase saliva production if you’re experiencing dry mouth. These include chewing sugar free chewing gum, drinking plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, which encourage saliva production.

If you’re suffering from morning sickness, then it is possible you could be prone to tooth enamel erosion.

During your pregnancy it’s advisable to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Ensure you include milk and cheese, both of which are brimming in calcium to help promote healthy bones and gums for you and your unborn baby. Eat yoghurt, which is filled with good bacteria which can fight off dangerous bacteria in your mouth and ensure you include fruits and vegetables to your diet to enjoy the vitamins, minerals and crunch that they provide.

You need to ensure you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Each brushing should be a minimum of two minutes each time. According to Dr Tariq Drabu, the most important time to brush is right before bed, eliminating plaque and bacteria while you sleep.

Take advantage of dental floss, which can get between teeth to areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing can also prevent gum disease, which is one of the common problems when pregnant.

Don’t skip your routine dental appointment because you are pregnant, advised Dr Tariq Drabu. Keep your routine appointments which enable the dentist to identify any problems with your mouth, teeth and gums.

Toothbrush Essentials – What You Need to Know

Brushing-Teeth-on-date_169885871-760x428Everyone has a toothbrush. Your toothbrush is an essential tool you use daily to promote good oral health and enjoy a sparkling smile. What you may not realise is that there are a number of important considerations to remember when it comes to choosing a toothbrush and the best toothbrush techniques to ensure that your brushing is promoting good oral health moving forward.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, has advised that many people are confused when it comes to selecting a toothbrush. They grab the first one on the shelf without identifying if it is the right choice to meet their oral health needs.

The first thing you will find is that you have a choice between the traditional manual style toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes. Both will work well if you use the right toothbrush technique to ensure you take care of your teeth and gums. The most important consideration when choosing a toothbrush is that it is comfortable to hold. You need to be able to hold and manoeuvre the toothbrush with ease. Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that the bristles mustn’t be too hard on your teeth and gums.

In addition to the toothbrush you choose when buying your toothbrush at the pharmacy or store, your technique is imperative to your overall oral health. The most important note is to ensure you brush your teeth a minimum of twice a daily. The most important time to brush is right before bed, as when you sleep bacteria build up in your mouth, which can cause unwelcome cavities and tooth decay.

The second brushing should be at some stage throughout the day, most people choose the morning before they head off to work. Make it a routine that you brush your teeth each morning and each night to eliminate bacteria, helping your teeth and gums remain healthy.

Another important toothbrush essential is that you must take your time. Even when you’re in a rush, don’t take less than two minutes per brushing. Two minutes is just enough time to ensure you cover every tooth, you eliminate bacteria and plaque and that your teeth and squeaky clean.

When brushing the gum line, you will want to angle your toothbrush slightly towards the gums, ensuring you get the edge of the gums and your teeth. It is very important not to brush too hard. Many people make the mistake of brushing too hard, but with the right toothbrush and toothpaste, gentle and effective brushing can help remove plaque and ensure your mouth is healthy at all times.

Ensure you use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can ensure your teeth are healthy. It has been proven that people who live in fluoridisation water areas enjoy healthier teeth and gums than those outside these areas, therefore always check the toothpaste level to ensure it has fluoride in it.

Focus on cleaning one tooth at a time, both front and back. When brushing you want to get to each of your teeth individually, ensuring you take the time to focus on eliminating all the plaque build up to leave you with clean teeth. Clean teeth free of plaque reduce the risk of gum diseases, cavities and tooth decay.

Remember to brush your tongue. So many people don’t take a few seconds to give their tongue a brush. Your tongue harbours dangerous bacteria. Next always rinse your toothbrush before and after use and replace it every three to four months or when the bristles become damaged and frayed.

Dr Tariq Drabu did mention that if you have gum disease, it’s advisable to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis and not wait for the three month period.

Important Dental Tips to Remember in 2015


Dental Tips

There are so many great tips you can use on a daily basis to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. We want beautiful smiles, we want to feel confident and we want our teeth and gums to be healthy, so I’ve put together a few tips you can use throughout 2015 to promote your oral health.


The first tip for dental hygiene in 2015 is to not rinse your mouth after you have brushed your teeth. Most people automatically brush their teeth, take a mouth full of water, rinse it around and spit it out. You want the fluoride toothpaste to stay in your mouth, clinging to your teeth for as long as possible. Rather spit out the toothpaste and hold off on the rinsing, ensuring the toothpaste works from longer to promote healthy teeth and gums moving forward.

Twice a Day

The next things to remember is that you must brush your teeth twice a day. There are so many patients that are under the false impression that brushing when they get up is all they need for good oral health. The truth is that the most important tooth brush time is just before bed and then once more during the course of the day.

Remember to brush your teeth for two minutes each time and focus on each individual tooth, eliminating all the bacteria and plaque from the service to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease in the future.

Use Dental Floss

Take advantage of dental floss. You can get away with flossing once a day, though twice is preferred. Focus on working between each tooth, getting to the plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush cannot reach. Dental floss is an important step to reducing the risk of gum disease.

Don’t Miss Your Routine Dental Appointments

I find so many patients under the impression that because they aren’t in pain or aren’t suffering with dental problems; they don’t need to keep their routine dental appointment.

The fact is that as dental professionals we use routine dental appointments as a preventative measure. We check for all types of problems from tooth decay to gum disease and even oral cancer. Keeping your routine dental appointment can ensure that any problems are caught early and can save you money in the long run.

Watch Your Diet

Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can have a positive effect on your oral health. Enjoy a diet rich in calcium, while eliminating sugars and acidic foods. Choose plenty of crunchy vegetables to promote alkaline saliva and calcium, to promote healthy teeth and bones.

Are You Flossing Daily?


I have found that many patients are skipping flossing as part of their daily oral health routine. Being in too much of a rush, being too busy or being under the impression that if you brush you don’t have to floss is just some of the reasons patients don’t floss on a daily basis.

What You Need to Know
The gaps between your teeth are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and also plaque build-up. While you may be brushing for two minutes twice daily, chances are that your toothbrush isn’t effectively getting into the gaps, removing the bacteria, plaque and food debris, which if left can result in gum disease, cavities and tooth decay.

Types of Dental Floss

I have found a number of my patients don’t floss because they claim it gets stuck in their teeth or their gums hurt after flossing. There are a number of options available from nylon string to floss sticks. In most instances floss sticks are easier to use. These sticks are plastic sticks that hold a piece of floss. You can easily clean between each tooth with the sticks and while they are slightly more expensive than the traditional nylon string, you can take them anywhere and use them at any time with ease.

When to Floss
Some patients are confused on how often to floss. Once a day is enough, though twice is preferred. You should make flossing part of your oral health routine, when you brush, you floss. This way you can ensure that you get all the bacteria and plaque from between your teeth to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

You can floss before brushing, it only takes a minute to work your way between each tooth and then brush your teeth to remove the debris. Remember don’t rinse after brushing, leaving the fluoride toothpaste on your teeth for as long as possible.
It is also always ideal to carry dental floss with you. If you go out for lunch and something gets stuck between your teeth, you can quickly remove it to reduce the risk of irritation later in the day.

A few Interesting Facts You Never Knew about Dental Floss
Dental floss has been around for centuries. In fact Johnson and Johnson first patented dental floss in 1898. In those days it was made of silk to help promote healthy teeth and gums.

It wasn’t until the 1940’s that the nylon string dental floss that you use today was introduced.

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Understanding Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry differs from traditional dentistry. In the United Kingdom, cosmetic dentistry is offered by private dental practices and not on the NHS (National Health Service). NHS dentists focus on teeth and gums, helping patients manage their oral health, repair problems and reduce the risk of gum disease.

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t regarded as urgent dentistry; it is only offered by private specialist dentists and is available to anyone who wants to improve their mouth or tooth appearance, thereby improving their smile. According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, appearance is growing as an important factor for thousands of people. Their smile, how they look and how they feel about themselves draws them to cosmetic dentistry to get the imperfections fixed, boosting their self confidence and self-esteem dramatically.

The best way to understand it is NHS dentistry or traditional dentistry focuses on the tooth and gums, while cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile. This type of dentistry covers everything from small and subtle changes to major oral surgery and is often used to treat crooked, chipped, discoloured and missing teeth.

There are a number of procedures offered by cosmetic dentists throughout the world. One of the most common treatments, which remain in high demand throughout the world, is tooth whitening. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that tooth whitening procedures can only be carried out by dental professionals in the United Kingdom. It is illegal for beauticians and other companies to offer these services.

Something that many people don’t realise is that white teeth are not actually natural. Teeth are actually an off-white colour, but with tooth whitening procedures being readily available and television celebrities showcasing their pearly whites, the demand for lighter teeth is growing on a daily basis.

Dr Tariq Drabu did advise that tooth whitening procedures are carried out in the dental practice or under the strict guidance of a dentist. They lighten the teeth’s natural colour by a few shades, making patients feel more confident and better about their appearance.

The next common procedure which is used to hide crooked, cracked and discoloured teeth is dental veneers. Veneers are made using a paper thin material, usually a porcelain or composite material. They are then bonded to the front of the tooth and feel completely nature. Veneers are used to hide imperfections, improving self-confidence. There are hundreds of celebrities that have used veneers to hide gaps in their teeth, crooked teeth and other imperfections. They can also be used to hide stains and discolouration or to whiten teeth to a chosen whiteness.

With veneers, some of the enamel is removed from the front of the teeth and then the veneer is set in place. Because it is paper thin, it fits to the front of the tooth, without sticking forward, making it feel completely natural.

Crowns are another common cosmetic dentistry procedure, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. Crowns are used to hide imperfections and cover cracks and breaks in the tooth. They cover the natural tooth and blend in with the rest of the mouth, making them look completely natural, while improving the overall appearance of the mouth.

The final and one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures is dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a titanium screw, which is screwed into the jaw bone and topped with a crown, which replaces the tooth. The crown is matched to your tooth colour so it looks natural. Dental implants are strong and durable and can last, making them the ideal choice if you have one or more front or side teeth missing that you are concerned about.

Tips to Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Some people find that they have dental pain which comes on gradually, providing them with more than enough time to make a dental appointment and get to see their dentist to find a treatment that works and can help them improve their oral health moving forward.

There are those odd times when the pain is sudden, it can be severe and can leave you rolled up in a ball unable to decide what to do. The problem with dental pain is that it doesn’t go away; it can affect every aspect of your life until you find a treatment.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advised that many people who experience a sudden onset of dental pain aren’t sure what to do. Many rushing to already busy A&E departments out of desperation.

There are times when A&E can assist, such as sudden emergencies when the dentist office is already closed on or weekends. It is also dependent on the type of pain or injury you have.

Lip bites or biting your tongue is one of the most common and painful experiences that provide a sudden onset of pain. In most instances the bleeding will stop and the pain will subside over time. In the rare event that the bleeding is excessive with no signs of slowing down, you need to clean the area, put a cold compress on the area to slow the bleeding and visit your nearest A&E department.
Breaking or cracking a tooth can be exceptionally painful. The first step is to make a dentist appointment for as soon as possible. If it is causing severe pain, most dentists will keep emergency appointments open each day so you can get the urgent treatment you need. It is advisable as you wait to see the dentist that you rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any food and bacteria and then hold a cold compress on the area to numb it.
One of the most common causes of concern is damaging your braces. Damaged braces require an urgent call to your orthodontist. Some damage may need urgent treatment, while others can wait a day or two. If it is causing pain, ensure you advise the surgery so they can fit you in as soon as possible.
If you feel your tooth is loose, this does not mean you have to lose the tooth, according to Tariq Drabu. He recommends that you should take some over the counter pain medication, hold something cold on the tooth, if you are in pain, and make an appointment with your dentist, who may be able to save the tooth.

Another urgent treatment is when you have an accident and knock out one of your teeth. If the tooth is still whole there is a chance it can be saved, but you need to work quickly. Take the tooth by the crown and rinse the root to remove any dirt, do not scrub the root. If you can try and reinsert the tooth into the gum and get to the dentist or A&E as quickly as possible. In the event you cannot get it back into the gum, put the tooth in milk, which will help preserve it as you rush to the dentist or your nearest A&E department.

If you experience sudden tooth pain, this could be caused by a number of factors. Start by rinsing your mouth with warm water and then floss gently around the affected tooth. It is possible something has got caught between the teeth causing the pain. If this doesn’t relieve the pain, then call your dentist immediately to make an emergency appointment.

Mouthwash – What You Need to Know

Tariq Drabu, a leading UK based dentist and specialist oral surgeon has brought to light that a vast majority of adults throughout the world use mouthwash as part of their oral health routine without knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the product.

People using mouthwash on a daily basis are under the false impression that it can be beneficial to their teeth and gums. In addition to brushing twice daily and flossing, they complete the process with a swirl of mouthwash; think it will automatically remove any plaque and bacteria they missed. This isn’t always the case and it’s important to understand mouthwash and identify if you are using the best product to protect your teeth and gums moving forward.

The first thing you need to understand about mouthwash is the advantages. How it can help your oral health and what products are available to help you achieve healthy teeth and gums moving forward.

Mouthwash is not all the same. It is important you discuss your requirements with your dentist and enable them to recommend the best product based on your oral requirements. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that the most effective mouthwash is a home remedy of salt and warm water, which can fight infection and soothe ulcers. Most dentists recommend this mixture after tooth extraction to reduce the risk of infection in the space until the gum completely heals.

Mouthwash does offer some advantages. When looking to reduce the risk of cavities and use the wash as part of your daily routine, it must be a fluoride option. These products come in a choice of different options including therapeutic options, usually recommended by a dentist, fluoride options, antibacterial solutions and alcohol substances. If you want a wash you can use to eliminate bacteria and plaque as part of your oral health routine, then a fluoride option is the best choice.

Anyone suffering from gum disease can use mouthwash to fight infection and help treat the disease. As part of a good oral hygiene routine, you can use an antibacterial mouthwash. Your dentist should recommend the best solution to use to ensure that you help fight the infection rather than make matters worse, according to dentist, Dr Tariq Drabu.

Mouthwash can also be an effective oral hygiene product during pregnancy, helping reduce the risk of periodontal disease, which can leak into the blood stream and affect your unborn baby.

As previously mentioned, there are some dangers to using mouthwash that you need to be aware of, which is why it’s so important to discuss your best solutions with your dental practitioner.

The first thing you need to know when it comes to the dangers of mouthwash is that it can irritate the mouth if you use a wash with a high alcohol level. Another concern is that it can hide bad breath. Often bad breath is a result of an underlying cause. Not knowing you have bad breath can reduce the chances of you visiting your dentist to identify the cause, which can be tooth decay, gum disease or more.

Mouth wash could possibly be a cause for oral cancer. This is still under serious discussion and testing, but professionals are under the impression that a mouthwash high in alcohol can be a serious problem for users. Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that a serious concern for dental professionals is the number of patients who are under the false impression that using a high quality fluoride based mouthwash can substitute brushing. This is not the case and if you choose to use a wash, it must be carried out with brushing and flossing to provide the best results.

Understanding Teeth

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in Manchester in the United Kingdom believes that a majority of the population don’t understand their teeth. The thousands of people who suffer with tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer could improve their oral health if they understood what their teeth comprise of, what teeth they have and what they need to do to keep their teeth in good health moving forward.

Teeth are imperative when it comes to overall health. Being able to chew and grind your food enables you to swallow and ingest it properly. Everyone has two sets of teeth throughout their lives starting with primary teeth and followed later on with permanent teeth, which remain the natural teeth you have throughout your adult years.

The development of the tooth starts before it appears through the gum. Children usually have around twenty primary teeth by the age of three. After losing their primary teeth their permanent teeth start coming through between the ages of six and twelve years of age.

The tooth is made up of two very important components. The crown is the visible part of the tooth that sits above the gum surface, while the root sits below the surface and is responsible for holding the tooth in place by joining the crown to the jaw bone.

Teeth are made up of four components. Enamel is the strong and durable covering of the tooth which is visible to the naked eye. This protective layer is stronger than bone and is designed to protect the tooth. Poor oral hygiene and diet can cause the enamel to wear away, which results in tooth decay in the future.

The dentin under the enamel and while strong, it’s not as strong as enamel. Dentin looks like bone and is prone to tooth decay, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. From here you have the Cementum. The cementum is a tissue that covers the root of the tooth and cements it to the bone. It is a soft tissue and can decay very easily.

The final part of the tooth is the dental pulp. This sits in the centre of the tooth and houses all the nerves and blood vessels. When you experience tooth ache, it is often the dental pulp that has become inflamed causing the nerves to spark unwelcome pain.

Knowing the different elements of a tooth, when decay starts it usually starts by working its way through the enamel and dentin reaching the pulp. In order to avoid this from happening, you need to brush for two minutes twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. It is also important to floss daily, removing any debris and plaque from harder to reach places that your toothbrush couldn’t access.

Everyone has five different teeth in their mouths, each one has a different purpose and can help you chew and grind your food with ease.

The first are the incisors. These are four teeth at the top and four at the bottom that sit in the front of the mouth. These are the teeth you see when you smile. These teeth are important to help you bite. Biting into an apple or carrot will be done with the incisors.

The canines are the sharp teeth and are also important for biting; while the premolars are designed to help you chew and grind your foot. There are four on either side of the mouth.

In addition to this, you will have molars which are also responsible for the chewing and grinding of the food, making it easier to swallow. The final teeth are wisdom teeth, often called third molars. In most instances these are removed to make space for the other teeth and don’t hold any important value.

Suffer from Bad Breath? What Foods Should You Be Eating?

Thousands of people suffer with bad breath each and every day. The reason for bad breath varies from person to person. You may have had garlic or onion in your last meal; you may be suffering with gum disease or tooth infection. Bad breath can have an impact on your life; it can cause lack of self-consciousness and esteem and make you very wary when speaking to people.

There are a number of foods you can incorporate into your diet to help you hide bad breath for a short period, just enough time to get home and grab your toothbrush. If you are suffering with tooth decay or gum disease, then you can mask the bad breath long enough until you can seek the attention of your dental professional.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in Manchester in the United Kingdom has advised that green tea is a great option when trying to hide unwelcome breath. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that can fight bacteria. In many instances bad bacteria are the cause of the bad breath you are experiencing. A cup of green tea can hide the smell and make you feel better about yourself, while helping you with your overall health.

Another option to hide bad breath, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, is yoghurt. A cup of yoghurt is brimming with live active bacteria which can reduce bad breath. Not to mention that it is filled with probiotics, which hide odours and your teeth can also benefit from the calcium in the yoghurt, promoting healthy and strong teeth.

Many people chew on a sprig of parsley. Parsley has oils that have a very positive impact on bad breath. In fact there are a wide number of spices and herbs you can take advantage of to hide your breath; reducing the odour and making you feel better about yourself.

Apples are an absolute must if you want to hide your bad breath. Dr Tariq Drabu has advised that apples cause you to chewing. In turn, chewing causes a production of saliva, which is alkaline and can help eliminate smelly breath.

Then there are carrots. Chewing the carrots raw can also produce more saliva, which washes away bad breath by increasing saliva production within the mouth. Dr Tariq Drabu also encourages patients to drink plenty of water. Water helps rinse the mouth, but is also fantastic for flushing toxins from the body and reducing the risk of dehydration. You should drink at least eight glasses of water each day to improve your overall health and oral health.

Keep a pack of sugar free chewing gum in your bag and grab for that after lunch. Sugar free chewing gum won’t only provide a pleasant odour and eliminate bad breath, but recent studies have revealed that it can also help remove plaque until you brush again.

Remember that you need to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Brushing should be done for two minutes each time to remove plaque, which is home to harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Pay close attention to your teeth as you brush, ensuring you access front and back of the teeth.

Another important element to reducing bad breath is to floss with brushing. Flossing your teeth helps you eliminate any plaque or food scraps that your toothbrush couldn’t access. Flossing promotes healthy teeth and gums and reduces the risk of gum disease in the future.

Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that anyone who has unexplained bad breath should visit their dentist to identify if there is an underlying cause that can be treated to remove bad breath moving forward.