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12th May 2022

What Causes Bad Breath & How To Avoid It

Self-conscious about morning breath? Is bad breath getting you down? Or is smelly breath affecting your social life? You’re not alone – and thankfully, help is available. Today, our Maidstone dentists talk about the causes of bad breath, possible treatments, and ways to avoid it happening altogether. Read on to find out more.

What exactly is bad breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, is where odour-producing bacteria gather in areas of the mouth (between the teeth, on the tongue etc), causing a smell. Some people don’t know they have it, while others worry they do it unnecessarily. If you’re not sure, talk to your dentist or ask a close friend.

Why do I have bad breath?

Halitosis can be caused by things you eat, lifestyle habits (such as whether you vape or smoke) and poor dental hygiene. You can also suffer from smelly breath through no fault of your own, for instance, due to certain illnesses, medications or ‘dry mouth’ (where you don’t produce enough cleansing saliva).

Why is bad breath so…well…bad?

Any bacteria that build up in your mouth can lead to dental problems such as decay and infection, which could lead to additional concerns needing a root canal, periodontal treatment or extraction. If you suspect halitosis, get seen by a dentist sooner rather than later for the best possible outcome.

How can I prevent bad breath?

There are lots of ways you can avoid getting bad breath. First and foremost, practice good oral care. That means regular dental check-ups, and twice-daily brushing and flossing (including your tongue). You’ll also need to make sure you change your toothbrush regularly and pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking (for instance, we all know garlic can be a cause of smelly breath!).

How can I treat smelly breath?

As your dentist about gum disease treatment. This can involve ‘flushing’ out pockets around the gums, or replacing old tooth restorations which may have become loose. You can also ensure you keep to a good dental routine, stop or limit smoking, and invest in antibacterial dental products (e.g. mouthwash).

Anything else I should know?

It sounds silly, but don’t wear anything scented (lipstick, lotions, perfume) to a dental appointment or use things like mouthwash just before your visit. This can make it harder to diagnose halitosis.

What next?

Get in touch with our Maidstone dentists for all things dental, whether help and advice or recommend products and treatments. We look forward to seeing you very soon.