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Brushing, Mouthwash, Mints… Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

What is Halitosis?

Bad Breath

Halitosis is the technical term for bad breath, and is fairly common. Halitosis is often caused by remnants of bacteria in your mouth, but sometimes it can be associated with more serious health problems.

Causes of Halitosis

Poor dental hygiene

Food can get stuck between teeth without proper cleaning, brushing and flossing after meals.

Potent food

Beverages such as alcohol and coffee, or food such as onions and garlic, can cause a lingering strong effect that can lead to halitosis.


Freshly smoked cigarettes can leave a lingering smell because the tobacco smoke tends to remain in the mouth, leading to the accumulation of plaque.

Persistent halitosis can be an indicator of a more serious underlying health issue, such as respiratory infections, sinus infections, diabetes, liver or kidney issues.

Tips For Maintaining Fresh Breath

  • 1. While you are brushing your teeth, be sure to brush your tongue from front to back.
  • 2. After brushing your teeth, use dental floss to clean the areas between your teeth.
  • 3. Use mouthwashes for long lasting fresh breath.
  • 4. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  • 5. Eat foods that help keep teeth clean and prevent the formation of plaque, such as carrots, broccoli and celery.
  • 6. Keep up with your dental checkups every 6 months so that your dentist can consistently assess your dental health and prevent serious problems from developing.