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Causes and Treatments of Bad Breath

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Causes and Treatments of Bad Breath

From poor oral hygiene to diet to medication, the causes and treatments of bad breath are wide and varied. Clinically known as halitosis, about one in four people are affected by bad breath at some point in their lives. We’ll be breaking them down to help give a wider understanding of the condition and how to treat it.

First, check if you have bad breath

The first step in tackling bad breath is knowing whether you have it in the first place. Residual smells from recently consumed food or drink which fade in a short space of time are different from a persistent, unpleasant smell. It can be difficult to judge whether you have bad breath for yourself, and people are often uncomfortable with telling others that it is a problem. Bearing this in mind, there are a few ways you can find out if you have bad breath:

  • Ask – If you are uneasy with asking another person about your breath, you can always ask either your dentist or your GP. Sometimes bad breath can be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so don’t let embarrassment prevent treatment.
  •  Test – A quick way to check your breath is to lick the inside of your wrist and smell it once the saliva dries. Remember to do this either before or a time after eating or drinking something odorous for accuracy.
  • Taste – If you have a foul taste in your mouth, then this may also be mirrored in your breath. If the taste does not dissipate with rinsing your mouth or cleaning your teeth, then your breath may also be affected.

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Is it Time for a UK Sugar Tax?

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2018 UK Sugar Tax

A UK Sugar Tax could be on the cards if the evidence regarding its relationship to obesity, health and dental complications continues to pile up.

A former Westminster government obesity expert has also drawn attention to the relationship between the sugar industry and the role of marketing high-sugar products. Professor Geof Rayner said “The sugar people have a lot to lose and therefore a lot of time and money to spend on lobbying and influence-seeking.”

However, the time for sugar to be taxed may have come. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recently launched a campaign for a tax on sugar in soft drinks in a bid to tackle rising rates of obesity. Cancer charity Cancer Research UK has also warned about the potential rise in cancer rates if obesity rates remain on their current trajectory.

Call from these various official agencies and third sector organisation combined with statements from Prime Minister David Cameron showing a softening in resistance to a tax on sugary drinks. All signs point to the fact that the time for a UK sugar tax could be coming.

Sugar, especially in fizzy drinks, is one of the main contributors to poor dental health. In the UK, the reason most children between the ages of 5 and 9 to be admitted to hospital is tooth decay. 28% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach age 5.

Is it Finally Time to Tax Sugary Drinks? [via The Guardian]

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