Bad breath hounding you? Could it be halitosis or just something you ate? Watch this video to find out more.
Halitosis (bad breath) is a term used to describe noticeably unpleasant odours exhaled in breathing. Halitosis is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, after tooth decay and periodontal disease or gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).
Sometimes figuring out the cause of bad breath could be tricky, don’t despair there are simple methods to find out. Here is how:
According to scientists smelling one’s own breath is not a good enough method to detect foul breath. This is because most people get ‘acclimatized’ to their own bad breath but can successfully identify it in others. Some useful self diagnosis methods involves asking some one close to tell you if you are suffering from bad breath. Another method is to lick the back of your wrist and smell the saliva. Although these methods may cause you to ‘overestimate’ the severity of your trouble, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Also read: Dental hygiene basics
Video source: Health Guru
First Published: Aug 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM