EXPERIENCING BAD BREATH? UNDERSTAND THE COMMON CAUSES
We all know the uncomfortable realization that you have bad breath. It is embarrassing and can lead to feeling self-conscious when close to others while having a conversation. No doubt, all of us will experience bad breath as the cause can come from everyday things such as certain foods or not drinking enough water.
HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE BAD BREATH
While we can sometimes taste that our breath is not so fresh, other times we are left wondering, “Do I have bad breath?” Here are some simple ways to tell if you have bad breath:
Smell Your Saliva – Simply lick your wrist or back of your hand, let the saliva dry and then take a whiff. If your saliva does not smell bad then your breath is likely fine!
Ask Someone – This is probably the easiest way to determine if you have bad breath, just ask! This can feel a bit uncomfortable, so make sure you ask a trusted person who will be honest with you.
WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH?
Now that you know how to tell if you have bad breath you might be wondering what causes it?
Improper Oral Hygiene – Proper brushing, flossing, and using a daily antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse can help to counteract bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Food and Drink – Certain food and drinks can be the culprit of bad breath, such as:
-Garlic and Onions
Dry Mouth – If you are experiencing a dry mouth contact your dentist for a further diagnosis.
Medications – Read the labels of any pharmaceuticals, if dry mouth is listed as a side effect this may be the culprit of bad breath.
Tobacco Products – Tobacco stinks! Therefore, tobacco products will cause bad breath.
These are simply some of the common causes of bad breath, however, bad breath can be a symptom of more serious conditions such as certain diseases and cancers. If you believe you are experiencing abnormal or chronic bad breath, contact us today: 612-379-2428