What Causes Bad Breath?

Causes of Bad Breath

Having bad breath is a cause for worry and anxiety for many people. This embarrassing problem can be tricky to keep at bay, but reading up on the causes will make sure you’re informed and help you keep your breath as fresh as can be.

At Maven Dental Yokine, we see three main issues continually causing bad breath.

Poor Oral Hygiene

As well as compromising your overall health, not maintaining proper oral hygiene is a key cause of bad breath. Without regular brushing and flossing, you’re allowing bacteria to build up on your teeth, tongue and gums. Not only is this unhealthy, but it means that when you eat the bacteria will break down any residual food left in your teeth, the result of which is a very unpleasant odor in your mouth.

The best way to avoid this is to brush and floss regularly. Remember to spend at least a few seconds brushing your tongue too, as this can be where a lot of the odor causing bacteria sits. This small investment in affordable dental care will go a long way in keeping bad breath under control.

If you’re unsure about your brushing technique, make sure you ask your dentist for a refresher at your next appointment.


Smokers’ breath is a tricky problem to avoid for smokers. The chemicals found in cigarettes cause the smell. When you smoke, the tar and nicotine from the cigarette are deposited in your mouth, causing the stubborn and potent smell we know as smokers’ breath.

The damage smoking can cause to your oral hygiene doesn’t stop there; the cocktail of chemicals in cigarettes can easily stick to the sides of your mouth, teeth and gums.

The only way to completely get rid of this smell and avoid permanent damage to your teeth is to quit smoking. A good start would be to cut down the number of cigarettes consumed in a day. If you haven’t been to your dentist in a while, make sure you check in and get on top of any potential damage. Dental care can be more affordable than you think, especially when you act early.

Potent Food and Drink

Bad breath doesn’t just have to do with the health of your teeth. Particular types of food with strong flavors including garlic, onions and spices are likely to give you bad breath. Consuming coffee and alcohol is also known to cause bad breath. This cause is definitely the easiest to fix though and the bad breath is generally very temporary. By just keeping on top of your brushing and flossing you should be able to easily negate any bad smells coming from these foods.

Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath. Be sure to schedule regular visits to your dentist for a dental cleaning and check up. By visiting your dentist every six months you’ll be able to keep your oral hygiene in top form.

At Maven Dental Yokine we stock a range of Closys products from the fresh breath range. Breath sprays, toothpastes and mouth rinses with adjustable flavouring. We also stock a range of Oral Hygiene products, such as: Tongue cleaners, Piksters, Super floss and normal floss.

Get in touch with Maven Dental today to book your next appointment.