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Do you have consistent bad breath that makes your daily conversations stressful? If so, you are not alone. Having bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common condition that often goes untreated until other serious situations occur. That is why our team here at Wheelock & Bursick Dentistry in Sioux City, Iowa, is happy to talk to you about halitosis and help you identify the cause, so you can get treatment for your smile.

Halitosis can be activated from several different situations. Some of these include:

-Tobacco: Tobacco is treacherous to your oral health and overall health and can cause a host of problems for you. Tobacco is a natural irritant to your mouth and the bacteria can be sticky, putting your smile at risk for many problems and halitosis concerns.
 
-Dry mouth: Dry mouth is a unique condition where your body is not producing enough saliva to wash away bad bacteria or food particles in your mouth making your mouth feel dry and uncomfortable.
 
-Food: We all know some simple like garlic, onions, and other spices can leave our breath a little smelly. That is why making sure you rinse your smile out after a meal, and by brushing regularly, you can fight halitosis from these triggers.
 
-Bacteria: There are dozens of different kinds of bacteria that can live in your teeth and gums without proper care.
 
-Medical conditions: There are many diverse medical conditions that can trigger halitosis, including medications that offer this side effect. If you feel this could be triggering your bad breath, be sure to tell your dentist, Dr. Douglas Wheelock about any medications you are taking, so you can get the proper treatment you need.
 
-Gum disease: Gum disease is a solemn condition that can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, and even bone loss. If you have halitosis, you could be a victim of gum disease and need to get it treated and reversed as soon as possible.
 
Now you can see, there are several different reasons halitosis can happen, which is why it is important to receive regular oral health checkups every six months. Having a regular checkup can eliminate situations like cavities and halitosis, so you can keep your smile in the best oral health condition possible. If you have other questions or would like an appointment, please call us at 712-274-2038, so we can address your questions and keep your smile feeling fresh and healthy.