Medically termed as halitosis, bad breath could belie something more serious. By Deborah Lin.
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Halitosis can be transient. When we sleep, less oxygen flows through the mouth. This allows bacteria to multiply and give off a bad smell, explains Dr Daylene Leong, dental surgeon from Specialist Dental Group Singapore. A good brush of the teeth and tongue should fix this your bad breath in the morning.
If despite keeping good oral hygiene (brushing teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, brushing the tongue and flossing teeth at least once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months), foul breath is chronic or persistent, warning bells should sound.
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