There are a few reasons as to why our patients find their breath smells.

Read our quick tips below to help with your bad breath!

  1. Not cleaning them properly
    • Make sure you brush 2x day and floss daily to ensure there is minimal plaque and food buildup (remember to brush your tongue as well!)
    • You can use mouthwash as well but just be aware some mouthwashes dry your mouth considerably.
  2. Get a clean at the dentist every 6 months at the minimum!
    • Also make sure you get all your cavities and gum disease under control because that is the main cause of bad breath!
  3. Reduce consumption of foods/habits that dry your mouth
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol
    • Caffeinated drinks (e.g. coffee / tea / energy drinks / soft drinks)
    • Some medications dry your mouth as well but definitely don’t stop taking them! There are special dry mouth products you can use.
  4. Drink lots of water
  5. You may be breathing through your mouth
    • This dries your mouth out and causes bad breath
  6. If after all that, things still are not improving, then it’s worthwhile to check with the doctor too. Other causes include:
    • Mucus in the throat/post nasal drip
    • Tonsil stones/ Tonsillitis
    • Sleep apnoea
    • Other medical conditions

So don’t be shy to ask your dentist next time you see them to figure out how to fix your bad breath 🙂