Bad breath is as much a social problem as it is a physical one
SUMMARY: Life is full of awkward situations. Running in to an old high school friend at the grocery store, getting trapped in the elevator with your boss or meeting new people can all be stressful situations that make people feel uncomfortable. However, these situations may be made even worse if you regularly have bad breath.
Posted: November 10, 2010
Life is full of awkward situations. Running in to an old high school friend at the grocery store, getting trapped in the elevator with your boss or meeting new people can all be stressful situations that make people feel uncomfortable. However, these situations may be made even worse if you regularly have bad breath.
Perhaps you have noticed in your interpersonal encounters that the conversation never really seems to progress or develop. Maybe it seems that people are eager to finish up their talk with you and move on. This can lead to an awkward feeling that leaves a bad taste in your mouth after the person has left.
This bad taste may not be due simply to a lack of social skills; it may be the unsavory reminder of your halitosis. The condition can be just as much of a social problem as it is a physical one, and if it is left untreated, it can have serious implications.
People rarely tell each other that they have bad breath. Halitosis sufferers are often the last to know about their problem. Getting into a discussion about other people's bodily hygiene is never a comfortable conversation, and the topic is generally avoided.
However, this does a great disservice to individuals who have bad breath. It is virtually impossible to smell your own breath directly. If no one ever tells you that you have bad breath, then you may very well go through you entire life without ever being aware that you carry the offensive smell with you.
This may lead to a lifetime of awkward encounters and aborted conversations. Halitosis can make it difficult to connect with people and form lasting bonds. Face-to-face conversation is one of the first building blocks of new relationships. If these initial interactions are awkward due to offensive breath, you are not likely to make it very far with new acquaintances.
If you have noticed that people are often weary of interacting with you, you may want to check your breath. Asking another person, such as a dental health professional or a close friend or family member, may be the most effective way to diagnose the problem.
Additionally, improving oral hygiene could go a long way toward improving your social interactions. The specialty breath freshening products offered by TheraBreath may greatly reduce the chances that you will suffer from this social problem.