Bad breath, also called halitosis, is an embarrassing condition that can make you want to never open your mouth. Here are some ways you can deal with it.
Your question:I have bad breath -- and have had it for years. I'm too embarrassed to see my dentist about it. Can I take care of it at home?
The answer:The causes of bad breath are numerous; what's important to note is that bad breath can be an indication of serious health issues such as diabetes and liver problems, or infected gums or teeth. While embarrassing, it's important to have your dentist evaluate why you have bad breath.
One quick way to help eliminate bad breath is to brush your tongue in the back center with a toothbrush. The papilla that naturally occur on your tongue are longer in that location and can store bacteria which smells. Brushing that area helps remove the bacteria.
Using over the counter mouthwashes can also help, but they cause bacteria to die and dead bacteria can smell even more. You can also try mouth rinses that work on volatile sulfur compounds that cause halitosis.
The opinions expressed in this article are of the author and the author alone. They do not reflect the opinions of SheKnows, LLC or any of its affiliates and they have not been reviewed by an expert in a related field or any member of the SheKnows editorial staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on the Site are not a substitute for professional advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on SheKnows. SheKnows does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.