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Could not taking good care of my teeth and mouth give me bad breath?

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When you don't thoroughly clean your teeth, gums, and tongue each day, bad breath may result from remaining bits of rotting food and the growth of bacteria in your mouth. Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) from poor dental hygiene can also cause bad breath.

SOURCES:

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

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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