Bad breath, medically known as halitosis has a significant impact both personally and socially on those who suffer from it. Often, the person who suffers from it doesn’t realize he has bad breath until someone tells him so. The experts at Ridgetop Dental International-the centre for family dental care in Bangalore share some ways to detect bad breath on time and treat it before it becomes a big problem.
Easy ways to detect bad breath
Wrist Test: You can tell whether your breath is stale by licking the inside of the wrist, leaving this to dry for a minute and sniffing. The inner wrist is not constantly handling things so it can give you a true reading of your breath.
Cotton Test: Take a piece of cotton gauge. Use some to wipe the back of the tongue and sniff it. If it smells, then your breath smells. You may also see a yellow colored stain which is an indicator of higher than normal production of sulfide.
Mirror Test: Stick out your tongue. Do this in front of mirror, bringing out your tongue as far as possible. If there is a white colored film on your tongue, you may have bad breath because of bacteria that lingers on this bio-film layer.
Halimeter Test: The best way to test your breath is to have it checked at the dentist’s office where it is tested with a halimeter. Ridgetop Dental International’s dental clinic in Bangalore has the latest instruments to detect dental problems in initial stages itself.
How to treat bad breath at home?
Here are some easy ways to get rid of bad breath at home:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Brush after every meal.
- Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months.
- Chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. They are natural bad breath fighters.
- Scrape your tongue each morning with a tongue scraper.
- Flossing twice a day is very important.
Apart from the treatment methods listed above, it is important to arrange regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Sometimes, bad breath may be an indication of a serious underlying dental problem which can be detected only by an expert and can be treated on time.