Bad breath affects everyone at some point or another, but how do you know you’ve got it? And how do you get rid of it? We have the answers.

The moment I start worrying about having bad breath, my whole composure changes. I’m never sure if others can smell it, if they’re judging me, and what I can do to make it better. Over time, I’ve learnt to always carry breath mints and chewing gum with me. But my fear of bad breath has never really gone away.

So, what causes bad breath?

Bad breath is a build-up of bacteria in the mouth, and this can be caused by many different things. One of the biggest misconceptions is that bad breath is the result of someone not brushing their teeth, but that’s wrong. Bad breath can be present even when someone’s teeth are immaculate.

Nevertheless, cavities and loose teeth fittings can still cause bad breath and, if you feel that you do suffer from bad breath, then a dentist is one of the first people you should go to. It’s also important to remember that diabetes, liver disease and acid reflux can all cause bad breath, so a doctor should also be consulted. (Read further here).

How Do I Know If I Have Bad Breath?

One of the easiest ways to find out is by asking a trusted friend. Unfortunately, we are so used to our own breath that we can’t always tell if we have bad breath of not. Another way to find out is by smelling your dental floss after use.

How Do I Make My Breath Fresh Again?

Some people wake up with bad breath and brushing their teeth is enough to get rid of it. Others have chronic bad breath and this may require medication. Yet even those who don’t have chronic bad breath can get it from eating certain foods, and this can usually be made better through brushing your teeth and chewing gum.

Do you know of any other ways to fight bad breath?