Top 5 Signs You Have Bad Breath
Worried whether or not your breath might be a bit…well…smelly? Watch for these common red flags:
The Jump Back: When you got to work today, did your co-workers back off three feet when you started talking? Perhaps the more subtle ones simply frowned and looked at you in disgust while you told them about your weekend.
“Are you sure you don’t want a piece of gum?”: Every time you meet with your boss, she offers you gum. Multiple times. With a look of despair as you continue to talk in her face.
Mysterious mints: Brand new packages of mints, gum, breath strips, and disposable oral hygiene products turn up at your desk, in your purse, tucked under your windshield wipers, and under your pillow.
Kissing Conundrum: Your spouse comes up with all kinds of excuses to avoid a goodnight kiss. So does your two-year old. And the dog.
Nasal drainage: It’s not just seasonal allergies and sniffling. The drainage at the back of your throat can leave a funky odor behind.
What’s the Root Cause?
Bad breath is typically caused by bacteria living in your mouth, specifically on your tongue. Regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene can help control halitosis by regularly removing the plaque and bacteria from your mouth.
Sometimes, however, a stinky mouth can be the sign of other medical problems: sinusitis, reflux, kidney and liver diseases, and diabetes can all affect how your breath smells.
There’s no good way to smell your breath, but you can sniff your saliva, which may give you an idea of what your breath smells like. You can either lick your wrist, let it dry for 10 seconds, and take a whiff, or rub a cotton swab over the back of your tongue and sniff it. Neither are fool-proof methods, but they may help you determine if your breath stinks in the privacy of your own home.
You shouldn’t feel embarrassed about asking a dental professional for help. Our Nashville area dentists can help you overcome your halitosis by pinpointing the cause. Make your appointment today, and have fresh, clean breath by Valentine’s Day!