Ms. Adeoye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Ibadan.
“Although, there are many causes of halitosis, in most cases people suffer from bad breath due to poor oral hygiene. This result in bacterial activity in the mouth that release substances such as volatile sulphur compounds,” she said.
The dentist said that quite surprisingly, some people with bad breath might not even know they have a problem until they were told.
“Bad breath is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress.
According to her, other potential causes of bad breath include smoking, dry mouth, systemic illnesses including throat and gastrointestinal disorders.
She advised that a person suffering from halitosis should have their teeth checked and cleaned professionally on a regular basis.
“The tongue is a primary source of bad breath; when food particles aren’t completely removed from the mouth, they collect bacteria on the tongue and around the gums.
“However, if after a routine examination and cleaning you still experience bad breath, the cause may be a medical disorder,” she said.