What is the rate of incidence for bad breath (halitosis)?

We've all heard the phrase "you are what you eat." This is partly true. Bad breath can be pretty common. Eating onions or garlicky food can increase bad breath. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily to remove food particles helps in preventing this problem. Chewing gum after a meal also helps reduce bad breath and increases saliva production. Certain medications may have the side effect of bad breath. If the problem still lingers, see your dentist, as there may other causes that require treatment.

Bad breath (halitosis) is extremely common. Most people will have an occasion where they have bad breath, either from food, alcohol, or other reasons. Many people may have a chronic condition. Approximately 50 to 65 percent of people suffer from bad breath (halitosis).

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