Contrary to what you may hope, bad breath is not something that only happens to other people. As a matter of fact, it is so commonplace that you will be hard pressed to find anyone who does note – at one point or another – suffer from it. What makes your breath smelly is the presence of anaerobic bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. They are valuable to you, since they play an integral role in the digestion of food, yet when they are not carefully monitored and removed frequently, they can increase to such an extent that the waste products that come from their digestive efforts become actually a noticeable odor on your breath.
To this end, it is only logical that proper oral hygiene will help you to remove these bacteria. Brushing, flossing, and doing both on a regular basis and especially between meals can take care of the occasional bout with bad breath. It is when you realize that rather than dealing with sporadic episodes of bad breath you are actually fighting virtually on a daily basis against the odor from your mouth that you must admit something else is wrong. Known as chronic bad breath or chronic halitosis, the bad breath you are battling points to more than just the presence of anaerobic bacteria.
A variety of oral diseases, most commonly gum disease, are known reasons when it comes to chronic bad breath, and if you have an inkling that this may truly be the principal source of the problem, there is not a lot you can do on your own to turn around the health of your mouth. Instead, the only way to reverse the course of gum disease is a visit to your friendly dentist. Even as it is tempting to postpone the inevitable, a failure to set up that important appointment is not only going to result in further social stigmatization due to bad breath, but you are also playing with your health.
Should this not be sufficient cause to motivate you to make and keep that appointment with your dentist and the dental hygienist, think about the social and interpersonal consequences you could experience from the gradually worsening chronic bad breath. In addition to noticing folks stepping away from you as you speak, you may also begin to second-guess yourself in close interactions. Are you sure that your breath fresheners are masking what is really going on in your mouth? Why not put aside the worry and instead visit your dentist for an exam and treatment of the gum disease that is causing the problem!
If not even the personal problems that chronic bad breath is going to cause scare you straight, why not consider the professional costs. Are you going to make that necessary impression at the next meeting or will your chronic halitosis be the one thing that stops you from getting that promotion you are aiming for? Simply masking your bad breath will accomplish little but actually dealing with the gum disease that is the root for the chronic smell can make all the difference in the world.