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My Floss Smells Bad Even After Brushing. What Can the Reason Be?


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Wilson Dentisty
Blue tooth brush with paste, floss, and mouth wash.Our teeth should be taken care of with a set of dental hygienic rules followed, like we do for the rest of our body. Most of us do fine with the rule of toothbrushing two times a day, but there is an occasional problem: the smell of floss after using it. Here are some possible explanations if you have ever wondered why your floss smells terrible even after thoroughly brushing.

Food Particles and Bacteria


The most common cause of bad-smelling floss is trapped food particles and bacteria between the teeth. The brush alone cannot eliminate all the food debris between the teeth, especially in their narrow spacing. If this debris decays, it produces a bad smell. Flossing will, therefore, remove these food particles, and the floss smell is a sign of this decaying process.

Plaque Buildup


Since most people do not include flossing in their daily dental schedule, plaque builds up between their teeth. Such an accumulation of plaque allows bacteria to grow and give off odors inside the mouth. Flossing helps to avoid the accumulation of plaque and further reduces the number of bacteria responsible for these odors.

Gum Disease


A bad floss smell may indicate an underlying problem in the gums, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. These diseases originate from plaque buildup lying under the gum line, leading to inflamed and infected gums. You should see a dentist if your gums are bleeding while flossing or brushing your teeth.

Dry Mouth


Saliva in the mouth helps to naturally clean teeth and reduce odor since it neutralizes the acids that some bacteria produce. A dry mouth could increase the number of harmful bacteria and cause bad breath. Make sure you keep yourself adequately hydrated throughout the day.

If you are experiencing persistent foul odors from flossing yet maintaining your best oral hygiene standards, it is time to see your dentist. They can help identify any underlying issues and provide appropriate treatments.

Your bad breath issues do not need to be an inevitable part of your life. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get back on track with your dental health. Your smile deserves the best care!

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