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An estimated 25 per cent of Americans suffer from chronic bad breath, or halitosis. In addition, the majority of people will have bad breath on occasion, usually from eating or drinking something like coffee or garlic.
Mouthwash firms often say that their products help with halitosis, but Newsweek has undertaken its own research to see how much truth there is in their claims.
It spoke to Dr Richard Price from the American Dental Association, who said that although mouthwash can be useful, the best thing a person can do to prevent bad breath is brushing and flossing their teeth, plus cleaning their tongue twice a day.
"The mouthwash is not as important as physically removing the bacteria. You don't need mouthwash," he added.
President of the American Periodontology Association Dr Susan Karabin revealed that she uses an alcohol-based mouthwash, such as Listerine, although some experts have suggested that this could have a drying effect on the mouth.
Overall, the article found that although mouthwash can have some benefits in preventing halitosis, a rigorous teeth cleaning regime and a good diet are more important.
The president of the Florida Dental Association, Dr Nolan W Allen, recently told the St Petersburg Times that the action of brushing is more important than using toothpaste.
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