What causes bad breath?

Bad breath 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 alcohol, 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.

Treating and preventing bad breath:

​Improving oral hygiene is usually enough to cure bad breath and prevent it happening again. It may also be helpful 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.