It's obvious why you'd want to know how to tell if you have bad breath. Halitosis can be extremely embarassing, and at times it can even "blind side" you when you think your breath should be fresh but it's really not.
Many of us have heard of the ancient "cup your hands over your nose and mouth, then breathe and smell" trick. Guess what? It doesn't work. Our body is very good at filtering out our own smells. You could have the nastiest troll breath in the world and pass this "test."
So, what sort of tests DO work to tell if you have bad breath? Some of this might get a little graphic or nasty to the squeamish, so brace yourself -- I'll make it easy.
You may have also heard of some other slightly better but ultimately ineffective tests for your bad breath, such as licking the back of your wrist and sniffing your saliva. While those tests are a little bit more accurate, they're still not as objective as I'd like them to be.
The only way to know 100% for sure that you have bad breath is through a device called a "halimeter", which measures halitosis. Some dentists carry these at their offices for interested patients, but let's face it -- a trip to the dentist is probably a little bit major just to find out if you have bad breath or not, so let me tell you my easy approach.
If you want to know how to tell if you have bad breath, then it's best to think and work backwards.
Find out if you have the SYMPTOMS associated with bad breath! If you have the symptoms and the signs of bad breath, and you have them often, then you probably do indeed suffer from chronic bad breath to at least some degree.
So, what are some of the symptoms and signs associated with bad breath? Well, let's name a few.
>> Do you notice a persistent "sour" or "metallic" taste in your mouth, especially originating from the back of your tongue?
>> Is there a white or yellowish "coating" or "film" constantly on the back of your tongue, even if you scrape it away?
>> How do people seem to react to you? Is it possible that they are inching away or turning their head when you are speaking to them at a close distance?
>> Do you suffer from post nasal drip or dry mouth? These things aren't symptoms of bad breath, but they do lead to bad breath.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, then chances are that you do indeed have bad breath. If those symptoms persist even after proper oral care... then you probably suffer from chronic bad breath (like 20% or so of the population) and simple brushing and flossing is not enough for you.
And no, mouthwash is not the answer either. Mouthwash only "masks" bad breath, and wears off after five minutes. Furthermore, mouthwash dries out your mouth, making your breath even worse later.
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