Hopefully, you were taught from an early age the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, and have maintained a good cleaning and care routine into adulthood. As a kid, your primary motivation is to avoid dreaded cavities along with keeping your dentist and parents happy. As an adult, you still don’t want cavities or any other health problems that could result from poor oral hygiene.

With how busy life gets, it’s easy to not think about your teeth, gums, or breath throughout the day. Even if you still maintain a strict brushing and flossing schedule, you may lose track of how fresh your breath is throughout the day. When you stop to consider how many different people you interact with in various settings, you’ll want to make sure you are staying fresh all day.

Personal Life. Whether you are getting ready for a first date or meeting your spouse for an anniversary dinner, a case of bad breath can really hurt you. One survey found that 43% of people believe fresh breath matters the most when getting ready for a date, and bad breath is consistently rated as one of the top three most unattractive qualities. This can have ripple effects too; more than half of people struggling with bad breath report an increase in stress or depression as a result of their problem.

In the Workplace. There are countless ways bad breath can hurt you professionally. If you are happily employed, bad breath could be harming your coworker relationships or leaving a bad impression with current or potential clients and customers. This can lead to a strained work life, added stress, and hinder your ability to work with your team. It can be worse if you are job searching. In a competitive job market, every detail matters during an interview. A survey of small business owners found that 68% of them factor in personal hygiene to hiring decisions, ranking it higher than bad body language or grammar issues.

Your Overall Health. Aside from impacting mental ailments in the above scenarios such as stress, anxiety, or depression, bad breath could be more than just something you ate. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of other oral issues including gum disease, yeast infections, or chronic dry mouth. Bad breath can even be a sign of a range of other medical problems. Respiratory tract infections, sinus infections, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems all could cause bad breath.

Along with a consistent schedule of brushing and flossing, there are a lot of things you can do throughout the day to help keep breath fresh. Drinking water, doing a quick rinse with mouthwash, and having sugar free gum or mints handy is a good start. If you’re concerned about having persistent bad breath and want help finding a solution, we want to talk to you!