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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 a breath mint can cover 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 better options you can consider that may help your breath and improve your oral health.   

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

Fortunately, while chewing gum and breath mints can cover up bad breath, mouthwash can actually help you fight against the problems that cause bad breath. Furthermore, mouthwash can also be especially useful if you’ve already been diagnosed with gum disease or tooth decay. Mouthwash is most useful when used with brushing and flossing, can also help you keep your mouth even cleaner than brushing and flossing alone.

While adding mouthwash to your usual oral routine can be helpful, there are several types of mouthwash and not all of them may be right for you. We recommend speaking with our dentist, Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood before you decide on the best mouthwash for your oral health needs.

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please feel free to contact Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa at 505-219-0594. We’re eager to hear from you soon!