How Do I Treat Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, has a very distinctive or bad odour. It is due to several reasons and happens to all of us at a certain point.

Here Are Some Key Factors To Avoid Bad Breath

Promoting good oral hygiene

Brush your teeth properly. Brushing your teeth properly is one of the best things you can do in your fight against bad breath. Brush at least twice a day, for at least two minutes and make sure to cover all the areas in your mouth. Especially focus on the neck of the teeth where the teeth meet the gums.

  • Replace your brush every three months.
  • Make sure to brush/scrape your tongue, because your tongue gets a lot of build-up of bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Brush from the back to the front of your tongue and be certain to get the sides as well.
  • Use mouthwash to rinse and deep gargle an antiseptic mouthwash will kill the bacteria causing bad breath.
  • Flossing regularly this is another way to remove leftover food particles in between the teeth and gums. These particles rot and cause bad odour.

Get regular dental check-ups.

Going to the dentist is important to maintaining your oral health, a primary factor in bad breath. A dentist, or dental hygienist, will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Your dentist will notice if your bad breath is caused by something more serious than simply food or drink, or not having brushed properly.

If you have a lot of bad breath issues and you’re following a strict healthy mouth regime (with brushing and eating properly), then you should definitely make an appointment at Prosmiles’ dental clinic in Melbourne.

Drink lots of water.

Drinking water helps keep your mouth hydrated and flushes out toxins produced by bacteria that produce them. Dehydration is one of the causes of halitosis. Bad breath actually worsens with dry mouth.

Drinking coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol to cleanse will not help. In most cases, these are the causes of your bad breath.

Avoid acidic and sugary drinks as bacteria thrive on them make it more susceptible to caries and four odours.
Eat a lot of fibre rich food.

Fibre is good for you. Fibre-rich food can help to cleanse your body and releases toxins from the body. Try eating sugar-free yogurt once a day. Yogurt with good bacteria (probiotic bacteria) prevents bad breath by reducing the levels of bad breath, causing sulphide compounds.

Drink green or black tea.

Tea contains polyphenols that help eliminate sulphur compounds and reduce oral bacteria. They also aid in hydrating the mouth. Drink hot unsweetened tea several times a day for best results.

Quit tobacco products and smoking.

If you ever needed another reason to quit, here’s an easy one: smoking contributes to bad breath. Tobacco tends to dry out your mouth and can leave an unpleasant smell that lingers even after brushing your teeth.

Changes in dental hygiene

Simply brushing your teeth is unfortunately often not enough to ensure lifelong healthy teeth. All dentists will recommend you brush your teeth twice a day, as well as regular flossing and use of fluoride.

Lifestyle change

Plaque and gum disease often stems from bad lifestyle choices, from smoking cigarettes to regular consumption of sugary drinks. If these habits are cut down or stopped altogether, and replaced with healthier foods and drinks, your oral health will improve.

Scaling and root planning

Scaling and root planning are often the first techniques used to treat bacteria and infections building inside the mouth.


A surgical procedure may be needed if the disease remains untreated for a long period of time.

Continuous care

Having appointments with a ProSmiles dentist every six months for a check-up is a thorough and professional service that will ensure your teeth are receiving the best treatment available.

Improve Your Oral Hygiene Today

If gum disease is affecting your teeth and gums, do not waste time in stopping it from progressing. To help get your oral health back on track, book your appointment today by calling (03) 8613 3416 or email us on

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