Bad Breath and Wisdom Teeth – Is There a Connection?

Bad Breath and Wisdom Teeth – Is There a Connection?
Published on, 12 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Archunan and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I discovered that my wisdom tooth is growing on the right side of my jaw, but it's not fully grown yet. It often emits a bad smell, causing bad breath. I don't experience any pain or discomfort, but I'm concerned about talking closely to people due to this issue. Can you provide me with some advice on how to manage this?


Answered by Dr. Archunan


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Oral Hygiene:

1. Brush your teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste to prevent plaque buildup, which can contribute to bad breath.

2. Floss daily to remove food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline.


Chlorhexidine Mouthwash:

1. Use a chlorhexidine mouthwash after every meal to help reduce bacteria in the mouth and control bad breath.

2. Follow the instructions on the mouthwash bottle for proper use.


Dietary Habits:

1. Avoid foods that can contribute to bad breath, such as garlic, onions, and certain spices.

2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help keep your mouth moist and wash away food particles.


Dental Check-Up:

1. Schedule a dental check-up to assess the growth of your wisdom tooth and its impact on your oral health.

2. A dentist can evaluate the need for further treatment, such as extraction if the tooth is causing issues.




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