What causes bad breath?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age. It can be the result of numerous things such as:
- Eating strongly flavoured foods
- Smoking or drinking alcohol
- Bad breath can also be caused by chronic mouth, nose or throat infections, or another medical condition
- But it’s usually caused by poor oral hygiene – if bacteria builds up in your mouth, it can cause your breath to smell. Persistent bad breath can sometimes be a sign of gum disease.
How can I get rid of bad breath?
Improving oral hygiene is usually enough to cure bad breath and prevent it happening again. It is also recommended to book an appointment with a hygienist for a more thorough clean. Your dentist can advise you about ways to improve your oral health and will recommend:
- Regularly brushing your teeth and gums with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes twice a day
- Flossing or using interdental brushes between your teeth daily
- Keeping your tongue clean