Bad breath (halitosis) is a common problem, which is easily treatable. Often, bad breath occurs in the morning and after eating strongly flavoured foods, but if you have unpleasant breath more frequently, there may be an underlying cause. Most cases of halitosis are linked to bacteria lingering in the mouth, usually at the back of the tongue. Good oral hygiene can help to keep these bacteria at bay, preventing them from collecting in the mouth and releasing odorous gases. Other possible causes of bad breath include smoking and taking some forms of medicine. If oral hygiene is the problem, we can offer advice about brushing and flossing at home, as well as providing powerful cleaning treatments, which tackle stubborn plaque and bacteria and leave the mouth feeling lovely and fresh. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes and having a check-up every 6 months to keep bad breath at bay. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating can also help to prevent bad breath, as well as stimulating saliva production, which helps to wash away food debris and neutralise acids in the mouth. If you have bad breath, you’re not alone; this is a very common issue and there’s nothing to be worried or embarrassed about. We are here to help banish bad breath for good!