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Imagine being on a date or in a job interview with bad breath you can’t seem to shake. Believe it or not, this happens. Having constant bad breath can be embarrassing and stressful in a personal and professional life. That is why, our team here at Stones Crossing Dentistry in Greenwood, Indiana, is happy to talk to you about bad breath, so you can feel confident in your life again.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be from several different scenarios. Some of these scenarios include:

– Tobacco: Tobacco in any form is incredibly dangerous to your smile and overall health and can cause a host of problems for you. Tobacco is a normal irritant to your gums and the bacteria can be sticky, putting your health and body at risk for a plethora of problems.
– Dry mouth: Dry mouth is a condition where your body is not making enough saliva to clear away negative bacteria or food particles in your mouth.
– Gum disease: Gum disease is a health condition that can destroy your smile starting with bad breath, tooth loss, and even bone loss. If you have halitosis, you could be suffering from gum disease and need to get it treated and reversed right away.
– Food: We all know garlic, onions, and other spices can leave our breath in an embarrassing state. That is why making sure you rinse your smile out after your meals and brushing and flossing regularly can help against halitosis from these foods.
– Bacteria: Bacteria is a substance that can live in your teeth and gums without proper care.
– Medical conditions: There are many different medications that can trigger halitosis as a side effect. If you feel this could be triggering your problems, please be sure to tell your dentist, Dr. Aaron Wilkins about any medications you are currently taking, so you can get the proper treatment you need.

As you can see, halitosis can strike with any of these reasons, which is why it is important to receive regular oral health checkups every six months from your dentist. Having a regular checkup can eliminate oral health issues like cavities and halitosis, so you can keep your smile in the best oral health condition possible. If you have questions or would like an appointment with a member of our friendly staff, please call us at 317.535.3940, so we can address your questions and keep your smile clean and fresh.