Why does my breath still stink after brushing?

Have you ever wondered why even after brushing your teeth, and doing everything right, your breath still stinks? Well, the answer might be simpler than you think. This article will outline some possible reasons as to why your breath is still causing people around you to run like they are being chased by a pack of wild dogs.

Oh No! Not Morning Breath Again!

We have all been there before – waking up with our mouths feeling like we licked the sidewalk after a hot summer day. You rush to brush but as soon as you exhale while thanking yourself for taking care of morning breath; it comes back stronger than Chuck Norris’ roundhouse kick.

Here’s what causes this phenomenon:

  1. While sleeping at night, saliva production slows down causing bacteria in our mouths to multiply;

  2. Poor oral hygiene leading up to bedtime could also contribute;

  3. Certain medications that cause dry mouth exacerbate bad morning breath – blame it on those pills instead of blaming yourself.

The solution: Ensure regular mouthwash or rubbing alcohol rinse before bed helps clear out bacteria allowing fresher mornings rolling forward.

That Stinky Coffee Love

I think coffee smells amazing no matter who says otherwise (this statement has nothing to do with science). Some of us love having coffee early in the morning while others prefer sipping through their afternoon work ahead rather than turning into Zombies midway through the week meeting targets and deadlines. However, if noticing an increase in one’s overall bad breath throughout the day starts becoming an issue then let’s take another look at that cuppa joe alongside 4-5 refills throughout the day questionably requested from self-initiated stresses thinking about all things needed doing within record time.

Here’s how coffee causes foul smelling socks aka bad breathe:

  • Coffee contains caffeine which slows saliva production thereby promoting unwanted bacterial growth.

  • The acidity level of coffee contributes to weakening the enamel leading to discoloration of teeth and bad breath.

The solution: Drinking water after consumption helps reduce acidity levels, thereby preventing bacterial growth. Consider swapping out for a caffeine-free tea every once in a while – Chamomile & Mint are great natural options that not only help with digestion but also promote microbes reduction across the board (you’re welcome).

So…It’s Not Just Coffee?

True, it’s easy to single out one particular food item when trying to understand why our breath smells like we’ve been living in underground sewers for days on end. But sometimes there might be other culprits too.

So here is why some foods stink:

  • Garlic and onions contain sulfuric compounds which are not easily absorbed by our bloodstream but rather released through the lungs causing unwarranted morning meetings about work etiquette.

  • Spicy Food seems innocent at first glance. However, this could cause heartburn leading up to acid reflux lending itself open for more bacteria production over time finally manifesting within an expressway down yonder — Yes! Within your mouth scoring high points across all tongues you might switch whilst communicating tilting others suspecting something foul within those sneaky crevices left behind as memories since previous brushings

  • Sugar-rich drinks – sugar feeds bacteria

The Solution: Well, drink loads of water and consider limiting meals comprising any heavy spices or odorous foods before meetings or going public until you can clear your throat with confidence again go ‘awper’ uncertain if someone behind is cherishing words barged with uncomfortable feelings about body odor emanating directly from prominent features winks

Dental Troubles

We cannot always solve everything; life has its way of throwing curveballs even when we’re ready thanks 2020`. Pay attention should braces be needed given they trigger an increase in traps for bacteria, therefore leading to bad breath. The same way we all lovingly rot our teeth out with sugar and coffee, dental issues such as gum disease or cavities can cause unwanted odor within the mouth.

Here’s what leads to foul breath owing to tooth decay:

  • Bacteria thrives in areas of oral decays, thereby producing nasty odors.

  • Gum Diseases are caused by poor hygiene related issues causing swollen gums which promotes bacterial growth.

The solution: Regular check-ups with a dentiste every six months help keep any potential damage or infections at bay. Brushing twice daily is crucial, supplement brushing amount encouraged post-meals when possible helps material-damage control before it festers into something more sinister — like an awards ’cause Mr Puff Dragon in your mouth ain’t no imaginary friend’.


We need water for everything; drinking (pun intended), shedding tears after learning there will be no more Kenyans competing on this year’s edition of “Masterchef Australia,” sweating during exercise sessions – basically staying alive depends on hydrating properly given our bodies do not produce water outside those times spent near indoor plants evenly spaced across enclaves that scare you because they blend so well…Water is imperative for effective digestion fighting against dry-mouth which causes halitosis (yes! Just another fancy word name-calling foul odors).

How being dehydrated triggers smelly-breath tendencies:

  • Dry Mouth is common when one suffers dehydration leading to bad smell emanating from the bushfire affected zone #ClimateChangeIsReal.

There’s only one solution: Drink loads of Water!


In summary, some everyday habits might trigger our bad breathe moments—lifestyle adjustments whenever these situations arise straightforward solutions than anticipated changes honed through nuclear experiments going rogue due faulty intuition culminating in immeasurable military taxes ‘towards’ a project never slated an end date while promoting space tourism towards the end goal…I digress let’s just say that consuming water as often, especially post-meals when possible leveraging regular dental visits do wonders in ridding bad breath from our lives.