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Do you suffer from stinky or constant bad breath? If so, you could be suffering from halitosis. Halitosis is a condition that causes your breath to smell. There are many different causes of halitosis, which is why it’s important to understand the triggers, so you can get the help you need. Here at Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA in Charlotte, North Carolina, our team is dedicated to helping your smile stay healthy and fresh, which is why we have provided you with these basic tips to understanding halitosis.

For starters, halitosis can be triggered by several different situations, which include:

-Medical conditions: There are many different medical conditions that can cause halitosis, including medications that offer this side effect. If you feel this could be the root of your halitosis, be sure to tell your dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson about any medications you are taking, so you can get the proper treatment you need.
 
-Food: We all know some foods like onions, garlic, and other spices can leave our breath a little foul. That is why making sure you rinse your mouth out after eating, and brush regularly can help keep your breath fresh.
 
-Bacteria: Did you know, there are thousands of different kinds of bacteria that can live in your teeth and gums without proper care? Well, it’s true! Keep your breath fresh by keeping your smile clean.
 
-Gum disease: Gum disease is a very serious condition that often goes overlooked and can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, and even bone loss. If you have bad breath problems, you could be suffering from gum disease and need to get it treated and reversed as soon as possible.
 
-Tobacco: Tobacco is extremely dangerous to your oral health and overall health and can cause a host of problems for you. Tobacco is a natural irritant to your teeth and gums and the bacteria can stick to them, putting your smile at risk for many problems and halitosis concerns.
 
-Dry mouth: Dry mouth is another condition where your body is not producing enough saliva to wash away bad bacteria or food particles in your mouth. This can cause a lot of bacteria or foods to linger and become smelly.

If you think about these causes, perhaps you can discover the root of your halitosis. It is important to see the several different reasons halitosis can occur, so you can receive regular oral health checkups every six months. Having a regular checkup can correct oral health problems like cavities and halitosis, so you can keep your smile in the best condition possible. If you have questions or would like an appointment, please call us at 704-523-7221, so we can address your questions and keep your smile clean and fresh.