Bad breath or halitosis is an embarrassing condition that can really impact your social and professional life. Unfortunately, the person who has it is often not aware of it. In fact, many of those who have bad breath found out about it from other people.
How to Check for Bad Breath
If you are brave enough, you can ask a loved one or a close friend if you have bad breath. They would know. But if you’re mortified to ask or they are too polite to tell you the truth, then the next thing to do is watch their body language when they speak to you. If they turn away or distance themselves from you, it could mean that your breath doesn’t smell good. Another trick is to exhale with your palm close to your mouth and then smell it. Or if you notice a stale taste in your mouth then chances are, your breath isn’t minty fresh.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Many of our patients who come to our office here in Rancho Cucamonga, CA ask us why they have bad breath. Bad breath when you wake up in the morning is normal but if you have bad breath all day long, then it may be due to any of the following:
- Poor oral hygiene – This is the most common cause. Bacterial build-up on your teeth as well as in between teeth and gums produce unpleasant-smelling odors. If you don’t floss and brush your teeth regularly, then you will eventually have bad breath.
- Food and drinks – Consuming garlic, onions and other spices that have strong flavors can cause your breath to smell bad. The same is true when you drink coffee and alcohol.
- Dieting – Low carb diets and fasting can also lead to bad breath. When you go on a crash diet, your body will break down fat causing the production of ketones which have a nasty smell.
- Medications – Some drugs cause bad breath. These include tranquilizers, chemotherapy medications and others.
- Medical conditions – GERD, dry mouth, diabetes, tonsillitis and sinusitis are just some of the conditions that can trigger halitosis.
If you have bad breath, seek treatment as soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment with our dentist here in Lifetime Dental. We are located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and you can reach us by phone at (909) 483-0812.