Five ways to banish bad breath

Making an impactful first impression on someone new is usually a good thing, but not if it’s for the wrong reason! Bad breath is something that can affect anyone, but luckily there are plenty of easy ways to prevent and treat it. 

And when you’re new to braces, it can take time to adjust to a new oral hygiene routine. This can lead to food particles getting stuck in and around the braces, or between your teeth, causing more bacteria in the mouth and smelly breath. 

The correct term for bad breath is halitosis and, for some, it can cause embarrassment, anxiety, lack of confidence and have a massive impact on their social life. Some people suffer in silence for years, too ashamed to seek treatment, while others may only speak to their dentist about it when someone has mentioned the problem. Either way, it’s nothing to be worried about. 

Most of the time bad breath is caused by gases from bacteria in the mouth, so a tip-top dental hygiene routine can often see it off. Other causes include sinus problems, colds, smoking, and – much more rarely – chronic illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure and lung disease. Of course, if you think your problem is more serious than just bad breath, see your GP. 

Poor dental hygiene and gum disease is the most common cause, which is an easy fix in most cases, especially if you wear braces. Here are our top tips to combat bad breath: 

1. Drink plenty of water

A dry mouth makes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so drink plenty of water to increase your production of saliva and keep your body hydrated. Saliva helps to cleanse your mouth and can remove food particles and bacteria. ‘Morning breath’ is also caused by a dry mouth, so keep a glass of water handy by your bed. 

2. Improve your dental hygiene

This is a simple fix, and is very effective in combating bad breath. Make sure you have a thorough cleaning routine, especially if you wear braces or aligners. Floss between your teeth (yes, you can do this with braces!), then brush for the correct amount of time. Gently brush your tongue, too, or use a tongue scraper, as the tongue harbours lots of bacteria, which can smell if left untreated. 

3. Eat the right foods

Steer clear of pungent foods such as garlic, onions and spices. As they break down in the body, the chemicals from these foods enter your bloodstream and are carried to your lungs, which affect your breath. The only thing to do here is sit it out, unfortunately! 

4. Try a mouthwash 

After brushing your teeth, use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill germs and bacteria that might still be lurking in those hard-to-reach spots between your teeth. There are lots of different types on the market, so find one that works for you. 

5. See your dentist

Schedule a check-up every six months so that your dentist can check for cavities and gum disease, which can cause bad breath. The dental hygienist can give your teeth a thorough clean and remove plaque and tartar, which is especially important if you are having braces fitted. 

If you need to know more, or are having problems with bad breath, our team is on hand to answer your questions – just give us a call.

How you should really be brushing your teeth.

We’ve all been brushing our teeth since we were knee-high, and before that our parents (hopefully) did it for us. So we should really know what we’re doing, right? Well, you’d be surprised. Many of us have picked up bad habits over the years, and some of us have even...

How to choose the best orthodontist

Going to the dentist in the old days used to be something you just did because you had to. But nowadays, there’s a wealth of choice out there, and plenty of excellent orthodontists ready and available to help you get your teeth and smile just the way you want.  But...

Help! I’m scared of the dentist!

It’s a shame when people are frightened of visiting the dentist as often it is not as bad as you think. But this fear is incredibly common. As a child, I used to enjoy going to the dentist, as I’d get presented with a sticker, sometimes some free toothpaste, and told...

What are the best vitamins for healthy teeth?

We all know the old adage, you are what you eat. But it’s mostly true. If you eat good, nutritious food, you're much more likely to have a healthier body, including great hair, skin and teeth.  It’s best to get your vitamins and mineral from food, but you can...

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Most kids grow up visiting the dentist every six months, but suddenly you're getting braces and you have to see an orthodontist instead – so what’s that about? Well, while both a dentist and orthodontist care for your teeth, they essentially do different things. Let’s...

Should I see a dental hygienist, and what do they do?

Absolutely yes! Dental hygienists are an important part of the dental team. They treat children and adults, promoting healthy teeth and gums. A dental hygienist can also give dietary advice and smoking cessation, helping you to have a healthy lifestyle. Their in-depth...

Pin It on Pinterest