bad breathBad breath is the number one reason people would be put off asking somebody on a second date, new research has shown.

The study showed that 35% of people would be put off by bad breath, making it the biggest turn off, followed by ‘bad chat’ with 11% of respondents, and 2% of respondents point to being badly dressed is their biggest turn off.

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‘This research highlights the very important, and close, relationship between oral health and attraction,’ Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation who carried out the study, said.

‘We all know that a healthy smile can be a very powerful instrument for attracting a partner and avoiding bad breath is a key part of achieving this.

‘Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes, it’s not always down to that cheese and onion sandwich at lunchtime.

‘If someone suffers from persistent bad breath it is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth, gums and tongue.

‘Bad breath is relatively easy to treat, as long as you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.’