Why can’t I smell my own bad breath?
Halitosis, or bad breath, can be the result of mainly three things. Bad dental hygiene, health problems or some types of foods you eat.
If you don’t maintain a good dental hygiene you will most certainly get bad breath. It is important to brush and floss your teeth two or three times a day, and be sure you get to all those hard to reach places. Otherwise food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacteria growth in the cheeks, the tongue, the gums and between teeth. Therefore, you must not forget to brush your tongue and cheeks or use an antibacterial mouth rinse.
In addition, chewing tobacco, smoking and other tobacco-based products will cause both bad breath and stained teeth. They will also irritate your gum and throat and reduce your ability to taste foods, drastically reducing your pleasure when it comes to fine dining. The next time you are going to a fancy restaurant, drop the nicotine a week in advance and the food will taste so much better.
If you are plagued with persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth when you cough or after you have taken e deep breath, you might think about visiting your doctor. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of many different diseases. If you press your tongue or your fingers against your gums and you get a bad or bitter taste in your mouth, you probably have some kind of dental disease like caries(cavities), gum infection or yeast infection. Untreated this can cause damage to the gums or jawbone, so you should see a dentist at the first convenient time.
Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a common cause for bad breath. To flush out dead cells that accumulate in your mouth you need to produce a healthy amount of saliva. If these cells are not removed they will decompose and produce gasses like methane and sulfur that will cause a really bad smell. Dry mouth can be a side effect of salivary gland problems, too much breathing through your mouth or many types of medications.
Many other illnesses and diseases can give you bad breath. Any kind of flue, pneumonia or respiratory tract infections, acid reflux, sinus infection, diabetes, postnasal drip and kidney or liver problems. So if you have a problem with persistent bad breath is could be an idea to visit the doctor.
Foods that give you bad breath
Everything you eat will basically be broken down in your mouth. Your saliva contains enzymes that starts the digestion of foods and are an important part of your digestive system. Any food remaining in your mouth will decompose there if not removed with oral hygiene, and they will produce gasses like methane and sulfur. Methane smells like farts and sulfur smells like rotten eggs. Needless to say this will cause really bad breath.
But some foods will give you bad breath even if your oral hygiene is impeccable. Foods with extra strong odors like onions or garlic will give you bad breath (and bad body odor) until they are expelled from the body completely. Their sulfur compounds is absorbed in the bloodstream and expelled every time you exhale. Additionally any medicine with a sulfur binding can give you the same bad breath, body odor and smelly urine.
So why don’t I smell my own bad breath?
Well sometimes you can, but then you must have really, really bad breath or you shifted from good too bad in a short amount of time. In your nose you have about 12 million sensory cells in the mucous membrane. The different parts of a scent molecule is recognized by many different sensory cells that sends a wave of neural signals to the brain, where they are recognized as a scent. If the sensory cells are bombarded with the same scent over a period of time, like bad breath, they simply downgrade the signal strength. This is the same reason you only smell the funky smell in others house.
So how do you fix it?
If it is a medical condition or oral diseases you will need to seek proper treatment. If it isn’t here are some pointers on how to make things better.
- Dental hygiene, simply be thorough and have a good routine. Brush 2-3 times a day, floss and use mouth wash.
- Stay away from nicotine products and alcohol. Both make your mouth dry and tobacco products simply make your breath stink.
- Drink lots of water! Have a bottle at your desk and sip it whenever you feel like you have a dry mouth. Water promotes saliva production, which is used to flush out food residue and dissolve many stinky substances in food.
- Chewing gum. It not only make you look cool, but as long as it is sugar free it is good for both your teeth and your breath. It loosens dead cells and food from your mouth and promotes saliva production, and as long as it is xylitol gum it also helps inhibit mouth bacteria.