The primary reason for bad breath is ineffective, insufficient or non-existent oral hygiene.

But it must be said that not properly cleaning your teeth creates more problems, and more serious problems, than simply bad breath.
 
So let’s examine these problems:

Plaque

From the day you were born until the day that you die your mouth is and will be populated by saliva bacteria and acids.  These materials continually come together and form into in a colorless sticky film called plaque.  This plaque mineralizes into tartar if it is not removed, and as time goes by can cause serious problems.

Gingivitis

The first problem to surface as a result of not adopting strict oral hygiene is a disorder known as gingivitis.  This is indicated by swollen and irritated gums which result from the tartar build-up along the line where the teeth meet the gums.  The gums become sore and may bleed easily.  This condition can manifest in as short a time as seven days if you are not attending to the cleansing of your teeth.  However gingivitis can be quickly cured simply by resorting to effective oral hygiene.

Periodontitis

In a situation where teeth are not cleaned and all, gingivitis will morph into periodontitis, which results in infection and inflammation of the bones and ligaments that support the teeth.  If periodontitis is not treated the teeth will ultimately loosen and fall out.  Sadly, the effects of periodontitis are irreversible, — although its progression can be curtailed simply by reverting to adequate cleansing of the teeth and consulting your dentist.

 
Tooth Decay

Tooth decay will almost certainly be a further outcome of plaque build-up.  Acids that are produced by plaque attack tooth enamel and in time damage it to the point where cavities form.

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