How to Tell if I Have Bad Breath

by katiem2

Ever wonder if you have the same dragon breath your friend seems to unknowingly have? Everyone gets bad breath learn how to know when you have bad breath.

Imagine all the times your other wise fresh breath co-worker, friend or family member has practically knocked you down with the fiery breath of a thousand dragons! The imagery of the fiery breath exploding from ones mouth is a good comparison as to the offense. Others often have bad breath so bad you wonder how they muster the courage to open their mouth much less ramble on intensely as if nothings the matter.

Avoid Embarrassing Bad Breath

Did you know people, you or anyone with bad breath can't tell they have bad breath?

This is why those you tell often act shocked, it's not so much that you've told them its that they can't tell, they can't smell it.

Let's face it, we all get bad breath. It really is a situation we can learn to monitor easily.

This eliminates the embarrassment of having the same knock down bad breath you've experienced from others and yes your breath is often that bad as well.

The book to your right is a great resource serving as a reminder keeping your breath fresh and free of embarrassing odor. 

Test Yourself for Bad Breath

We honestly can not tell if we have bad breath unless we put a little effort into checking for bad breath.

Its impossible to tell if you have bad breath by merely breathing into your cupped hands. You can not smell your own breath this way due to the manner in which you breath when you talk verses the way you breath out to do a breath check.

Anytime you talk you expel odors from the back of your mouth, the area from which the bad odor originates. As you talk you slowly breath and the odor is lingering. A quick puff of breath out

does not do the same thing you therefore don't note the odor from the quick blast of air you expel.

Plus as the bacteria in our mouths multiply we grow accustomed to the changing smell and therefore don't notice it as offensive.

So the next time a friend or family member mentions you have bad breath, politely apologize and thank them for telling you. 

How To Check For Bad Breath

There is a very dependable way to check for bad breath.

One is a little unique and one you've no doubt heard of but both work without doubt. The first is to simply ask someone if you have bad breath. You will need to have a face mask to do this next check. They are cheap and easy to keep on hand. You will see what I'm referring to as the products are available to the left. 

Places to Keep Face Mask

  1. In the glove box of your car
  2. In your desk drawer
  3. In your locker at work or school
  4. In you purse
  5. Be creative to your surroundings

Simply place the mask over your face, I prefer the respirator type, breathe normally for a few minutes allowing your breath to circulate and you will notice the actual way your breath smells.

Who Gets Bad Breath

While some get bad breath more than others everyone gets bad breath from time to time.

We all know the many causes of bad breath; spicy foods, alcohol, smoking, garlic, coffee with a combination of any on this list creating really bad dragon breath.  The basic prevention is to brush, floss and rinse on a regular basis.  Anytime you partake in one of the contributors of bad breath follow with brushing, flossing and rinsing.  Bits of offending foods get trapped in the spaces of your teeth creating an even more powerful stench as the day wears on.  The least you can do, if you can't brush, is to chew gum to free those offending food pieces.  If you smoke after eating anything it creates an offensive odor more so than just eating alone.  Alcohol works in the same manner. The best defense is to practice proactive maintenance daily as we all do and eat things that create bad breath.

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Prevent Bad Breath

The best way to prevent bad breath is by maintaining a brushing, flossing and rinsing routine several times a day.

Bacteria builds up in our mouths naturally, add offending foods, drinks and smoking to this and the pungent odors become intense. The natural bacteria in our mouth forms a film as if a small sponge is covering the mouth, tongue and teeth. This sponge like coating readily absorbs the odors of foods, coffee, alcohol, soda, and smoking creating a more intense bad breath. If you maintain a clean mouth the odors are less likely to hang around.



The truth of the matter is most people brush their teeth far to quickly, approximately 30 seconds. This is not enough time to clean the entire mouth. As we learned in kindergarten we should brush for at least two minutes anything less just doesn't cut it.

Plus we should all brush our tongue as well, this is a breeding ground for bacteria. Flossing is vital as it gets those stuck particles from between your teeth causing bad breath. Rinsing is an added bonus.

Brushing more than once or twice a day is also a must. Be certain to brush, floss and rinse especially well at bedtime to rid the mouth of the days bacteria and morning to eliminate bacteria that grow over night.


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The Worst Breath Ever

There are combinations of offenders that really pack the drop dead worst bad breath punch of all.

Those are a combination of normal daily bacteria layered with a late day drink containing alcohol and smoking.  There is no way your coming up from that without having bad breath. Smokers get accustomed to their bad breath and don't notice it more so than non smokers. 

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Daily Prevention for Bad Breath

A few simple tips to preventing bad breath are simple habits you can easily add to make sure you don't have bad breath.

The worst offender causing the most intense of bad breath is cigars.  There is nothing worse than cigars added to the late day drink.  Look out if your a cigar smoker and have a plan of action.

Note; Chewing gum works better to rid that bad breath than does mints as gum actually lifts food from your teeth.  The best method of using gum to help control late day bad breath is to chew after lunch.  The key is to chew the gum moving it around your mouth to target all of your teeth.  After you've done this throw this gum out and add fresh gum to further the cleaning process.  You do this as you don't want to continue chewing the gum that contained the bits of food picked up from those in between places of your teeth.  The second round of gum is like the mopping after the first round did the sweeping.

Final Thoughts - Every living breathing human being gets bad breath and yet due to this fact it is not acceptable to shrug it off. Its a common courtesy to address the issue of oral hygiene doing what is necessary to prevent and or correct bad breath.  

Breath Free, Katie

Updated: 05/23/2013, katiem2
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Share your stories about people with bad breath who seems to be unaware they have bad breath.

katiem2 on 05/23/2013

Mike, Bad breath can sneak up on any one of us at any given time.

teddletonmr on 05/23/2013

I had no idea it was so easy to know without a doubt if I had bad breath or not, this is something we could all use and should incorporate it into our routine.

katiem2 on 10/04/2012

Jerrico, Great facts and helpful contributions to the delima of bad breath. Thanks :)

Jerrico_Usher on 10/02/2012

tongue scrapers are at the dollar stores, get a big pack :) this is a must have, one good scrape with one and you'll understand why your breath can be bad EVEN after you've brushed your teeth!

I recently discovered a toothpaste that rebuilds enamel using NovaMin (dr. collins restore), this molecule is also an amazing antibacterial agent, it literally penetrates the teeth through tiny tubules (your teeth are made of many of these) and kills anything in there down to the pulp of your tooth.

Jerrico_Usher on 10/02/2012

I was blown away at the mask thing. I heard reccently that to test how your breath really smells, you simply lick your arm (a nice wet lick) then you wave your arm around a bit to dry it out a bit then smell it- this is a pretty good way to do it. The mask, however, less portable than licking your arm haha, is an amazingly simple concept that will work great. You can also use other things to mimic a mask i.e. breathe into a plastic bag for a few seconds... great article!

katiem2 on 03/06/2012

Brenda, very good point thanks for sharing!

BrendaReeves on 03/06/2012

We also have little pockets in the back of our mouth that traps food. Getting that out is a little tricky, but drinking a lot of water during the day helps. I didn't know about the mask test. I'll have to try that. Thanks for all the tips.

katiem2 on 03/05/2012

kinworm, great tip the added tooth paste will no doubt help tremendously. Thanks

Marie on 03/05/2012

Brushing your tongue is a really great tip and I've been doing this for years. I pop a small amount of minty toothpaste on the toothbrush first so my tongue is as clean as my teeth. I'm sure that would help many cases of bad breath.

katiem2 on 03/05/2012

Great to hear from you both; Angel and Debbie, thanks for commenting :)

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