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Are you worried if your breath smells and want to check it quickly? There are different ways to do it. The quickest way is to ask someone you know but that could put you in a really awkward spot. The easiest and fastest way is the sniff test where you lick your wrist, let it dry, and take a whiff!

What is Halitosis?

Halitosis, also known as chronic bad breath, is a condition that generally results from poor dental hygiene. Recently consuming food like garlic, onions, fish, or any food with a strong smell oftentimes give you stinky breath. But when that bad breath doesn't go away from mouthwash, brushing your teeth, or mints, it could mean that you have an oral health issue(most common) or something else may be occurring in your body. Halitosis can be a symptom of gum (periodontal) disease, gastric reflux, diabetes, tobacco, dry mouth, issues in your kidney and liver, nose, mouth, and throat infections. These are only some of the many different conditions, therefore finding the underlying cause of your bad breath is the first step in treating the problem.

How do I prevent halitosis through proper oral hygiene?

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes for twice a day

  • Floss at least once a day (recommended before going to sleep)

  • Clean your tongue with a brush or tongue scraper

  • Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash

  • Drink lots of water

  • Visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings

  • Avoid food/drinks that can dry your mouth(alcohol, tobacco, caffeine)

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD

(626) 800-8022


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