Bad breath can often have a major impact on a person and be a source of embarrassment.
Treatment of bad breath depends on the underlying cause. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to reducing bad breath. It is recommended to brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste (or after a meal if you have consumed strong smelling food), brush the surface of your tongue and use floss or an interproximal cleaning aid once a day. An alcohol free mouthwash is optional. Regular dental checkups will help detect cavities that can harbour bacteria or trap food causing a bad smell and regular cleans help remove plaque and stagnant food.
Avoiding dehydration by consuming at least 2 litres of water a day and quitting smoking can also help. Your dentist may recommend speaking to your GP if there is an underlying medical reason for the bad breath.