Breath stinks after brushing teeth

If you are experiencing bad breath even after brushing your teeth, there may be several possible causes of stinking breath stink even after brushing teeth.

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Causes of bad breath –

Poor oral hygiene:

This is one of the most common reason of bad breath even after brushing teeth.

Most of the time we feels like we have brushed our teeth but in actual we haven’t brushed properly.

Reason might be-
• Brushing too fast .
• Wrong brushing techniques.
• Brushing superficially.
• Improper tongue cleaning ,
• Residual food in between tooth & other part of oral cavity.
• Either taking less toothpaste( pea size recommended for adults ) or flushing of toothpaste while brushing.

-Ensure that you are brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day and flossing daily.
-Brush all areas of your mouth, including your tongue, as bacteria can build up there and cause bad breath.

Tongue coating:

Sometimes, a build-up of bacteria, food particles, and dead cells on the surface of the tongue can cause bad breath.

Consider using a tongue scraper or brushing your tongue gently with your toothbrush to remove this coating.

Try to use plastic tongue scraper instead of metal one.
Metal tongue scraper can cause trauma to the tongue.

Dental issues:


cavity causing bad breath

Cavities on the tooth harbours bacteria & other microorganisms that can’t be cleaned easily with the help of regular brushing at home.

Microorganisms of the cavities cause rotting of teeth that stinks & gives stinkiness of the breath even after brushing teeth properly.

To avoid this –Regular dental check-up in every 6 month is advisable, as most of us can’t diagnose it at home easily.

B. Gum disease –

gum disease cause bad breath

Regular tooth brushing technique can’t clean the area below gingiva ( gum).

Most of the time when regular brushing of teeth can’t clean food debris from sub gingival area or from between teeth/tooth, it leads to calcification of the food debris (calculus)

These calculus harbours tons of bacteria under it leading to damage to the tissues ( bone, gingiva , teeth) around it.

One of most common gum infection from calculus is formation of periodontal pockets .

Periodontal pockets harbours tons of anaerobic microorganisms that gives stinkiness in the mouth even after brushing.

To clean these calculus professional teeth cleaning recommended.

Regular dental check-ups are important to identify and treat any underlying issues.

Dry mouth

Saliva helps cleanse the mouth and prevent bad breath by removing food particles and neutralizing acids.

Continuous flushing of food particles in the mouth with help of saliva prevent stagnation & rotting of it leading to healthy breath.

Food particles when rott produces acids . Saliva neutralises these acids & prevent tooth decay & other oral infection.

If you have a dry mouth condition, natural flushing system get disturbed & it may lead to bad breath.

Stay well-hydrated and consider using sugar-free chewing gum or mouth rinse specifically designed for dry mouth.

Certain foods and beverages:

Odorous foods like garlic, onions, and spices can cause temporary bad breath.

Additionally, beverages like coffee and alcohol can contribute to bad breath.

Limiting consumption of such items or brushing immediately after consuming them can help.

Smoking or tobacco use:

Tobacco products can cause persistent bad breath.
Quitting smoking or the use of tobacco can significantly improve breath odour.

Underlying health conditions:

health issues causing bad breath

In some cases, bad breath may be a symptom of an underlying health condition such as sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, acid reflux, or liver or kidney problems.

If you are concerned, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional who can assess your overall health and provide an accurate diagnosis.

Remember, bad breath can have multiple causes, and it's essential to identify the underlying reason in order to effectively address the issue.

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