Q. Even though I maintain my oral hygiene, I have bad breath. What is the reason behind it?

Answered by
Dr. Asma Parveen
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 02, 2018

Hi doctor,

I have removed all the four wisdom tooth before nine years. I had a safe and successful operation. After removing my wisdom tooth, I started to have bad breath. Before the removal of wisdom tooth, I do not have this problem. Currently, I floss daily, and I brush my teeth twice a day. I am using mouthwash twice a day, and I also do salt water gargling after taking foods. Nothing helps me. What could the problem behind it? Please help.



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You are maintaining your oral hygiene well. Having bad breath after extraction or surgery is quite common due to an open socket. But it generally disappears after a few days. There are other possibilities also. The first cause can be periodontitis. It is the inflammation of the periodontal ligament or the structure supporting the gums.

Bad breath can also occur due to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) because of chronic acidity. Infections in tonsils or other areas of the throat can also cause bad breath. Food impaction around the teeth also causes bad breath. You can consult a dentist for a checkup and try to rule out periodontitis. Try to see the presence of calculus and do scaling. After ruling out periodontitis, you can see a physician for other health-related problems.

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