5 Possible Reasons Your Breath Smells Even After You Brush Your Teeth

Aug 15, 2023 | Blog

You would not believe the number of people who say, “I brush my teeth 3 times a day and still have bad breath!”

While it is pretty common to suffer from bad breath or halitosis, it is not normal to have a constant unpleasant odor coming from your mouth. If you have persistent bad breath that does not go away no matter how much you brush your teeth, this indicates an underlying health issue. You will need to visit your dentist right away to determine what might be the reason behind your breath smell.

Bad breath can significantly affect your self-confidence and make you feel self-conscious. Read this blog to learn the possible causes of bad breath, even after brushing your teeth.

My Breath Smells Even After I Brush My Teeth — Why?

Here are some reasons why your breath smells even after you brush your teeth:

  1. Cavities & Gum Disease
    If you have cavities, it is the perfect spot for odor-causing bacteria to hide and thrive. When the bacteria are in hard-to-reach areas, brushing is no longer effective in removing them, which means bad breath will be present even after you have brushed your teeth. Moreover, you may have gum pockets due to periodontal disease, which is another ideal spot for bacteria to build up in. Visit a periodontist if you suspect gum disease! As for tooth decay, your dentist will determine the adequate treatment.
  2. Dry Mouth
    Saliva is significant for your oral health — it helps you digest the food you consume, speak, swallow, and even chew. In addition, it flushes the food particles that linger in your mouth, maintaining moisture and controlling bacteria. With a dry mouth, the saliva production in your mouth is remarkably affected, which can lead to bad breath. Many reasons can lead to a dry mouth, and treating the underlying condition will eliminate bad breath.
  3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
    GERD is also a possible factor behind bad breath. This condition is also called chronic acid reflux, and it causes stomach acids to flow back into your esophagus. As a result, this invasion of regurgitating stomach acid and undigested food may bring forth multiple symptoms, and persistent bad breath is one of them. Hence, GERD is one of the reasons why your breath smells bad even after you brush your teeth.
  4. Smoking
    There are plenty of negative side effects and health conditions that are brought on due to smoking, and bad breath is one of them. Smoking can cause the tobacco to stay on your tongue, causing your breath to smell. Moreover, you may develop a dry mouth and gum disease because of smoking, both of which result in bad breath. Therefore, smoking could make your breath smell even if you brush your teeth multiple times throughout the day.
  5. Underlying condition
    Multiple medical issues are also responsible for bad breath, such as diabetes, peptic ulcer, kidney failure, and more. The reason could be because the chemical composition of your bloodstream changes or the bacteria levels in your body are altered.

Closing Word

There are multiple factors that can cause your breath to smell even after brushing your teeth, including smoking, underlying health conditions, GERD, dry mouth, cavities, and gum disease. Visit a dental expert to determine why you have an unpleasant odor on your breath and proceed with the right treatment.

Champions Dental has a team of dental experts ready to perform promising treatments that will give you a healthy smile. So, without waiting any longer, visit us at 13455 Cutten Rd. Suite 2g, Houston, Tx 77069. Or give us a call at (281) 866-0442.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 


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