Hey guys, it’s Carrie with oralhealthcoaching.com and carrieibbetson.com. For those of you who don’t know who I am, I’m a dental hygienist by trade and oral health coach by passion. I make online videos to help you get better results.

Now, as a hygienist, I can tell you that there’s a lot of people that struggle with bad breath. A lot of people don’t know it. A lot of the products that are on the market can mask these issues, especially when you first use ’em and make your breath worse after a few minutes. You really wanna be careful to make sure that the back of your tongue is really clean. It’s hard to do. You’ve gotta almost gag to really clean that back of your tongue and gargling can help as well. Make sure that you see some of my other videos, that talk about gargling, talk about utilizing xylitol.

Volatile Sulfur Compounds

Today, you wanna learn how to control what we call the VSC’s, the volatile sulfur compounds. It’s not an easy one to say. It’s not an easy area to clean. When you’re looking online for a product or when you’re looking in the store, make sure that you’re utilizing products that are alcohol-free and that really specifically target those volatile sulfur compounds. The one thing that you can do to tell if you have bad breath that’s coming from your mouth, it’s a super easy lick and sniff test.

Lick and Sniff to See If You Have Bad Breath

You’re gonna take your tongue, and you’ll wanna get as much as your tongue on the back of your hand as possible. You’re gonna lick it. You’re gonna let that saliva almost dry and then you’re gonna give that a sniff. Super easy to do. Takes about 20 to 30 second. Your kids can do it. You can do it. Also, look at the back of your tongue. See if it looks more coated than the front of your tongue. Not this area here, but way back there. See what’s happening. Super easy. Get as much as your tongue on the back of your hand as possible. Give it a chance to dry. Give it a smell. If that doesn’t smell fresh, what you wanna do is really focus on your gargling and focus on cleaning the back of your tongue.

Now, in this house, if we haven’t gagged about three times, we know our mouth isn’t clean. For us, we get gaggy. We also know that we have to really clean that area in order to have fresh breath and to have a healthy mouth. If that bacteria’s building up, it can be contributing to cavities, gum disease, lots of other issues. Super easy test. Give it a try. See what happens, and then start using products that are geared towards volatile sulfur compounds. An easy one to find at the store might be closest.

Some people like TheraBreath. Make sure you’re using alcohol-free products. Spry can help with it as well. Just gargling with Xylitol can really help you too. Hope that helps you and hope that makes sense. If you have questions, I have answers. Let me know what I can help you with. Leave ’em in the comment section below. Until next time, thanks for being here. Let’s work out that stinky breath and I’ll see you soon. Bye.