Bad breath is a widespread problem, and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums.
However, spicy foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem. Smoking is also one of the leading causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions.
Bits of food caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is essential to keep your breath smelling fresh.
The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly, this will help prevent bad breath and let the dentist look for and treat these problems.