If friends, family and even complete strangers are running the other way when you talk, it could have something to do with your breath.

Unfortunately, you cannot smell your own breath, but if you could, you would either buy stock in a mouth rise company or schedule an appointment with your dentist.

According to Colgate there could be several reasons that you suffer from chronic halitosis or bad breath, however, one of the biggest culprits when it comes to bad breath is poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush twice and floss once a day, food particles can stay in your mouth. This promotes bacterial growth on the tongue, around the gums and in between your teeth.

Your dentist explains that if you wear dentures that are not cleaned properly or if you chew or smoke tobacco, you could also be dealing with chronic bad breath. In addition to the bad breath, chewing and smoking can also stain your teeth and irritate gums. If you are suffering from a yeast infection, have poorly fitted dental appliances, such as bridges or dentures or cavities, you could have chronic halitosis. Dry mouth can also cause bad breath thanks to a lack of saliva. Bronchitis, acid reflux, kidney or liver problems, respiratory tract infections, and pneumonia could also be to blame for your bad breath.

If you have a bad taste in your mouth or persistent bad breath, you could be suffering from gingivitis, or the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. Gum disease occurs when you have a plaque buildup on your teeth. Bacteria cause toxins to form, which in turn will irritate your gums. If left untreated, gum disease can damage your jawbone leading to tooth loss.

Stop scaring everyone away and call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help determine the root cause of your chronic bad breath. Call or click today.