Having halitosis is something that crosses national, ethnic and even continental boundaries. Recently, people in the UK proved that their oral health habits are as lackadaisical as their American cousins', when a significant portion of Britons reported doing little to clean their teeth or fight bad breath.
A survey conducted by Listerine found that adults in the UK are more likely to clean their teeth for a date or romantic meet-up than for a trip to the dentist's office. Company spokesman Tom Elton told SoFeminine, an online magazine, that neglecting to brush or use a mouth rinse can give free reign to hordes of microbes in your mouth.
According to Elton, the typical mouth harbors 7.3 billion bacteria. By using a specialty breath freshening mouth rinse to wash these critters away, or oral care probiotics to gradually replace them, people with bad breath can bust up even the foulest bacterial colony.
Some of them are quite entrenched, to be sure. The news source said that, based on data collected in the survey, 700,000 Britons had not brushed their teeth in the previous month.