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Bad breath is the number one turn off
Updated: 10/13/2011 4:59:59 PM

While onions, garlic and spicy foods can temporarily change change the odor of a person Visiting the dentist, along with brushing and flossing regularly are the best ways to maintain proper oral care. When teeth and gums are healthy and have low bacteria levels, then breath is fresher. This is important, as recent research has found that bad breath is the biggest romantic turn off. 

A survey conducted by British researchers found that bad breath bothers people more than bad skin, excessive facial and body hair or a flabby stomach. The scientists contributed this partially to modern lifestyle habits, such as eating too much sugar, drinking soda, and avoiding regular checkups.

Usually, bad breath is caused by the foods people eat. Sometimes though, this can be a sign of poor oral health and more serious dental problems. While onions, garlic and spicy foods can temporarily change change the odor of a person's mouth, if the problem persists it may be time to see the dentist.

Researchers suggested brushing twice a day, cleaning the tongue, flossing and using mouthwash to prevent bad breath. Also, visiting the dentist regularly can help get oral health issues noticed before they develop into serious problems. 

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