One of the most, if not the most, common oral complaint is bad breath. Millions of dollars are spent in advertising every year convincing the buying public that one product is better than another in warding off the horror of bad breath.
The truth is that fresh breath can't be achieved until the cause of the bad breath is conquered. In cases of one-time bad breath due to eating odoriferous foods such as onions or garlic, a breath mint or quick mouthwash swish will mask the problem. But, the overwhelming cause of bad breath is bacteria, and only regular, proper teeth cleaning – at home and performed by your dental hygienist – will control it.