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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is generally caused by poor oral hygiene, infection in the mouth, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or by the food that you eat.

Sometimes there are other causes such as respiratory tract infections, kidney, liver and lung disease which can cause digestion problems such as acid reflux.

The odours associated with bad breath can vary quite significantly depending on the root cause.

Some people experience bad breath and are unaware, whilst others think they have bad breath even though there is very little odour. It is very difficult to assess how your own breath smells.

We recommend trying to cup your hand over your nose and mouth to smell your own breath. Other options include asking a relative.

Root cause of bad breath is often poor oral hygiene which then leads to buildup of plaque, development of gingivitis or food debris building up. You should consider seeing your dentist if bad breath concerns you – we will be able to recommend some treatment options.

Typically the best way to treat bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice per day, including your tongue and try to floss every day.

Coming in to the dentist for your 6th monthly check-up and clean is also a great way to prevent bad breath. If you are still having trouble with bad breath, your dentist can discuss a number of other treatment options with you.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Typically the best way to treat bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice per day, including your tongue and try to floss every day.