Ever had a miserable day at work? And it wasn’t because your lovely co worker sitting about a foot away from you just won’t stop talking while you’re trying to get things done? A co worker with bad breath may be ruining your life. Bad breath can really make you miserable. And were not just saying that theirs research that backs this theory.
First of all it’s important to know that bad breath is also known as halitosis, is breath that has an unpleasant odor. This odor can strike periodically or be persistent, depending on the cause. Anyone can get bad breath, due to millions of bacteria that live in the mouth particularly on the back of the tongue. The mouth’s warm, moist conditions make an ideal environment for these bacteria to grow and release smelly gases that travel through you breathe.
A new study, published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, looked at the impact of bad breath in relation to people’s quality of life and found that, on average, people who suffered from bad breath were found to be twice as unhappy as those who didn’t.
This study questioned people on specific aspects of their day to day lives, and here is what they uncovered;
- They had 500% more negative experiences than those with fresh breath.
- It negatively impacted them psychologically, in key areas such as self-esteem and confidence.
- As well as had a negative impact in their jobs, their relationship with a partner and their social life in general.
Bad breath can be a very unpleasant and embarrassing condition due to the negative reactions from people. Although there are people who don’t notice their own bad breath most people do.
This study also says that good oral health must be encouraged by maintaining a routine. A good routine can help improve a person’s outlook on life, positively impact upon their professional life and potentially even improve their personal relationships. Being rid of bad breath can be an important part of this and is usually relatively easy to achieve.
Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. But there are also many ways to remedy it, like;
Using a mouthwash or sugar free chewing gum can also be an option in ridding bad breath, but if your bad breath is persistent it is important to get it checked out by your dental team as soon as possible as it could be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay.
Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by the same bacteria that cause halitosis, usually called plaque. One of the warning signs of gum disease is that you always have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, if left untreated this can lead to pain discomfort and even tooth loss.
Keep in mind the earlier the problems are found, the more effective the treatment will be. So consider scheduling in appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if you identify with any of the above mentioned symptoms. Meanwhile here is a good trick if you think you might have bad breath. Just lick the inside of your wrist, wait for it to dry and sniff if the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure that your breath is too.