What causes bad breath?
Most causes of bad breath begin in the mouth and relate to poor oral hygiene or other lifestyle habits. There are many causes of bad breath, including:
How to get rid of bad breath
In many cases, you can tackle bad breath with proper dental hygiene or regular visits to your dentist or hygienist, who may be able to identify the cause of your halitosis and recommend a reliable course of action. There are also several self-care techniques relating to your day-to-day oral hygiene, eating habits, and other aspects of your daily life which may improve the freshness of your breath.
- Brush your teeth and gums thoroughly, twice a day for two minutes
- Clean the surface of your tongue with a brush or tongue cleaner
- Use dental floss or interdental brushes to remove plaque (a thin, sticky film that coats your teeth and contains bacteria) and food from between your teeth.
- If you smoke, try and stop
- Avoid eating strong-smelling foods (such as onions, coffee and garlic)
- Drink plenty of water – water helps wash away food particles and bacteria that are a primary cause of bad breath
- See a hygienist regularly. They can give your mouth a deep clean and remove any plaque or bacteria. A hygienist can also give you tailored oral health advice to help you look after your mouth at home
- Be sure to follow your dentist or hygienist’s advice carefully and if you have any questions, just ask
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