Let’s face it, it’s a rare person who doesn’t often wonder, “Do I have bad breath?” Folks who worry about bad breath - mostly adults, teenagers and college students, do a few things to check out or handle, potential bad breath. Some normal, some, well – you decide.
You’ve probably asked someone you’re close to, “Will you smell my breath and tell me if it’s bad?” Or you wake up in the morning with an awful taste in your mouth, creep out of bed, and sneak into the bathroom to brush your teeth before your spouse or partner wakes up. Or you lean over to kiss your child and they’re a real comedian, scrunching up their face and waving their hand in front of their nose, saying, “Ew!” And how about teenagers who lick the back of their hand, and then take a whiff? Now that’s scientific.
It all comes down to one, basic, universal concern. Do I have bad breath?
There are many reasons that can cause bad breath: food such as garlic and onions, tobacco products, poor dental hygiene, a sinus infection, periodontal or gum disease, oral surgery, tooth decay, missing teeth, dry mouth, medications, chronic inflammation of the nose, postnasal drip, sleep apnea, metabolic disorders, reflux, unclean dentures, residue on the tongue, trapped food particles, spices and more. Geez! It’s a wonder that just about everyone isn’t wandering with stinky breath!
What are my recommendations towards having sweeter breath? Start with regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months, brush teeth twice daily, make sure to floss, and use a tongue scrapper.
In addition to my tips, The Mayo Clinic and WebMD share some GOOD BREATH TIPS (as well as encourage some common sense) that can help eliminate, decrease or control bad breath.
Here’s to your happy mouth and sweet breath!