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Menopause Symptoms - Bad Breath

What causes bad breath during menopause?

Bad breath during menopause is one of the symptoms that can worsen due to decline in oestrogen and normal fluctuations. The bacteria found in the mouth ( oral flora) becomes affected and if oral hygiene is not adhered to, and this can lead to mouth odour. Regular check-ups with your oral hygienist are vital as the lack of oestrogen can affect the bone density of the jaw and lead to tooth decay.

A healthy diet will help to eradicate bad odours. Veggies like celery, carrots and cucumbers can also help. So can chewing on a spring of parsley and other herbs and spices like tarragon, coriander or cilantro, rosemary and cardamom.

Here are some top tips to help you through:

  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free mints to help increase saliva flow.

  • Floss daily.

  • Brush your teeth, tongue, roof of your mouth and gums with toothpaste at least twice each day.

  • Gargle with water.

  • Avoid food and drinks that linger, like garlic and alcohol.

  • Swish with mouthwash to refresh your breath.

  • Use special dental rinses to help increase saliva production.

  • Drink green tea to help fight mouth bacteria.

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