Bad breath can ruin almost every moment. From your most awaited date to that interview for your dream job, it can disrupt the conversation and force someone in front of you to cut it and turn their heads.
The effects of bad breath can damage self-esteem. Knowing that the unpleasant scent of the air you exhale destructs people can affect your interactions.
Luckily there are ways to avoid bad breath. But you have to know what is causing it to find the right approach.
Bad breath commonly occurs when sulphur-producing bacteria on the surface of the tongue and in the throat become active. They release the odorous volatile sulphur compounds (VSC), which leads to the unwanted smell of your mouth, according to Better Health Channel, an Australian state-owned website.
People get a bad breath due to the food you eat, like onions and garlic, dental conditions, dry mouth and cigarette smoking. There are medical conditions that could also cause the unpleasant scent, such as chronic sinusitis and kidney failure.
The best ways to avoid bad breath include good oral hygiene and staying hydrated. Brushing your teeth, flossing, using mouthwash and gentle tongue cleaning should help avoid the bacteria build-up in your mouth.
Signs of bad breath
People commonly notice their bad breath when people react in front of them or someone has the courage to tell them. But there are changes that you could check by yourself to tell if you have it, such as:
- Dry mouth
- White coating on the tongue, commonly at the back of it
- Build up around teeth
- A burning tongue
- Thick saliva
- Constant sour, bitter metallic taste
How to check your breath
Yes, you can check if you have a bad breath by tasting it. Eating foods like garlic and tuna fish, having a dry mouth or being dehydrated causes thick, foamy saliva that causes a stale or yucky taste in your mouth, according to Colgate.
This is a common method to know if you are exhaling that unwanted smell from your mouth. For the sniff test, you have to lick your wrist, let it dry for a moment, then smell it.
Flossing and using a tongue-scraper can also help. After you floss between two teeth or taking some fluid on your tongue, smell the material you used to confirm your bad breath.
Call a friend
The best way is to find someone you trust. That person who will not judge you but love you for who you are and not the scent of your breath.
Simply ask that friend to evaluate the condition of your breath. Also, ask if there is a white coating on the back of your tongue, which may indicate formation of odorous bacteria.
Source: Medical Daily