Many people worry about having halitosis or bad breath. There are many ways to cover it up, such as mints or gum, but you need to get to the underlying problem. This can be a few different things that contribute to bad breath. SmartMouth did a survey about bad breath, and the responses were surprising.
Bad Breath Has a Negative Impact on Relationships
When meeting a new person, more than half of the respondents say bad breath is the biggest turn-off. Other turn-offs include a bad sense of humor, body odor, and overconfidence. It is also interesting to note that 37% of respondents thought bad breath easily ruins a first kiss, more than a lack of chemistry or technique. The two situations people are most worried about having bad breath are on a date or at a job interview. The least concern for bad breath was going to the dentist. More than half check their breath before leaving the house, higher than ensuring they have their phones or keys.
Causes of Bad Breath
People are consistent in their concerns over bad breath but far less consistent about what causes it or how to beat it. The most common reasons cited are food, bacteria, smoking, and dry mouth, in order of how often they were mentioned. Only 12% were able to identify sulfur gas as the real root cause of bad breath. The ways to battle bad breath include brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, mints, or flossing.
If you have sulfur gas in the mouth, there is a problem in the digestive tract. To get this corrected, you should work with a nutritionist and your dentist. There is also SmartMouth rinse that is clinically proven to help with halitosis with only two rinses a day.
Tips for Avoiding Bad Breath
There are several things you can do to avoid bad breath. Consider the following tips:
- Be mindful of certain foods, such as onions and garlic
- Brush your teeth after every meal and floss regularly
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash daily
- Chew gum
- Visit your dentist for regular cleanings
Dr. Sharma can help you get your halitosis under control, whether it is due to sulfur gas or something else.