A Dentist’s Tips: How to Tell If You Have Bad Breath and What to Do About It

Having bad breath is not only embarrassing, but it can also be a sign that something more serious is wrong with your oral health. If you are concerned that you might have bad breath, there are a few things you can do to find out for sure and get started on remedying the situation. Our Simply Wellness dentists – Dr. Sharma and Dr. Zadeh, weigh in on how to tell if you have bad breath, as well as some tips on how to fix the problem. 


Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a number of different things. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene, which can lead to a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria produces foul-smelling compounds that cause bad breath. Other causes of bad breath include certain foods and drinks (such as garlic or coffee), tobacco use, dry mouth, and certain medical conditions (such as sinus infections or GERD).


There are a few ways to tell if you have bad breath. First, take a close look at your toothbrush. If it is covered in a thick layer of plaque, this is likely contributing to your bad breath. Another way to tell is simply by smelling your own breath. If you notice that your breath has an unpleasant odour, this is a good indication that you have bad breath. You can also ask a close friend or family member if they notice anything different about your breath.


If you think you might have bad breath, there are a few things you can do to improve the situation. First and foremost, practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. This will help to remove the bacteria that cause bad breath. You can also use a tongue scraper to get rid of bacteria on your tongue. In addition, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will help to keep your mouth moist and prevent bad breath caused by dry mouth. Finally, avoid foods and drinks that can cause bad breath, such as garlic or coffee. If you smoke tobacco, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your breath (and your overall health).


If you have bad breath that does not go away with good oral hygiene, it could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. In this case, it is best to visit us at Simply Wellness Dental to get to the bottom of the problem. We will be able to determine the best course of treatment for your bad breath. Our focus for patients starts with professional cleanings and prevention. Book an appointment for any of your oral health concerns!