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Do you know the triggers of your bad breath? If so, you are not alone. Many people think foods and drinks are the only reasons to have consistent bad breath, but in fact, there are many different reasons they can occur. That is why, our team here at Newport Dental Arts OC in Newport Beach, California, is happy to talk to you about bad breath, so you can discover the triggers and get treatment for your smile.
In a nutshell, halitosis can be triggered by several different situations. Some triggers include:

– Medical conditions: There are many different health conditions that can be the cause of halitosis, including medications that offer this as a side effect. If you feel this could be the source of your bad breath, be sure to tell your dentist, Dr. David Wilhelm about any medications you are taking, so you can get the proper treatment you need.
– Food: We all know some popular foods like garlic, onions, and other sauces or spices can leave our breath extremely foul. That is why making sure you floss and brush regularly can help against halitosis from these triggers.
– Bacteria: Bacteria can live in your teeth and gums without proper care causing several oral health problems.
– Dry mouth: Dry mouth is a common medical condition when your body is not producing enough saliva to clear away bad bacteria or food particles in your mouth. Dry mouth can cause the harmful bacteria or foods to linger and become stinky.
– Gum disease: Gum disease is a serious condition and threat for your smile that can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, and even bone loss. If you suffer from halitosis, you could have gum disease and need to get it treated as soon as possible.
– Tobacco: Tobacco is a smelly and dangerous substance to your body and can cause a host of problems for you. Tobacco is a natural irritant to your gums and the bacteria can be a sticky film, putting your smile at risk for many problems like cancer.

These are common reasons halitosis can occur, which is why it is important to receive regular oral health checkups every six months. Having a routine checkup can eliminate many oral health concerns like cavities and halitosis, so you can keep your smile in the best oral health condition possible. If you have questions, or would like to schedule an appointment or consultation, please call us at 949-752-1210, so we can address your questions and keep your smile clean and fresh.