How to Prevent Bad Breath with Braces

Posted On: June 2, 2017

prevent bad breath with braces

Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is a funny word that can have a big impact on your life.

In fact, more than 50% of the general population has halitosis. Although bad breath can affect everyone, people with braces are often more susceptible to developing it.

Fortunately, bad breath is preventable and treatable!

Let’s take a look.

What Causes Bad Breath with Braces?

The main culprit of bad breath is bacteria in the mouth.

Braces make it easier for food to get stuck in the small spaces around the teeth. If food isn’t removed, bacteria will feed on it and produce an unpleasant odor.

Poor oral hygiene, gum disease, smoking, and drinking can cause bad breath.

How Can I Prevent Bad Breath?

Although bad breath is common, it is preventable. At Fry Orthodontics, we recommend:

Eat a Healthy Diet

Foods high in sugar and carbohydrates can contribute to bad breath. Eat protein, vegetables, fruit, and dairy to get vitamins and minerals to support healthy gums and teeth.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can increase the likelihood of bad breath. A dry mouth inhibits the production of saliva, which helps remove bacteria and excess food particles.

To combat dehydration, drink lots of water throughout the day, which will help clean the mouth.

Brush and Floss Often

Practicing oral hygiene is essential!

Brush your teeth first thing in the morning, after each meal and snack, and before you go to bed.

Floss daily using a threader to help remove food particles and plaque buildup.

Tongue Scraper

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, try a tongue scraper. This helps thoroughly remove bacteria from the tongue’s surface.


Use an antibacterial mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine to help fight bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis.

We recommend using a mouthwash approved by the American Dental Association, like Listerine.

Schedule Dental Visits

Regular orthodontic exams and dental cleanings are crucial with braces. Scheduling dental visits help you stay on top of any tooth or gum problems and treat any issues that may be the source of bad breath.

Your Smile is Just the Start

Following the tips listed above will help prevent bad breath and keep your smile healthy.

To learn more about oral hygiene and orthodontics, read our e-book.

If you’re concerned about bad breath with your braces, let your Fry Orthodontic Specialist know. We can make recommendations and help you learn proper brushing and flossing techniques.