Dr. Todd Corbitt

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Halitosis Truths: How Bad Breath Affects Your Life & How We Can Help

woman covering mouth bad breath

Formally known as halitosis, bad breath is so much more than an inconvenience for those who suffer from it chronically. Not only is it embarrassing, but it can also have negative effects on your personal and professional interactions. But don’t worry, our McKinley Crossing Dental team can help get to the root cause of your bad breath and help you overcome it!

Emotional Distress

According to the National Breath Center, the emotional distress caused by chronic bad breath is really tough on sufferers. Some of the worst feelings including humiliation, shame, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and even suicidal thoughts. For many, there is a feeling of helplessness because, in order to ask for help, you have to interact with someone, which means subjecting someone to your bad breath, which is embarrassing. Don’t fret, though! Our team isn’t here to judge you, only to help you. Call us to schedule an appointment, so we can get to the bottom of your issues and get you on the road to recovery.

Personal Relationships

Bad breath often strains relationships with others. It’s difficult to become close to someone in a relationship when you feel embarrassed to get physically close to them. Striking up a conversation on a first date when you’re worried about how your breath smells can cause a sense of panic. This can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration, and depression in halitosis sufferers.

Work Interactions

If you suffer from bad breath, you’ve probably noticed some strange behavior. Co-workers step back from you during a conversation, turn their head while you speak, rub their nose while you talk, or even offer you gum or mints . It can become disheartening to have these kinds of interactions with colleagues when you’re trying to have a professional conversation. This can lead to feelings of insecurity in your job and envy of your colleagues, and it can also affect your performance at work as you worry more about your breath than about the work you’re doing.

Our Buffalo Dental Office Can Help!

At McKinley Crossing Dental, our talented team wants to help you feel normal, confident, and happy again. We want you to get back to having positive interactions with friends, family, and colleagues. Call us to schedule an appointment so we can examine your teeth and mouth and get to the heart of the issue.

Halitosis is most often caused by a film of bacteria that builds up on the tongue or under the gums, so a thorough cleaning is the best place to start for curing your chronic bad breath. Other causes include diabetes, uncontrolled acid reflux, and sinus problems, but even these often have an oral component that we can help with. Call us now so we can start helping you fast!

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