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Does most bad breath result from poor oral hygiene?

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Yes. Basically, that means you don't brush or floss frequently enough. How many times have you heard that from your dentist?

Bacteria that build up on the back of your tongue or in between your teeth are the main culprits. Certain types of bacteria love to breed on the tongue, in the crevices between your teeth, or in untreated cavities.

From: Bad Breath WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Proctor and Gamble's beinggirl.com: "Holy Halitosis." 

Georgia Dental Association: "Battle Bad Breath." 

American Dental Association: "Bad Breath (Halitosis)." 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

SOURCES: 

Proctor and Gamble's beinggirl.com: "Holy Halitosis." 

Georgia Dental Association: "Battle Bad Breath." 

American Dental Association: "Bad Breath (Halitosis)." 

 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on June 18, 2018

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