Halitosis or bad breath can be extremely embarrassing, but have you considered that getting rid of your halitosis could increase your happiness?
The International Journal of Dental Hygiene recently published a new study looking at how bad breath could impact someone’s quality of life. The findings are pretty interesting as apparently people who have halitosis were found to be twice as likely to be unhappy compared to people with beautifully fresh breath. So how did they work this out? The study focused on questioning people about their everyday lives, discovering that those with halitosis had 500% more negative experiences compared to people with fresh breath.
People with halitosis found it impacted them psychologically, lowering self-esteem and self-confidence. Not sure if you have bad breath? The easiest way to find out for sure is to ask a close friend or relative to tell you the truth. Otherwise try licking the inside of your wrist and letting it dry before sniffing. If it smells bad then you almost certainly have a problem with halitosis.
How We Can Help You
Bad breath is common but if you think you have this embarrassing problem then please don’t put up with it. Come and visit us here at Midtown Dentistry and find out just what is causing your bad breath. Our friendly and caring dental team can take a look at your mouth as often bad breath is caused by an undiagnosed dental problem. It could be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease and treating these issues will help restore your dental health, your self-esteem and self-confidence.
It’s also a great idea to see one of our hygienists as a professional cleaning is a really nice way to get fresher breath. At the same time, our hygienists are excellent at educating patients and can give you lots of useful advice on how to improve your regular brushing and flossing. Even if you brush regularly, it’s really easy to miss out areas and a bit of professional help can make an amazing difference.