How horrible is your halitosis? If you don’t have a friend to tell you the truth, there are a couple of ways you can test your bad breath.
- Cup your hands. Breathe into them with a great, deep, haaaaa. Sniff. If it smells rank to you, then it’s deadly to those you come in contact with.
- Floss. Not to clean your teeth, although that’s a great idea, but to find out just how bad your breath might be, pull the floss gently between your teeth and then sniff some of the gunk you unearth. If it smells bad, you smell bad.
- Using a Toothpick. Using a toothpick between your teeth (and to scrape a little film off your tongue) is a better way to check for bad breath, but it’s not flawless. It’s quick and easy, if you’re on the go.
- Licking Your Wrist. Another common way to check for bad breath is to lick your wrist, let it dry for a minute, and then smell it.
- Unfortunately, this method is also not perfect. You are not able to get a sample of VSC (volatile sulfuric compounds) from the back of your mouth – where bad breath originates. Plus, it leaves your wrist sticky and smelly. Using a toothpick is just as reliable – and less messy as this method.
- Swabbing Your cheeks. A reliable way to check your breath is to use cotton or gauze to swab the back of your tongue and inside your cheeks. Then, smell it.
If all these leads to having a really bad smell then I suggest to try these steps to get rid of bad breath.
Bad Breath May Mean Major Trouble Too
Persistent bad breath doesn’t mean you eat too man onions. Bad breath is a sign of major gum disease.
It can also be gases and odors coming up from gastrointestinal problems. If your halitosis hangs on more than 24 hours without an obvious cause, see your dentist or doctor.
Some diseases that can also cause bad breath include cancer, tuberculosis, syphilis, dehydration, and zinc deficiency. Some drugs, including penicillamine and lithium, can cause bad breath, too.