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Halitosis is a common social concern. Halitosis results mainly from gram-negative anaerobic bacteria in the oral cavity, primarily on the tongue. These bacteria break down amino acids, producing volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) which cause bad taste in mouth.While the tongue is considered the primary source of VSC production, other dental problems can generate these offensive gases. Meticulous oral hygiene, including tongue brushing, is commonly recommended to get rid of halitosis.
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