How to prevent bad breath

Nobody wants bad breath but unfortunately, it is a very common dental problem that affects a lot of people. Bad breath can occur for a number of reasons including, bad oral hygiene, gum disease or other health conditions such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

If you suffer from bad breath, it is often the case that you won’t notice it yourself. However, you can look out for lots of small signs that may show you have bad breath. Do people step away from you when you speak? This can be a key indicator that you have bad breath.

What are the causes of bad breath?

The most common cause of persistent bad breath is bad oral hygiene. The bacteria from plaque releases odorous gasses. Food can also get stuck between the teeth and if not removed by brushing or flossing, can develop a strong smell. It is very important to have a good oral hygiene routine to keep your breath fresh as well as keeping your mouth healthy.

Medical Conditions

Bad breath can be caused by a variety of medical problems. If you suffer from dry mouth syndrome, you are more likely to experience bad breath. This is because as your mouth produces less saliva, bacteria in the mouth builds up faster.

Other medical conditions that can cause bad breath include infections in the throat, nose or lungs, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes and liver or kidney problems. If your oral hygiene is at a good level, your dentist may refer you to your GP for further tests to find the underlying issue.


Smoking is a well-known cause of bad breath, with a distinctive odour. To stop this, you will need to quit smoking. Smoking and tobacco can cause other problems in the mouth such as; teeth staining, loss of taste, gum irritation and increased chance of developing mouth cancer.

How can bad breath be prevented?

The best way to keep your fresh smelling fresh is to keep it clean and free of plaque. Here are some steps you can follow to make sure your bad breath is a thing of the past.

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes the last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper
  • Cut down on the amount of sugary food and drinks you consume
  • Attend regular dentist and hygienist appointments
  • Clean in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes
  • Use an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash every day
  • Chew sugar-free gum after meals and snacks

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, our highly qualified dentists and hygienists are here to give you the best advice on how to take care of your oral hygiene, including improving your bad breath. For more information, or to book an appointment, call us on 01978 757409.