So we have to talk about this… Yup, halitosis; the bane of all spoken conversations. We have all been in a situation where a friend has bad breath and because of the fact that he/she is a friend you spare their feelings and decide to not tell them that their mouths smell like a garbage disposal. So you have to suffer in silence till he/she decides to stop speaking or you pick your phone and decide to answer that important phone call from your mum just to end the conversation (torment). Most people don’t know why they have bad breath.. Here are some probable causes
- Food particles from stinky foods like garlic and onions
- Respiratory Infections
- Acid Reflux
- Poor Oral Hygiene
So we intend on helping you send across the ‘your breath stinks… here’s how to fix it’ message that is, for those that don’t know they know they have bad breath although I doubt you wouldn’t know that. Anyways let’s assume most people don’t know so here’s how you find out whether or not you’re having a bad breath day.
Ask a friend – As shameful as this may sound it’s actually a sure fire way of finding out if you have bad breath or not. An actual friend shouldn’t have any problem with that although it’s advised to use this method when you’re with a really close friend that way it wouldn’t seem so awkward.
The Sniff Test - If you're looking for a quicker indication of how your breath smells, another option is the sniff test. Easiest ways to do this is to lick your wrist and let it dry for a moment, and then take a whiff. You can also floss between two teeth toward the back of your mouth and smell the floss, or use a tongue-scraper to gently scrape the tongue, and then smell the scraper.
Taste - There are instances when you can actually taste the breath you're omitting. In these cases, the problem is usually caused by something potent you ate, such as garlic, groundnut or fish, or by a condition such as dry mouth or dehydration – the signs of which include thick, foamy saliva and a change in taste. If you have a stale or yucky taste in your mouth, there's a good chance it is reflected in the way your breath smells, too. Hence me saying earlier ‘you probably know when your breath is bad’.
At this point youre probably just looking for solutions to bad breath, some are quite pissed as they’ve tried the obvious solution which is brushing our teeth to no avail. So here are the few things you need to do to remedy your situation
Proper Brushing Technique
Yeah we know, you’re a grownup and you know how to brush your teeth but do you really?. We already know brushing your teeth whisks away odours but we need to brush twice a day; in the morning to prepare you for a new day and at night to brush off all that we have eaten throughout the day. This was actually stated by the National Dental Association. Also while brushing, take extra time to brush your tongue as it is where bad bacteria tend to linger the most after you’re done brushing the teeth and gum line.
See a Dentist twice a year
A really large percentage of people don’t do this as they believe it lacks importance and doesn’t take precedence while in reality it’s of utmost importance to see a dentist regularly. Regular visits to the dentist aid in knowing the state of your mouth, most people believe if they brush their teeth it’s all good not knowing their current toothbrush might be causing internal damages or they have sensitive teeth and their current toothpaste is too acidic. All these can only be found out by seeing a dentist.
Replace Your Toothbrush
If you wait for your semiannual dental checkup to replace your toothbrush with a freebie from the dentist, think again. To keep your breath fresh, use clean oral hygiene tools. When your toothbrush becomes frayed, it's time for a new one. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months not when your bristles are doing the splits.
Regularly Clean Dental Appliances
Just because you wear false teeth or a retainer doesn’t mean you should ignore proper oral hygiene. Dentures and partials require daily cleaning, just as natural teeth. Remove the dental appliances from your mouth to brush them to remove all food particles and plaque which can create bad breath.
Choose Foods Carefully
Naturally certain types of food smell terrible. Seasonings, such as garlic or vinegar, can linger well past mealtime, so eat them sparingly. Also its advised to stay away from sugary or sticky food like taffy as they tend to stay longer on the teeth and are hard to remove.
So follow these few steps and you would definitely have longer conversations and you probably won’t get curved by the person you’re trying to talk to (emphasis on ‘probably’) or if you know a friend that has zombie breath… just send them this link rather than leaving them alone to forever walk the earth with incomplete conversations.