Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad Breath Healthy Teeth plusIn most cases, the cause of bad breath can be simple. However, if the issue is persistent, it can be a symptom of something more serious, and a problem sign of something to avoid long term.

  • Diet places a key role in bad breath, and the food you eat can often affect the smell of your breath.
  • Oral bacteria can cause an odour, and also indicate you have plaque build-up.
  • Dry mouth often affects your breath, as saliva (or lack thereof) affects plaque buildup and food particles from sticking to your teeth. Read more about dry mouth on the dry mouth page.
  • Smoking.
  • Unclean dentures. Just like teeth, dentures need to be cleaned regularly to keep them feeling, and smelling, fresh.
  • Some medical conditions, often affecting your liver or kidneys, can affect your breath. Alerting your dentist of previous medical conditions, or current medications is always a good idea.

Treatment and Prevention:

Daily brushing and flossing is certainly a great place to start, as they assist in removing food particles and bacteria; don’t forget, this includes brushing the tongue. For more information, read up on Brushing Basics.
Drinking water regularly is a great way to flush out your mouth, and avoid dry mouth, while sugarless gum or candies help your mouth stay moist as well. Mouthwash throughout the day is effective on short notice, but particularly helpful killing bacteria before bedtime.

If you are worried about your breath, and regular oral hygiene efforts are having little effect, contact your dentist for advice.