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Halitosis and its management

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Halitosis (foul smelling breath) is a common complaint which, unlike most other symptoms, may affect the patient’s associates before the patient is even aware of it. Most adults wake with bad breath1 which disappears after eating or brushing the teeth. About one person in two2–3 has bad breath during the day, especially when hungry. Smokers, alcohol drinkers and garlic takers all have their own characteristic halitosis.

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