Mask on, mask off, How to Avoid Bad Breath (National Fresh Breath Day)

Man with halitosis talking to a woman covering her nose

Aug 6th is National Fresh Breath Day.  Today especially we try to encourage more patients to take their oral health seriously.  Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a source of embarrassment and social anxiety. But the good news is, it can be prevented and treated with simple lifestyle changes and good oral hygiene practices. Here are some tips to help you avoid bad breath:


  1. Brush and floss regularly: Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day can help remove food particles and plaque that can cause bad breath. Make sure to brush for at least two minutes, paying extra attention to your tongue, which can also harbor odor-causing bacteria.
  2. Use mouthwash: Mouthwash can help freshen your breath and kill bacteria that can cause bad breath. Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash to avoid drying out your mouth, which can make bad breath worse.
  3. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help flush out food particles and bacteria, keeping your mouth fresh and clean. Dehydration can also cause dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath.
  4. Avoid foods that cause bad breath: Certain foods such as garlic, onions, and spicy foods can cause bad breath. If you regularly consume these foods, try to brush or rinse your mouth immediately after eating to help eliminate the odor.
  5. Don’t use tobacco products: Tobacco products, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco, can cause bad breath and stain your teeth. Quitting smoking or using tobacco products can improve both your oral health and your breath.
  6. Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help remove plaque and tartar that can cause bad breath and gum disease. Our dentist Dr Hang Le can also identify and treat any underlying dental problems that may be causing your bad breath.


Bad breath is a common problem that can be easily prevented with good oral hygiene practices and lifestyle changes. It is important that we all continue to practice good oral hygiene habits so that we are never embarrassed by how our breath smells! By following these tips, you also can avoid bad breath and enjoy fresher breath and a more confident smile.


Dr Hang Le and her team at My Fairfax Dental can help you prevent or treat the main causes of halitosis (bad breath). Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get the smile you deserve.

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