If you are not keeping up with your daily brushing and flossing regimen, you increase the risk of developing oral health problems like gum disease and bad breath. Bad breath can be a result of poor dental hygiene but can also be a sign of other health problems. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. You may need to work with a qualified dental professional for halitosis treatment and to restore or improve your overall oral health.
Bad Breath from Food
In some cases, bad breath is just a side effect of eating foods with very strong odors, such as garlic, onions, cheese, fish, and spicy foods. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash after eating these foods can mask the odor temporarily but your bad breath will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.
Bad Breath from Poor Oral Hygiene
For many people, bacterial growth between the teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue is the primary cause of bad breath. If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, using a tongue scraper to keep your tongue clean, and using an antibacterial mouth rinse on a daily basis, your mouth could be full of bacteria that will cause bad breath.