Fresh breath

Bad breath is a delicate and complex topic. It’s something that has many causes but ultimately results in reduced self-confidence. It can also be daunting to raise the issue. However, it is important that if you recognise bad breath as an issue, that you do speak to your dentist.

At Portway Dental Care our team will be sensitive to your concerns. Not only will they help you on the road to fresh breath, but their professional advice is invaluable for uncovering the cause.

What causes bad breath? 

The causes of bad breath (or halitosis) can vary from simply lifestyle and the food in your diet to more serious underlying health problems, such as gum disease and gum inflammation (gingivitis). It can even be an indicator of issues in other parts of your body.

Halitosis can be a result of:

  • Strong foods, such as garlic and onions
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Regular consumption of alcohol and cigarettes
  • Food caught between teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Bacteria on the tongue
  • Gingivitis and periodontal disease (the two most common types of gum disease)
  • Health issues in another part of your body e.g. throat, liver, kidneys, lungs

How do I get rid of bad breath? 

When was the last time you visited the dentist? It could be simply a build up bacteria from lifestyle habits, such as drinking coffee and smoking, eating strong-tasting foods or not brushing thoroughly enough. However, it could be an indication of a dental health problem. Bad breath is a symptom and, with many possible underlying reasons, it is best to get a professional opinion. Your Portway Dental Care dentist is best placed to help uncover the cause.

If you are concerned about bad breath, speak to your dentist. They will be able to perform an examination to discover the cause and offer appropriate treatment and advice. By treating the cause of your bad breath, your Portway Dental Care dentist or hygienist can help you achieve fresh breath and restore your confidence. A healthier mouth means fresher breath!   

Stop bad breath before it happens 

The most common cause of bad breath is simply bacteria in the mouth, caused by an inefficient oral care routine.

The most effective way of battling bad breath and preventing it happening in the first place, is to keep up a regular routine. Brush all areas of your mouth thoroughly, ideally for around two minutes, twice a day. Brush or scrape your tongue to remove bacteria and floss or use interdental brushes to clean between all of your teeth. It is best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing, especially if you have eaten anything acidic, such as an orange. The acid weakens your natural enamel and you could damage it further by brushing too soon.   

You want to enjoy your food, without being concerned about your breath or trapped food, so keep some sugar-free chewing gum to hand. Chewing gum after a meal for twenty minutes will help to dislodge any trapped food and chewing stimulates saliva that will naturally wash away tiny particles and bacteria.   

Visiting your Portway Dental Care dentist and hygienist regularly for a professional examination and scale and polish should be part of your dental care plan. It will go a long way towards helping to keep your breath fresh.

Contact the Wantage team on 01235 762187 today to book your next hygienist visit.


Hygienist services

Regular visits to your hygienist puts you in the best position for detecting any oral health problems. Portway Dental Care hygienists are trained to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.



    At Portway Dental Care we know that every smile is unique. Regular consultations are advised to complement a good daily oral health routine and to provide a preventative approach to dental health.

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