Bad Breath: Mouthwash vs Mints

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As you know, many of our favorite foods can lead to bad breath. This is at least one reason that millions of Americans use breath mints or other fresheners daily. However, while mints can be useful, they only offer a temporary solution. This isn’t a problem if your bad breath–properly known as halitosis–is caused by foods or beverages, but it will do little for more serious issues.

You see, recurring bad breath can be caused by problems such as gum disease and tooth decay, and a mint will do little to counteract these issues. In fact, since most breath mints are made mostly from sugar, they could actually lead to more problems. Fortunately, mouthwash may be able to help you overcome these issues.

Conversely, while some mouthwashes are designed to fight off bad breath, most provide other benefits. For instance, many contain fluoride, which will help strengthen your teeth and fight off tooth decay. Others are made to fight off bacteria and to kill germs.

Still, if you’re contemplating adding mouthwash to your normal routine, we recommend consulting with our dentist first. While mouthwashes can help your smile, some may also lead to more issues. For example, there are a few mouthwashes that can cause sensitivity—especially if your gums are inflamed. Also depending on the situation of your mouth, other alcohols can cause a burning sensation.

Finally, please remember to brush and floss your teeth. Mouthwash can help clean your mouth, but won’t act as a substitute. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to give Crosby Dental Center a call at 281-328-3569. Dr. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp and our team are excited to hear from you!