In an effort to increase awareness of the importance of proper oral hygiene - and the dangers of not brushing, which include bad breath - one oral health advocate group is launching a new campaign to distribute information to dentists and local communities.
Oral Health America's "Fall For Smiles" campaign will distribute information packets to dental health providers and will sponsor one week that is dedicated to informing people of the risks of tobacco use.
Whether smoked or chewed, tobacco use can lead to a host of oral health problems, the most immediate being bad breath. Individuals who use tobacco often have poor oral hygiene, and this can lead to halitosis.
Beth Truett, president of Oral Health America, said that, despite many efforts from public health agencies to warn people about the dangers of poor dental hygiene, many still don't take proper care of their mouths.
"The Fall for Smiles campaign is intended to bring the oral health community together to promote common messaging about what Americans can do to keep their mouths healthy," she said.
One of the things that individuals who struggle with halitosis can do is to look into specialty breath-freshening products.