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Is fresh breath the key to a happy life?

November 8, 2016

Bad breathBad breath is a rather undesirable phenomenon. In addition, new research shows that getting rid of this problem can significantly increase your life satisfaction.

A new study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene examined the impact of bad breath on people's quality of life. It was found that people suffering from it were 2 times more unhappy than those who did not experience it.

By asking people about specific aspects of their lives, scientists found that people with bad breath experience 500% more negative experiences compared to people with fresh breath.

The first complained that the unpleasant smell negatively affected their psychological state, including self-esteem and self-confidence.

The strong link between oral health, lifestyle and psychological well-being illustrated by this study led the leading charity, the Oral Health Foundation, to encourage people to maintain good oral hygiene and consider broader potential health concerns.

Speaking about this issue, Dr. Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, stated: "This study is very interesting because it looks at the important psychological relationship between oral health and mental well-being."

Good oral hygiene helps to improve a person's life, positively affects his professional skills and improves interpersonal relationships. Getting rid of bad breath, which is usually easy to achieve, can be an important part of that.

Bad breath is a common problem, and there are many reasons for this, in addition to eating “inappropriate” food at lunchtime. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth.

Chewing gum or mouthwash may be one way to get rid of this problem, but if it persists, you should get checked out by your dentist as soon as possible, as it could be a sign of gum disease or cavities.

Gum disease and cavities are caused by the same bacteria commonly referred to as plaque. One of the warning signs of gum disease is that a bad taste in your mouth follows you everywhere. If left untreated, it can lead to pain, discomfort, and even tooth loss.

The sooner you visit the dentist and identify the cause of the problem, the more effective the treatment will be.

If you don't know how fresh your breath is, you can determine it with a simple test. Lick the inside of your wrist, wait for it to dry, and smell it. If the smell is bad, you can be sure that your breath is too.

Or ask a very good friend, who will be completely honest with you, to determine if you have such a problem.

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