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How to Know You Have Halitosis

December 31, 2022 7:39 pm

Halitosis is the formal name for chronic bad breath. It’s considered an actual medical condition—not just something that comes up when you eat some particularly potent food. Halitosis can be hard to diagnose by yourself but here are three signs that you may have it:

  1. The People Close to You Let You Know
  2. It’s not easy to know what your own breath smells like, but the people you surround yourself with, particularly your romantic partner, will surely know. If you’ve noticed that people maintain a healthy distance away from you when you’re speaking, or if they flat out tell you that you have bad breath, it’s definitely worth getting it checked by a dentist.

  3. You Have Other Symptoms of Oral Health Concerns
  4. Sometimes halitosis is just one of many symptoms of a bigger oral health problem. If you have other conditions, like persistent dry mouth, swollen gums, or an unusual white coating on your tongue, then it’s possible these are associated with your bad breath.

  5. You Have a Disease Linked to Halitosis
  6. In some cases, bad breath odor may not have to do with anything specifically related to the mouth. It can actually be the result of another health condition, like diabetes, kidney failure, sleep apnea, or gastroesophageal reflux disorder. If you have symptoms related to another one of these health conditions, then you should schedule an appointments with your primary care manager and your dentist.

The easiest way to tell if you have halitosis is to speak with a dental professional. So if you’re concerned about the smell of your breath, please contact Jonesboro Dental Care. Our experienced team works without any judgment and can provide you with a custom treatment plan depending on what we find during your dental exam. Contact us today for an appointment!

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