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Halitosis or bad breath is a condition that can affect any person of any age, with around a quarter of all individuals suffering from bad breath at some point in their lives. The word halitosis is derived from the Latin word for breath, "halitus." Apart from causing embarrassment and low self esteem, bad breath can be a sign of physical problems such as tooth decay, gum disease or other problems in the body.
There are several causes of bad breath. Some of the most common causes include:
One of the best ways to treat and prevent bad breath is to improve oral hygiene. This involves:
If halitosis is occurring on a regular basis, it needs to be evaluated by a dentist or a dental hygienist.