How do you know if you have bad breath?
One of the old tried and true methods include cupping your hands over your mouth – blow and inhale. If it smells bad, then you have bad breath! Or how about licking the back of your hand, let it dry and then smell. The problem with both of these methods is that your nose becomes conditioned to your own smells, making it difficult to get a good indication of your own bad breath.
Another common method is blowing into someone else’s face. Don’t you just hate it when someone asks you that!
One possible source of bad breath (or halitosis) is the tongue. Layers of bacteria can get embedded on it, resulting in noxious odors or gases that smell like sulfur.
Many people who suffer from allergies can develop bad breath from post nasal drip because bacteria are attracted to the resulting mucus and phlegm.
Studies show that 80% of bad breath comes from an oral source. Gum disease and cavities can lead to bad breath, as can tonsils that have trapped food particles; cracked fillings, and less than clean dentures.
If you and your dentists can rule out all of the above, then you may need to look into possible internal medical conditions that can cause bad breath. Diabetes, liver disease, respiratory tract infections, and chronic bronchitis could be the problem. Acid reflux and even certain stomach conditions can cause chronic bad breath.
If you are really concerned that you may have a bad breath problem, the best place to find out is to ask your dentist at Alabama Family Dentist. Also, be sure to keep your regularly scheduled dental appointments every six months.