Still Bad Breath After Brushing? What to Do & Why

Bad breath after brushing can occur for many causes. Regular brushing may not eliminate foul breath. Here are some causes of foul breath and ways to improve it.

Alcohol in some mouthwashes dries out the mouth and worsens breath. Mouthwashes containing active chemicals or alcohol-free options may be more helpful at fighting foul breath.

Insufficient saliva production, induced by drugs, mouth breathing, or dehydration, allows germs to grow and create bad breath.Bad breath can result from cavities, gum disease, or oral infections. Bacteria grow under these environments, causing odors.

The tongue's rough surface collects germs and dead cells, causing a terrible smell. Bad breath might result from improper tongue cleaning during brushing.

Inhaling volatile chemicals from garlic, onions, and spices can cause chronic bad breath. Drinking beer, coffee, or acidic drinks can also cause bad breath.Tobacco products make breath smell awful and cause dry mouth and gum disease.

Bad breath can result from recurrent sinus infections, acid reflux (GERD), tonsillitis, respiratory tract infections, liver or renal disease, and diabetes. Healthcare professionals may help identify and treat these concerns.Stress and anxiety can cause dry mouth, which breeds bacteria and stinks.

You should brush twice a day, floss daily, and use mouthwash to remove bacteria and food particles that cause foul breath.The tongue collects bacteria, so use a tongue scraper or toothbrush to gently clean it.Bad breath can result from dry mouth.

Drinking water throughout the day keeps your mouth moist and reduces odor-causing germs.Bad breath can result from garlic, onions, and spicy foods. 

Avoid them or limit their use to reduce foul breath.Smoking destroys gum tissue and saliva production, worsening foul breath and dry mouth.Sugar-free gum and mints encourage saliva production, which cleans and freshens breath.

Sinusitis and post-nasal drip can cause sour breath. Saline nasal rinses and sprays prevent foul breath.

If foul breath persists after following these measures, it may indicate a medical concern, therefore visit a doctor.

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