Bad breath is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age.
About one in four people are thought to have¬†bad breath (halitosis) on a regular basis.
What causes bad breath?
There are a number of things that can cause bad breath. It's usually the result of poor oral hygiene. If bacteria build up in your¬†mouth, the toxins produced can cause your breath to smell.¬†
Bacteria break down¬†pieces of food in the mouth, and may release an unpleasant-smelling gas.¬†Any food trapped on your teeth¬†-¬†particularly between them¬†-¬†is broken down by bacteria, which may cause bad breath.
Occasionally,¬†bad breath can¬†occur¬†after an infection or illness, or as a result of¬†taking certain types of medication.
Read more about the causes of¬†bad breath.
Treating and preventing¬†bad breath
Improving your oral hygiene is usually¬†enough to cure bad breath and stop it happening again.
To improve your oral health, make sure you:
- floss between your teeth daily
- brush your teeth and gums¬†regularly
- clean your tongue regularly
Read more about¬†treating and preventing bad breath.
When to seek medical advice
See your dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist¬†first if¬†you still have bad breath after¬†making changes to improve your dental hygiene.
You may also need to visit your GP¬†as there may be a medical cause that needs to be investigated.
Don't try to hide the smell of your breath when seeking medical advice¬†as it may make it more difficult to find out what's causing the problem.