Bad Breath and Braces

Posted on : 26-09-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Facebook  Share on Facebook   |  

People of all ages have braces the most common group of individuals are teenagers. Having braces is bad enough, but a lot of times kids will experience bad breath along with them! Not only can kids get teased about issues like this, it can be confusing to continually have to battle this issue. Many people revert to gum chewing, but this isn’t recommended with braces because it can damage the hardware.

         Bad Breath and Braces

What’s causing this?

Bad breath is caused by too much bacteria in the mouth. All that metal is catching food particles, and even if you’re brushing regularly it can be pretty hard to miss. Even if you don’t have braces, any remnant of food that is left behind in the mouth is serving as a breeding ground for bacteria to take over and wreak havoc on your breath. Having braces, wires, a retainer or bands are just another obstacle that food has to get around to get down your throat.

Best Foods to Eat

If you’re eating fried chicken fingers or pizza, you can just feel the aftermath lingering in your mouth. And imagine how that smells. Now it’s not to say that these foods need to be entirely eliminated from any diet, but they shouldn’t be consumed on a regular basis. Try to eat more fruits and veggies that contain vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy mouth and help eliminate the bacteria. These foods also do a great job of scrubbing your teeth and mouth because they are slightly abrasive.

Keep Drinking

Drinking water is a great way to get rid of bad breath, especially after a smelly meal. Water rinses away those food particles that get stuck in the crevices of your mouth and braces. It also does wonders to keep your mouth moist, which is a key in eliminating bad breath. When you have dry mouth, the bacteria just sit in your mouth and stench up your breath. Getting rid of dry mouth is step one to keeping minty fresh breath.


Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things to eliminate and prevent bad breath, and when you have braces, it’s even more necessary.Carefully and efficiently brushing your teeth each day and night – and after large, pungent meals can greatly decrease your probability of suffering from bad breath. Take a look at the ingredients in your toothpaste, and if it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, you might want to invest in another product because this dries out your mouth – and we know what happens then.


Using an alcohol free mouthwash regularly will decrease the amount of bacteria in your mouth, and it can help soothe any irritations or inflammations in your mouth. It’s common for people with braces to experience mouth wounds or canker sores from the metal scrapping against the side of the mouth. These issues can cause bad breath. Once you’re done brushing and flossing, finishing your routine with a mouthwash will really ensure your breath is fresh and clean.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

Write a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.