There's never a good time for bad breath. But some occasions are definitely worse than others. Here's our list:
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No doubt the single worst time for halitosis has to be on a first kiss. Two people have finally found the magic moment and just like that ... it's ruined.
But with luck, neither participant in the kiss will be shallow enough for this to end the romance before it begins. Psychologist Seth Meyers - you've probably seen him on TV - said not to let first-date dragon breath scare you off. He suggested this tactful but assertive tack:
"Go in for a quick kiss," Meyers advised in a blog post on a well-known dating site, "and then pull back, saying, 'Hey, I think your breath might be a bit funky. Will you brush your teeth so I can kiss you for real?'"
Halitosis undermines a firm handshake and winning smile
Second on our list of worst times to have bad breath also isn't in question: having halitosis on a job interview. Just as on a first date, we'd like to think employers aren't so judgmental as to turn down someone perfect for the job except for stinky breath. But it happens.
Alan Cutter, CEO of an NYC headhunting firm, told the New York Post that fear of halitosis during a job interview is well founded. He told the newspaper that companies have admitted to turning down candidates for reasons like, "sweaty palms, bad breath and chewing gum."
Even if you come to your interview with fresh breath, you need to plan ahead. Companies often require interviews with multiple people. Your breath shouldn't be an issue as a day of interviews drags on.
We could extend this list to other mortifying occasions, including:
Bad breath may signal health trouble
In addition to these times when it's socially shaming to have bad breath, we need to mention another of the worst times. What if you do everything right for your oral care by diligently brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash yet you still have bad breath? Let's hope it's just that you haven't found the right products to correct the problem. But underlying medical conditions can cause bad breath.
Take tonsil stones, for instance. Also known as tonsilloliths, these form as sulfur-producing bacteria and debris gets caught on the tonsils. Postnasal drip contributes to the condition, which affects between 6 and 10 percent of Americans each year. At TheraBreath, we've created a set of oxygenating products to neutralize existing tonsil stones and prevent new ones from occurring.
The good news is that whether your bad breath is the result of tonsilloliths, a smoking habit or any of the wide range of factors contributing to halitosis, forming good habits and using the right products will improve your breath. Choose toothpastes and mouthwashes without sodium lauryl sulfate or alcohol. All TheraBreath products are made without these and other ingredients we've identified in more than 20 years of research as working against good oral health and a fresh mouth.