Bad Breath: Social Detriment Or Chronic Disease?

Kid covering his mouth because of bad breath


Have you ever thought of bad breath as a medical condition and not just a social faux pas? Sadly, bad breath is a far too common and embarrassing occurrence that doesn’t only result from eating too much garlic bread.

“About 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis, it is estimated to be the third most frequent reason people seek dental care after tooth decay and gum disease.  About 70 per cent of the odour is mainly caused by bacteria below the gum line and on the back of the tongue, the remaining 10 per cent is accounted for by many systematic conditions associated with lungs, gastro intestinal tract and the tonsils.”

Think of a first date. You’re out with a great girl you’ve avoided eating any odorous foods all in lieu of that perfect first kiss, but when you lean in you see a slight twitch from her. It doesn’t matter how many times you brushed, flossed, or swished your mouthwash your bad breath persists. Why? Because you’re not suffering from simple bad breath, you have chronic halitosis.

Think of the other end of the spectrum, maybe you’re the person who’s been avoiding a certain someone with an intrusive odor coming from their mouth, have you ever thought that it might not be the result of bad hygiene? Maybe that person uses mouthwash, flosses, and brushes twice a day just like you do.

Sure, halitosis can be a result of poor oral hygiene, but it can also result from things like alcohol infused mouthwash, unsuspecting foods and drinks, and even dehydration.

To learn more check out this article on chronic bad breath.

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