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Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

My Breath Smells Bad Even After I Just Brushed, Why?

Bad breath can be embarrassing, but chronic halitosis may be an indicator of a more serious condition. Bad breath is a common symptom of a range of different oral and systemic health concerns. If a thorough brushing and flossing do not irradicate your bad breath, contact Dr. David Weinstock for an oral health checkup.

Can It Be Something More Than Simply Bad Breath?

There are two types of bad breath: transitory bad breath and chronic halitosis. Transitory bad breath is caused by foods like garlic and onions, and generally only lasts from 1 to 3 days.
An estimated forty million Americans, however, suffer from chronic halitosis, or bad breath. Because our sense of smell has an incredible ability to adjust to odors, many people with halitosis aren’t even aware of their problem breath.

About 10 percent of the time, chronic bad breath is actually caused by underlying medical conditions like diabetes, sinusitis or emphysema. Dr. Weinstock can help your rule out oral health concerns as the cause of your halitosis. If your halitosis is caused by a medical condition, Dr. Weinstock may recommend you visit your general physician for further care.

Chronic halitosis may also be a sign of tooth decay or even gum disease.

What Is Causing My Bad Breath?

The pungent, “rotten egg” odor of chronic bad breath usually results when bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue cause the formation of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). Most over-the-counter mouthwashes will effectively mask these compounds for only a few hours, at best.

What Can I Do To Prevent Bad Breath?

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene.
  • See Your Dentist Regularly
  • Stop Smoking and Chewing Tobacco Base Products
  • Drink Lots Of Water
  • Keep a log of the foods that you eat so your dentist can review.

Schedule A Consultation

Ask how we can help you attain the fresh, clean breath you want and deserve. Contact our Philadelphia dentist office to learn more about treatment for chronic halitosis. You may also schedule your consultation online. At the office of Dr. David J. Weinstock, we offer complete dental services so that you can get the care you need to achieve a smile that is as healthy as it is beautiful. Dr. Weinstock’s broad education, advanced training, and extensive experience ensure that all of our patients receive the comprehensive dental care they need.