One in four people suffers from bad breath - but the condition is very easily treatable.
"Often people are not aware that they are suffering from this condition and of course if that is the case they don't bother seeking treatment," said Dr Sean Malone, president of the Irish Dental Association.
"It cause major embarrassment and disappointment for people on big dates but it can also be a sign of gum disease," he added.
The culprit in most cases is oral cavity. Dentists believe that new diet plans and the fact that people are retaining their natural teeth longer are two of the factors contributing to an increase in the incidence of halitosis.
Natural teeth provide a better breeding ground for bacteria than that of dentures and every square centimetre of the mouth contains over one billion bacteria. Given that there are around 500 different types of bacteria present in a healthy mouth dentists say it is important to prevent a build up of the bad bacteria.
The advice is:
Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, drink plenty of water
Use mouth rinse and avoid trigger foods such as garlic and onions
Smoking is clearly bad for your health but also for your breath, as is alcohol and coffee
If the problem persists visit your dentist as halitosis can sometimes be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.