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Do you know what you would do if you found yourself with bad breath? Similarly, do you ever wonder if there’s anything you can do to keep your teeth healthier? Fortunately, there are a number of things you can consider. For example, using breath mints might mask bad breath, but it won’t do anything to benefit your oral health. In fact, the sugar in mints could actually be detrimental to your oral health. Fortunately, there are options you can consider that may help your breath and improve your oral health.   

However, please note that bad breath that is caused by certain foods, such as coffee or garlic, is temporary. In these instances, a mint or sugarless gum can be helpful. However, halitosis—which is another name for bad breath—could be a sign of more significant problems.

While chewing gum and breath mints can cover up bad breath, mouthwash can actually help you fight against the problems that cause bad breath. Mouthwash can also be especially useful if you’ve already been diagnosed with gum disease or tooth decay. Typically, mouthwash is most effective when used with attentive brushing and flossing.

However, while adding mouthwash to your usual oral routine can be helpful, please note that there are several types of mouthwash, and not all of them may be right for you. We recommend speaking with our dentist, Dr. David G. Ogle before you decide on the best mouthwash for you. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please feel free to contact Family Dentistry at 812.853.3313.