When you contact your dental practice or Health Board for a dental appointment, you MUST tell them if you have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID19) OR you are currently self-isolating OR you have possible symptoms.

Dental practices have to comply with social distancing measures so please do not attend without having made an appointment first.

Causes of bad breath

Causes of bad breath may include:

  • eating or drinking strong-smelling food and drink
  • problems with your teeth or gums, such as gum disease, holes in your teeth or an infection
  • crash dieting
  • some medical conditions, like tonsillitis or acid reflux
  • smoking

Bad breath (also called halitosis) is common and you can often manage it yourself.

How to manage bad breath

The best way of preventing bad breath is to keep your teeth, tongue and mouth clean. Try the following:

  • gently brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day for 2 minutes
  • use a fluoride toothpaste
  • after brushing, spit but do not rinse your mouth
  • gently clean your tongue once a day using a tongue scraper or cleaner
  • clean between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss at least once a day
  • keep dentures clean and remove them at night
  • use sugar-free mints or chewing gum after having strong-smelling food and drink
  • try using an antibacterial mouthwash at a different time to brushing
  • avoid eating or drinking strong-smelling or spicy foods and drinks
  • stop smoking- you can receive support by calling 0808 252 8216 or visiting www.helpmequit.wales
  • cut down on sugary food and drink
  • attend for regular dental check-ups

If you have tried all of the above and still have bad breath, call your dental practice or GP for advice. They will carry out remote consultation over the phone/video before seeing you in person at the practice if required.

If you do not have a regular dentist, you need to call the appropriate dental helpline number for your Local Health Board area.

The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website nhs.uk
Last Updated: 02/07/2021 10:15:22