"Why do I still have 'bad breath' even though I brush my teeth?"

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08 Apr 2024
"Why do I still have 'bad breath' even though I brush my teeth?"

      When you have bad breath and your breath has an unpleasant odor, it's an embarrassing problem that may make you feel uncomfortable in social situations or when interacting closely with others. These odors are often caused by bacteria breaking down food particles left in various parts of the mouth, leading to food decay and resulting in the mentioned odors. Even though you're confident in maintaining good oral hygiene by cleaning your mouth and brushing your teeth properly, why do we still experience bad breath? Today, we have factors that contribute to causing "bad breath" to share with everyone.

  • Oral ulcers, such as canker sores, hot sores, post-tooth extraction wounds, or wounds from oral surgeries.
  • Cavities, caused by accumulated food debris in tooth crevices, teeth that penetrate nerve cavities, and pus formation at the root tip of teeth.
  • Periodontal disease or gingivitis, caused by a buildup of bacterial plaque and calculus.
  • People who wear dentures or various mouth appliances, such as braces or mouthguards, and don't maintain proper hygiene.
  • Saliva, typically saliva helps rinse out debris. If there's a lot of saliva secretion in the mouth, it's cleaner than those with less saliva secretion, and this saliva helps reduce food decay odors.
  • The tongue, especially at the base of the tongue's innermost part, because this area has mucus from the nasal cavity flowing down to the throat. While these symptoms don't initially cause bad breath, after leaving them for 2 to 3 days, the bacteria in the mouth can break down the mucus, leading to odor formation.
  • Smoking, a factor that makes smokers more prone to severe periodontal disease, and the lingering smell of cigarettes in the mouth mixes with other odors, resulting in a distinctive foul smell.
  • Diet, such as onions, garlic, spices, durian, and alcohol, can cause bad breath. However, naturally, these odors disappear when food is digested, absorbed, and excreted.

      If you're sure your teeth are clean, but your breath still smells, it might sometimes be due to internal factors like oral ulcers or various allergies, or external factors like our diet. Therefore, we need to identify the cause to address it correctly and precisely, including considering a regular visit to a dentist for regular oral health check-ups.


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