How to Tell If You Have Bad Breath

Having bad breath can be very frustrating. The worst part about it is you probably won’t even know if you have it unless someone points it out, which can be very embarrassing. If you are lucky, someone will tell you in private. But that is not always the case.

Many times, people won’t tell you if your breath is bad because they want to be polite. This is why it is important to know beforehand whether or not your breath is bad. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to test your breath on your own.

Method #1 – Smell Your Saliva

This sounds gross, but it is a simple, quick way to test your breath without letting anyone else know of your concern. All you have to do is lick the inside of your wrist, wait a moment for it to dry and sniff.

If you don’t feel comfortable licking your wrist, you can also use floss. Just floss between two teeth toward the back of your mouth and smell the floss.

Method #2 – Breath Test

If you are still concerned about your breath or are looking for more confirmation, try smelling your own breath.

You can do this a couple of different ways.

One way you can do this is by covering your mouth and nose with your hands and breathing out. Make sure you cup your hands to prevent any air from getting out. If it smells normal, your breath should be fine.

Another way you can do this is by breathing into a cup or container that is covering your mouth and nose. This will prevent any air from escaping, especially if the cup is tightly sealed.

Method #3 – Ask Someone

It is actually not that big of a deal to ask someone about your breath. Especially if that person is a good friend or a family member.

This is also going to be more accurate than assessing your own breath.

Keep it casual. Just say “Hey, does my breath smell bad?” More often than not, he/she will be willing to check.

What to Do

Keep some gum or mints on you. That way, if you try one of these techniques and your breath smells rancid, you will be prepared.

If your issue isn’t going away, speak with your dentist about the problem. Only he/she knows what is truly going on in your mouth.

If you have any tips on dealing with bad breath, let me know in the comments!

Sources: Wiki How, Colgate


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