If you are serious about learning how to stop bad breath permanently, it is important you first learn to identify areas of your mouth that have become food traps and / or may be harbouring infections. For instance, a partially erupted or impacted wisdom tooth that smells bad is a very good indication that an infection may be present there, and hence it may be one of the factors contributing to your halitosis.
You will only be able to eliminate your bad breath by first examining all possible factors that may be contributing to your problem. A rigorous approach needs to be followed, and in the right order, or otherwise many of the contributing factors to your halitosis may be missed. Click here to learn EXACTLY what you need to do to treat your bad breath:
How to test for a wisdom tooth that smells bad?
First of all, I would strongly advise that you adhere to the oral hygiene instructions I outlined here (Basic Oral Hygiene Instructions
) – to the LETTER – for at least two weeks before you start testing.
This is necessary because we want to make sure that your oral hygiene is the best it can possibly be so that, when we test your breath, we know that all food debris has been removed by brushing and flossing adequately, and your tongue has been properly brushed as well (with a suitable tongue brush
If you are testing for bad breath and there is a chunk of steak stuck between your molars, which you failed to remove because you did not brush and floss properly, then obviously your breath is going to stink! So please make sure your mouth is as clean as it can possibly be before testing. No point learning how to stop bad breath step by step if the basics are not there.
What to do before testing for bad breath originating from an infected wisdom tooth:
2) Eat a meal and brush (tongue and teeth), and floss afterwards. DO NOT use any mouthwash, spray or gel this time.
3) Wait for about two hours AFTER brushing teeth and tongue, and flossing.
4) Make sure you drink plenty of water during those two hours.
5) DO NOT eat anything during those two hours, and do not chew on any gums or eat sweets.
When you are ready, start with the test.
Bad Breath Test – Check for wisdom tooth infections – Wisdom tooth that smells bad:
This is a good test to check if the gum around any of your wisdom teeth smells funny.
Wash your hands thoroughly (preferably with soap that has very little fragrance).
Close your hand in a fist and extend just your little finger. If you have long nails you will need to file them down first so that you don’t hurt yourself.
Now, imagine you have got some massaging / lubricating gel on the tip of your little finger, and imagine you are going to apply that gel all around the gumline of one of your wisdom teeth (choose one to start with). Massage the imaginary gel around the gum while pressing gently. Go around in circles a few times.
Note: this should NOT be painful. If it is painful because that particular wisdom tooth is just coming out then that is fine. But if you have had the wisdom tooth for years and keep getting pains / abscesses, this is a sign that the wisdom tooth has recurring infections and so it may need to be extracted. And if it also hurts when pressing it is a good indication that latent infection may be present.
After applying the imaginary gel, put your little finger right under one of your nostrils and smell. Then put it right under the other nostril and smell again (when I say right under I literally mean that you almost touch your nostril). Do you smell anything? Now wait a few seconds and let the finger dry. Smell again. Can you smell anything?
I can assure you that if there is an infection or a pocket of dirt underneath the gum line of your wisdom tooth, YOU WILL SMELL it. The smell should be pretty unpleasant.
A healthy tooth should NOT smell bad at all. If you smell something, the odour should not be unpleasant.
Wash your finger / hands and repeat the process for each wisdom tooth.
What to do if you find a wisdom tooth that smells bad?
If you find a wisdom tooth that smells bad, I would recommend you try flossing around it for a few days (if you were not doing so before). Try flossing the back of the wisdom tooth as well (not just the side that is adjacent to a molar).
Now, flossing around a wisdom tooth can be a VERY difficult task, in particular if the wisdom tooth is partially erupted / impacted and the gum is partly covering the tooth. No matter how difficult it may be, I still recommend you do make an effort and try putting some dental floss around your wisdom tooth (the back side) and see if you can remove some trapped food from there. If you have never flossed in that area, it may bleed for a few days. That is ok; be gentle and keep flossing.
From experience I can assure you that if the tooth is not yet badly infected, but there is just some trapped debris located at the back or side, one of the few ways to remove any debris and thus stop the bad breath is by attempting to floss around the wisdom tooth. This technique can work as long as you can successfully floss around the area, the “pocked of dirt” is not located too deep, and any infection that may be present has not travelled too far – to the root for instance.
However, I know this can actually turn out to be an impossible task (or just too much work). In this situation and until you get it extracted (if that is what the dentist recommends), I would use an oral irrigation system
to flush around that area. In fact, I find that this is the ONLY way I can make sure all food debris and plaque is effectively removed from around my back molars and wisdom teeth.
Oral irrigation systems
are excellent tools to clean around and inside the gum line. If used everyday, an oral irrigator is one of the most effective ways to prevent, help minimise or even stop bad breath altogether.
So try flossing and using an oral irrigator
for a week or so, paying particular attention to the back molars and wisdom teeth. Then test again with your finger, as explained above. If it still smells, I would strongly advise you to mention this to your dentist when you see them. By the way, have you made the appointment yet?! Going to the dentist does not have to be expensive at all: Click here for a Comparison guide between discount dental plans and dental insurance.
When you see your dentist, tell them of any problems you may have had with your wisdom teeth in the past months or years and tell them that you have identified a bad smell coming from there (whatever particular wisdom tooth / teeth that you found had a bad smell). I know you may think this will be embarrassing, but this is the only way you can get rid of your bad breath. Dentists have seen it all, so make sure you mention everything so that they have as much information as possible.
You will learn how to stop bad breath by becoming more knowledgeable and by taking appropriate action, which includes using all the information you have gathered. And using the information wisely also means sharing it with those who can help you. You may not want to share it with your friends or family, but please share it with your dentist!
If at-home treatments such as regular flossing and irrigation do not get rid of the wisdom tooth smell, it is possible that the food trap is too deep or that the infection has reached the pulp or root of the tooth, and hence extraction may be the only way forward.
I hope this article has been helpful and that you can now take some action to treat that wisdom tooth that you found smells bad. Treating halitosis from the root involves a series of steps so that ALL possible underlying factors that are contributing to your halitosis are determined and dealt with, one by one. Learn EXACTLY what you need to do to identify every possible factor that is causing your bad breath and the most effective tools, strategies and techniques to use to eliminate your halitosis permanently:
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