A 16-year-old female asked:
i'm worried i have bad breath everyone says i don't but if i lick my hand and smell my saliva it smells gross. is that what others are smelling?
1 doctor answer
Bad breath: people have different perception of bad breath. It comes most commonly form the mouth due to post nasal drip, poor oral hygiene, mouth breathing, alcohol consumption, menstrual cycle, onion and garlic and food that stick between the teeth. To prevent it is proper oral hygiene, use of plastic tongue cleaner, deep gurgling with mouth wash, eating fibrous food, chewing gum and increase water intake
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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