Bad breath is extremely common and can be a very embarrassing subject matter for those that have it and those who come into contact with someone who has it. Diet can play a factor in bad breath, for example if some one eats a very spicy meal, or one full of garlic. Certain foods and drink can make the breath smell less than fresh, but can easily be freshened up by using a mouthwash or sugar free gum. Bad breath that will not go away is often due to poor oral hygiene techniques. Bacteria and tarter in the mouth can start to smell very quickly and using a minty fresh piece of gum will only mask this in the short-term. The only way to get rid of bad breath is to clean the teeth twice a day and to regularly visit the dentist at least twice a year. At Clifton Dental of Bristol during patients check-up we are able to see oral decay not visible to the naked eye, which can cause a bad odour, so maintaining regular contact with your dentist and hygienist is very important. Look at the brush you are using and make sure it is doing its job properly, an old brush will not be as affective as a new brush, maybe think about using an electric brush and start flossing so that the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. For more help and information get in contact with us and banish that bad breath for good.