I Have Good Oral Hygiene, But Why Does My Breath Stink?

You’ve been told this all your life: brush your teeth every day to keep your teeth healthy and your smile happy. So it can be quite frustrating to know that given all your efforts at home, you are still not fully protected from potential dental issues.

For instance, you may be dealing with bad breath despite daily brushing, flossing, mouth wash, and other dental health products. What gives?

Well, bad breath can be caused by many different factors, and in some cases, it might be a symptom of an underlying dental health condition. 

Reasons For Bad Breath

Your bad breath can be a result of several different factors:

  • Gum disease, periodontitis 
  • An underlying infection
  • Your dietary choice
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking
  • Tongue coating
  • Certain medications or medical conditions, etc.

How Do I Get Rid Of Bad Breath Even After Brushing?

Because these factors are so varied, it can be difficult to fully determine the exact cause at home.

For instance, if your bad breath is caused by eating certain foods (such as garlic), the odor can persist even after brushing, but it will go away after the digestive process is done. If you notice your tongue is coating in a white film, this is actually an accumulation of bacteria, and if you do not brush your tongue the smell will not go away even if you brush your teeth multiple times a day.

For dental health and other medical issues, the trip to the dentist might be in order to effectively get rid of your bad breath.

How To Fix Bad Breath

The best thing you can do for persistent bad breath is to see a dentist for a consultation. During your appointment, the dentist will inspect your oral health and determine the root cause of your problem, which will help them establish the most optimal course of action in your case.

The procedures can vary tremendously:

  • Professional dental cleaning
  • Treating cavities or infected teeth
  • Gum disease treatment, etc.

Additionally, even with a solid at-home oral hygiene routine, you should still be seeing a dentist for routine check-ups. In most cases, it’s virtually impossible to remove all bacteria and food debris from your mouth and teeth even with modern tools. Professional cleanings allow the dentist to remove such particles even from the difficult-to-reach regions in your mouth and protect your oral health-long term. 

How Charles Kim Dentistry and Orthodontics Can Help

We understand that you may feel frustrated to see that even with all your efforts, the bad breath will simply not go away. Charles Kim Dentistry and Orthodontics is here to help you identify the root cause of this issue and provide the proper treatment to get your oral health back on track.

Please book a consultation with Dr. Charles Kim online, or call us at (562) 943-3794 for more information about our services.

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