Aside from poor oral hygiene, a number of factors can trigger bad breath. These include;
- Certain foods such as garlic and onion
- Dental problems, like gum disease
- Dry mouth or dehydration
- Acid reflux
- Postnasal discharge, caused by chronic sinusitis
- Some medications, such as certain heart medication and chemotherapy
- Serious conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), respiratory disease, or diabetes.
How do I prevent bad breath?
There are some simple things you can do to prevent bad breath.
To keep your mouth so fresh and so clean, brush and floss twice a day. Gentle scraping or brushing on your tongue is also recommended - the hardest to reach parts are usually the smelliest.
It’s important to drink lots of water and avoid smelly food and drink. Quitting smoking can also help to prevent bad breath, as well as reduce your risk of gum disease.
If the underlying cause of your bad breath is due to a more serious dental problem or health condition, managing them properly will help prevent bad breath. Regular dental check-ups can help you keep on top of gum disease and other dental problems, while your GP can help manage health conditions like diabetes.
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How do I treat bad breath?
The best way to treat bad breath is to address the underlying cause, for example ensuring you are brushing your teeth and flossing regularly.
There are also plenty of ‘quick fixes’ to help manage it. Mouthwashes, sprays, lozenges, and chewing gums can all help. If you suffer from sinus issues, treatment such as rinses and sprays are also an option.
If symptoms don’t resolve or you’d like to find the right treatment for you, speak to your dentist or your GP.
Learn more about common health conditions in our What Causes series here.