Japan’s Stressed Salarymen Suffer Halitosis Epidemic During Recession

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Does lack of cash flow produce bad breath?

As if looming unemployment were not enough to cause sleepless nights for legions of the country’s businessmen, they are now falling victim to an unfortunate side effect of work-related stress.

Ichiro Saito, a professor of dentistry at Tsurumi University, said that he has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of people experiencing “dry mouth” syndrome and he believes that as many as 30 million of his countrymen are now afflicted.

According to Prof Saito, humans secrete around 1.5 litres of saliva every day, a response that is controlled by the nervous system. Stress – brought on by an irate boss or a missed deadline – affects the nervous system and inhibits the secretion of saliva, meaning that less naturally occurring “mouthwash” is available…

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