The most widespread misconception concerning the causes of bad breath, or halitosis, is that people who have bad breath do not brush their teeth. Bad breath is much more complex and serious than this. Of course, you can experience bad breath if you do not brush your teeth everyday and by brushing you can always freshen up the taste and smell in your mouth. However, people suffering from chronic bad breath cannot solve their problem so easily. Bad breath is can have very unpleasant consequences for people who suffer from it, both personally and socially. It can lead to relationship and career problems and consequently a very low level of self-esteem. Therefore, it is important to identify it causes in order to treat it successfully. Bad breath disorders are usually caused by anaerobic bacteria that live on the back part of the tongue. They live off remains of food and are normally harmless to our health. However, they release sulfur, which has the foul smell that reminds us of rotten eggs. Therefore, the way to eliminate bad breath that results from these bacteria is to cleanse your tongue. People normally opt for mints, mouth wash breath fresheners. These work very well in the short term, but they will not solve your problem permanently. This is because they only replace the foul smell with a fresh and nice smell without destroying the bacteria that cause bad breath. This can be done with the use of a tongue cleaner. It removes the bacteria, as well as the food debris that is left on your tongue, which prevents the appearance of the bacteria in the first place. If you successfully remove these bacteria and still find that you have a foul odor coming from your mouth, then you need to consider some other causes of bad breath. Bad breath can also be caused by alcohol consumption, smoking, certain foods (such as those containing garlic and onion), a dry mouth, mucus presence, etc. All of these causes are easier to treat than the bad breath caused by anaerobic bacteria. You can simply avoid the consumption of these substances, drink a lot of water, brush your teeth regularly and cure any infections that give rise to mucus. Bad breath can sometimes also be caused by food particles that get stuck between your teeth. The only way to deal with this problem without visiting a dentist is to use dental floss on a regular basis, namely after each meal.