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If you suffer from bad breath, then you understand how stressful it can be to have normal conversations. That is why understanding the triggers of your bad breath can be the key to overcoming it. To help you understand your triggers, our team here at Redwood Dental in Providence, Utah, is happy to talk to you about the basic triggers of halitosis, also called bad breath.

Halitosis can be triggered by many different situations. Some of these triggers include:

-Food: Some foods like garlic, onions, and other spices can leave our breath smelling foul. That is why making sure you rinse out your smile out after eating and brush each morning and night can help keep bad breath at bay.

-Bacteria: There are thousands of unique kinds of bacteria that can live in your teeth and gums without proper care. Keeping up with your oral hygiene can help diminish this bacteria.

-Gum disease: Gum disease is a serious threat that can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, and even bone loss in your jaw. If you have halitosis, you could be suffering from gum disease and need to get it treated and reversed immediately.

-Tobacco: Tobacco is hazardous to your oral health and overall health and can cause a host of problems for you. Tobacco is a natural irritant to your gums and the bacteria can be sticky, putting your smile in danger for many concerns.

-Medical conditions: There are several different medical conditions that can trigger halitosis, including medications that offer this side effect. If you feel this could be causing your halitosis, be sure to tell your dentist, Dr. Troy Walton about any medications you are taking, so you can get the proper care you need.

-Dry mouth: Dry mouth is a serious condition where your body is not producing enough saliva to wash away bad bacteria or food particles in your mouth. This can cause stinky bacteria or foods to linger.

As you can see, there are several different reasons halitosis can strike, which is why it is important to receive regular dental health check-ups every six months. Having a regular checkup can eliminate oral health problems like cavities and halitosis, so you can keep your smile in healthy shape. If you still have questions or would like an appointment, please call us at 435-571-0288, so we can address your questions and keep your smile healthy and fresh.