Although bad breath is the subject of some not-so-funny jokes, it is no laughing matter to suffer from halitosis. It can be worrisome from a medical standpoint as well as personally embarrassing, leading to loss of confidence and low self-esteem.

Bad breath occurs most commonly when bacteria builds up on the tongue, between the teeth and in the mouth. Its causes are many, ranging from recent consumption of pungent foods to inadequate oral hygiene, sinus infections, acid reflux or liver and kidney disease. Many bouts of bad breath are temporary and can be managed with changes to your oral hygiene routine, but prolonged and severe halitosis may require a consultation with your dental or health care provider to determine the root cause.

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