Mouth odour known as halitosis is an offensive smell that comes from the mouth. Statistics show that about 25 to 30% of the world’s population suffers from this malaise.

For some, the disorder is temporary, while for some others it is permanent. Despite brushing and flossing regularly, some still develop mouth odour. In most cases the disorder is caused by the gum and tongue and not the teeth.

The causes of mouth odour include:

  • Bacteria
  • Smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol can cause mouth odour
  • Not brushing at least two times in a day
  • Decaying food particles
  • Not brushing or washing the tongue
  • Eating strongly flavored foods such as onions and garlic


To maintain a good oral hygiene, brush your mouth thoroughly at least two times in a day; preferably morning and at night before going to bed.

  • Brush the tongue: When brushing ensure that you brush the tongue. Due to the nature of the tongue, it can harbor bacteria and other microorganisms, therefore it is important to clean it thoroughly. When brushing, use a toothbrush, the edge of a spoon, or a tongue cleaner to “scrape” the tongue.
  • Floss: Make it a regular habit to floss your teeth. This helps you to rid of food particles that may have been stuck in the teeth gums for some time. It is possible that the gums bleed at first as you remove the food particles, so do it gently.

Use mouthwash: Mouthwash helps to keep the mouth fresh all day and keeps bad breath away. The alcohol-free brands of mouthwash are recommended.  Rinse the mouth with the mouthwash vigorously, swish it in between the teeth to remove any food particles that may be still be locked in there.