Having halitosis at work can put employees in a difficult spot. How do you tell a co-worker or your boss that they have bad breath? What if you have it yourself? What can that do to your career? According to nearly half of those surveyed by the British Dental Association (BDA), having bad breath can lower your odds of getting a promotion.
BBC News reports that 45 percent of people told the BDA that halitosis can be a major hindrance to advancement at work.
One fifth of respondents also said that oral odor is the most repellent feature a person can have.
Another survey conducted by Dentyne found that one in 10 Americans find halitosis to be the most irritating characteristic in a co-worker, according to AOL News. More than three quarters of respondents added that there is no easy way to tell someone in another cubicle that their breath is awful.
Rather than risk being passed over for promotion or putting others in difficult situations at the office, you may wish to eliminate bad breath as it occurs. Brushing twice a day and flossing can prevent chronic halitosis for forming, but nothing can keep savory foods from souring your breath at lunchtime.
In those cases, rinsing with a specialty breath freshener may neutralize offensive odors and moisten the mouth, which can prevent bad breath from returning.