If those party invitations are few and far between, it could have something to do with your breath. Chronic halitosis affects millions of people all over the world and is a multibillion-dollar industry, but unfortunately, those toothpastes, mouthwashes, and breath mints only mask the problem.
According to the American Dental Association, poor oral hygiene is the number one cause of chronic bad breath. Make sure that you brush twice and floss once a day and don’t forget to rinse after you eat. Seeing your dentist regularly can also help with halitosis.
Gum disease is another reason people may be running the other way when you speak. Food particles that become trapped underneath your gums and between your teeth will convert to bacteria eventually causing plaque and tartar. If your gums bleed after you brush and floss, a trip to the dentist should be on your to do list.
Watch your diet as onions, garlic, and other spicy ethnic foods like curry can stay in your system being released into your bloodstream and lungs. In fact, that plate of onion rings that you enjoyed for lunch will stay with you up to seventy-two hours after it has been digested. Try skipping the odorous foods for a while and you may notice a difference in the way people react to your breath.
Your health isn’t the only reason you should kick the habit. Tobacco products stain your teeth and cause you to lose your sense of taste. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco causes mouth cancer and bad breath. Your teeth and gums will thank you once you give tobacco the boot.
If you avoid odorous foods and practice good oral hygiene, your chronic bad breath may have something to do with your health. People who have diabetes or kidney and liver problems may suffer from bad breath. Postnasal drip, gastrointestinal disorders, acid reflux, chronic bronchitis, and respiratory tract infections could also be the cause of your halitosis. Cracked fillings, dentures that are not cleaned regularly and tonsillitis could also be to blame.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help you determine the cause of your bad breath.