Nothing can defeat a first impression easier than bad breath. Most of the time, you don’t even know you have a problem until someone tells you making it even more embarrassing. Some people tend to think that using the right mouthwash will solve their troubles. But generally speaking, a mouthwash will only sweeten your breath for just a short time. The real problem behind recurring bad breath is the presence of plaque on your teeth. The plaque contains bacteria, a key factor in bad breath. If you have a problem with your breath, you may not be doing the proper oral hygiene at home. At least twice a day, your teeth require a 2 to 3-minute brushing. Flossing should be done as well to loosen the plaque between your teeth. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, that could be a sign of gum disease. Gums that bleed are not normal. Regular dental examinations allow for early detection of dental problems.