While many Americans suffer from bad breath, the citizens of other countries are not doing much better. According to the foreign news service Der Standard, one in five Germans has "mundgeruch," or halitosis.
The news source quotes the director of the Department of Periodontology at the University Hospital Munster, who said that 20 percent of his countrymen suffer from oral odor - and not just periodic odor but, as he put it, "permanent bad breath."
He added that most bad breath offends the nose due to volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which are created by oral bacteria. The three most common are hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide, which smell like rotten eggs or meat.
A study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery indicates that French people are also likely to have bad breath, or as they mellifluously call it, "mauvaise haleine." The article estimated that between 50 and 60 percent of the French have halitosis.
It is likely that most countries would post similar numbers if tested.
No matter where you are, freshening your breath does not have to be a complicated process. By simply brushing thoroughly and rinsing with a specialty breath freshener, you may be able to neutralize VSCs and fight bad breath.
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