Good Riddance to Bad Breath
We spend a substantial amount of time and effort in perfecting our appearance ahead of social occasions. We’ll make full sure that our hair is perfect, all the correct make-up has been applied in the right proportions and, of course, that we have a fabulous attire. All that could count for nothing, though, if our breath emanates a less than desirable odor. In a survey by Match.com, bad breath was found to the single most damaging turn-off in potential partners, so no Chanel suit or impeccable hairstyle can compensate for foul-smelling breath.
Some people might come straight out and tell you if your breath stinks, but many will shirk it for fear of causing offence. In that case, you’ll just have to deduce for yourself if you have bad breath (or halitosis, to use the medical term). If you eat or drink strongly-flavored items, if you smoke or if you indulge in crash dieting, the likelihood is that your breath is off-putting. Look out for warning signs such as dry mouth, dehydration, a stale taste in your mouth or a pungent smell from used dental floss.
Halitosis can cause you to feel self-conscious and withdraw from (or completely avoid) social situations. You shouldn’t feel this way because of something that can be easily remedied, so don’t let bad breath damage your day-to-day life. Practice good oral hygiene and think carefully about what you eat and drink. A few simple actions can make a big difference, so if you want to say good riddance to bad breath, check out the great tips featured in this infographic from Dervla Leavy Dental Care
Maria O’Driscoll is a member of the marketing team at Dervla Leavy Dental Care, a dentistry practice based in Cork, Ireland. She regularly writes about oral and dental matters and she is passionate about promoting high standards in dental hygiene.