Many people who think they have bad breath actually don’t. Although you can test for the presence of sulfur, the dentist usually makes the evaluation based on a sniff test. If bad breath is present, check for cavities or gum disease, the treatment of which often succeeds in eradicating bad breath.

If there is bad breath with no presence of tooth decay or periodontal disease, it may be associated with bacteria living on the tongue. If this is the case, it is important for you to brush your tongue by trying toothbrush which has a tongue cleaner on the back of the toothbrush bristles. Consider introducing a mouthwash which allows you to prevent bacteria quickly during the day.

After cavities and gum disease, the third-most common reason for seeking professional dental care is bad breath. If you feel you have it, seek a thorough dental examination. If you’re experiencing upper gastrointestinal problems, such as pain or heartburn, a medical examination is also required. You don’t have to live with bad breath from stomach problems.