How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Article by Dr Raha Sepehrara

Whether first thing in the morning, after a meal, or all the time, our breath can sometimes smell. The smell can be mild, or it can be strong. Occasionally, the odour is strong enough that other people notice. When it’s noticeable, it can start to impact your life. 

Although you may feel embarrassed, the fact is that bad breath can affect any of us. Sometimes, we can freshen our breath quite quickly; while at other times, we may need to change our lifestyle and hygiene routine or seek professional support. 

There’s no need to live with halitosis. So, if you have bad breath, what can you do to get rid of it?

Here are some top tips to help you freshen your breath and improve your oral health. 

What Is Bad Breath and Halitosis?

The terms bad breath and halitosis are often used interchangeably; however, they are not always the same thing. Bad breath can refer to any odour, including temporary smells caused by something you’ve eaten, like garlic or onions. 

Halitosis, on the other hand, refers to bad breath that’s ongoing, recurring, or frequent. The cause could relate to dental issues, including tooth decay and gum disease, or stem from other medical problems like acid reflux. 

At-Home Treatments for Bad Breath and Halitosis

There are several simple things you can do to rid yourself of bad breath. These good practices are useful for everyone, not just those with bad breath. 

Thoroughly Brush Your Teeth

Plaque is a film that coats your teeth and gums. It’s made up of a mix of bacteria found naturally in the mouth, food debris, and saliva. As the bacteria feed on sugars in your diet, it causes tooth decay and gum disease. As it dries and hardens, it becomes tartar. 

Plaque and tartar cause tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can affect your breath. 

Thoroughly brushing your teeth twice daily or after every meal can help fight this. When brushing, make sure you clean every surface of each tooth, getting right down to the gum line. 


If food debris gets trapped between your teeth, brushing might not remove it. If left, the debris will start to rot and cause bad breath. Flossing removes any debris and bacteria from those hard-to-reach areas. 

Brush Your Tongue

There are lots of bacteria in the mouth, some of which cause odours. Many of these live on the tongue. When brushing your teeth, clean your tongue. Many toothbrushes have tongue cleaners on the back of the head. 

Avoid Letting Your Mouth Get Dry

A dry mouth can cause bad breath. To avoid letting your mouth get dry, sip small amounts of water frequently. Drinks like coffee and sugary soft drinks should be avoided as these can dry your mouth out and contribute to bad breath. 

Clean Dental Appliances

If you wear dentures, an aligner, braces, or a retainer, ensure they are thoroughly cleaned. These can all pick up food debris and bacteria which could cause bad breath. 

Swap Your Toothbrush

If you’ve had your toothbrush for a while, it may be worn, and it could have picked up bacteria. If your toothbrush is frayed or older than four mouths, it’s time to get a new one. 

Quit Smoking

If you’re a smoker, it will give you bad breath. Quitting is essential in reclaiming your breath. Speak to us or your GP for tips on giving up.  

Book a Hygiene Appointment

One of the most effective ways to tackle plague and tartar buildup is to visit us for a hygiene appointment. We’ll use the latest technology and techniques to give you the kind of deep clean you can’t achieve at home. We’ll also give you lifestyle, hygiene, and diet advice to keep your breath healthy. 

Come In for a Dental Checkup 

Finally, come and see us every six months for a checkup. We’ll check the health of your teeth and gums and advise on any necessary treatment that could help improve your oral health and breath. 

Book Your Appointment Now

There’s no need to feel ashamed of bad breath and it shouldn’t put you off seeking treatment. Our friendly and professional team are here to advise and support you while giving you exceptional dental care. 

Call us today to schedule your checkup or hygiene appointment.



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