Halitosis and Braces

Halitosis and Braces

Main Content

Halitosis and Braces

Young girl covering her mouthBraces can help you get the beautiful, straight smile that you’ve always wanted. However, the time that you spend with orthodontic braces will be an investment, and it won’t always be pleasant. Dental braces can make certain things difficult, like flossing, eating the right foods, and they may even cause bad breath.

Halitosis and Braces

Halitosis (bad breath) can be an embarrassing side effect of orthodontic braces. Luckily there are a few ways to help keep your breath fresh while wearing braces:

  • Drink plenty of water – If your mouth is feeling dry, you’re at risk for halitosis. Dry mouth causes saliva production to slow, and saliva helps to balance the pH levels in your mouth, keeping your breath neutral and pleasant.
  • Use mouthwash – Mouthwash not only gets rid of the bacteria that cause bad breath, but the minty flavor freshens the breath as well. Make sure to rinse with mouthwash for at least 30 seconds.
  • Avoid eating too much sugar – Foods that contain too much sugar can contribute to bad breath. Instead, stick to grains, produce, protein, and dairy, and follow the list of approved foods that are safe for braces.
  • Avoid drinking soda – Soda contains lots of sugar, which (as stated above), is bad for teeth. The acid in soda is also damaging and can contribute to halitosis.
  • Brush often – Obviously, brushing your teeth often with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and food debris is a great way to keep your breath fresh and your teeth clean.
  • Visit the dentist – Lastly, make sure to attend your regular dental cleanings and checkups every six months to avoid dental cavities and to receive a thorough cleaning.

The best way to make sure your breath is always fresh, and your mouth is always clean is to practice good oral hygiene every day. If you have any questions or concerns about your orthodontic braces or if you need to make an appointment at our office, please contact Kuhni Orthodontic Studio here in Spanish Fork, Utah.   

Posted on Nov 25, 2019



Feb 10, 2020, 10:00 AM
Everyone knows that tobacco use damages the dental and overall health of the person who uses it. But secondhand smoke can…
Jan 27, 2020, 10:00 AM
If you’re unhappy with your smile but think that it’s too late to consider orthodontic treatment, you would be wrong! In the…
Jan 12, 2020, 5:26 PM
Studies have found that only around 8-10% of people successfully stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Many people have…
Dec 23, 2019, 9:31 PM
In the event of a dental emergency, your general dentist should be the first person you contact. Most dental offices have…
Dec 17, 2019, 9:52 PM
After spending between 18 months and 2 years wearing orthodontic braces, we’re guessing that you won’t want your teeth…

Arial image of our location

    phone: 801.798.6000
    email: smile@kuhniortho.com
    948 N 200 E, Spanish Fork, UT 84660

    Contact Us
    We are accepting new patients! Achieve a healthy and beautiful smile for you and your family that offers confidence, long term health, and peace of mind.

    Learn More
    Learn more about our orthodontic practice, Damon braces, traditional braces, and Invisalign® from our current and past patients that have left us a review.

    Read More