For most people, the occasional bad breath is natural first thing in the morning or after eating strong foods like garlic or onions. However, for others, bad breath is more common and not easily cured with gum or mints.
In these cases, bad breath can mean something more serious or require a visit to the dentist. Keep reading to learn more.
The breath check
Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem. If you are unsure if you have bad breath, an easy way to tell is licking the inside of your wrist and smelling it. You an also cover your nose and mouth and breathe into your hands and sniff. Or even ask someone you trust!
Breath odor can vary depending on the underlying cause.
Sometimes, curing bad breath is as easy as deciphering what is causing it.
It goes without saying that smoking leads to bad breath (and a litany of other health issues). Additionally, pungent foods can cause breath to have a strong odor. As can poor oral health habits like not brushing your teeth enough, not flossing and not visiting the dentist.
And chronic bad breath, known as halitosis, can cause the scent of foods to linger long after you eat them. Further, dry mouth can cause your breath to be bad. In other cases, bad breath can be a sign of a cavity or even a health issue like liver or kidney disease, sinus infection, gastrointestinal issues, acid reflux or diabetes.
It is key for everyone, even if you only get occasional bad breath, to maintain exceptional oral health habits.
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every day, along with seeing your dentist for your bi-annual cleaning and exam can go a long way in ensuring a healthy and fresh mouth. A tongue scraper can also clean bacteria off the tongue and mouthwash can kill bacteria at the source. Drinking lots of water and chewing sugar-free gum, along with eating proper amounts of fruits and vegetables can also help you maintain your freshest mouth.
If you feel bad breath is a sign of a more serious issue, you should visit your dentist or doctor right away.
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