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Bad Breath After Brushing Your Teeth?

Do you suffer from bad breath even after brushing your teeth? If so, you may be wondering what you can do about it, as bad breath can be quite embarrassing while affecting your confidence and self esteem.

The good news, however, is that bad breath can be treated. Being aware of the possible causes behind this condition is very important if you want to combat it. At Purity Dental, we offer bad breath treatment to save you from the embarrassment of being told your breath smells bad.

WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH? 

1. Dry mouth

Dry mouth is a condition that occurs when your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva. This condition, caused by factors such as certain medications, dehydration,  and certain alcoholic beverages, can also leave your mouth overly dry and prone to bacterial growth. Did you know that many mouth rinses may also contain alcohol that dries out the skin inside your mouth, leading to dry mouth in the long term? If you leave this condition untreated for long, the bacteria in your mouth will get washed away less often, eventually causing bad breath. To avoid this condition, drink plenty of water as much as possible throughout the day, chew sugarless gum and avoid foods that could trigger bad breath, such as garlic and onions.

2. Gum disease

Gum disease can cause pockets of infection to spreads deep under your gumlines that can only be thoroughly cleaned by a professional. This bacteria can release sulphur-producing compounds with a foul odour. 

The only way to treat bad breath caused by gum disease is by treating the infection by cleaning out the infection and any surrounding necrotic tissues. If identified in its early stages, gum disease and bad breath caused by this condition can be treated completely. At the same time, you can also take steps to prevent gum disease and bad breath by taking preventative measures, such as brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly or when you notice any warning signs of gum disease.

3. Improper oral hygiene

Poor oral hygiene is one of the key causes of bad breath. Food particles can remain in your mouth for a long time if it is not cleaned properly. It can lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth or along the gumlines, and leftover food particles can produce foul smells.  

Neglecting to clean your tongue can also cause bad breath because the tongue holds up to 90% of the bacteria responsible for bad breath! Each time you’re not cleaning your tongue when you brush your teeth, you’re allowing these bacteria to breed more, so don’t forget to brush your tongue from front to back next time!

4.Smoking And Chewing Tobacco 

Along with the many oral and health problems smoking can cause, it can also cause bad breath. How? When you smoke, it can leave smoke particles trapped in your mouth, throat and lungs. When these smoke particles mix with your saliva, it can cause bad breath. Smoking can also reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, causing dry mouth eventually leading to bad breath.

5. Sinus Infections

Sinuses are the spaces inside your face that produce mucus to keep your nose clean and free of bacteria and germs. Bacterial infections, allergies or viral infections can cause your sinuses to get blocked and filled with fluid. When this happens, the mucus is forced towards the back of your throat and causes bad breath as it meets the air you exhale. 

Are you worried about bad breath and don’t know what to do about it? Schedule an appointment with Purity Dental, and we’ll help you figure out the underlying cause of your issue and give you some tips on how to combat it!