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Bad breath's a stinking problem

1 in 5 people believes their partner has bad breath, according to figures published in a startling new dental survey.

Commissioned by the British Dental Health Foundation in association with HSA, The National Smile Month Survey found 20% of people would say their partner 'has bad breath'. The result was the same for both sexes.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter commented "Bad breath can be a real turn off for both sexes so it must be a worry that so many people are noticing it in their partners."

A further 42% revealed they had friends/colleagues with bad breath so it seems that this is a very common ailment.

Although there can be other causes such as spicy food and certain medical conditions most bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene.

People should brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cut down on how often they consume sugary foods and drinks.

The survey's findings revealed that the majority of people wouldn't risk a friendship by telling someone they have bad breath. It appears that people need to find out for themselves!

Try the 'lick and sniff' test to discover whether your breath smells

Dr Carter added "It is clear that UK breath is not as fresh as it could be. However, some areas are fresher than others, with Edinburgh topping the list for minty mouths and Cambridge down at the bottom,"

Abby Bowman, HSA says "Regular trips to the dentist are vital for all-round good oral health."

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