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Do you know what you would do if you found yourself with bad breath? Do you ever wonder if there’s anything you can do to keep your teeth healthier? There are a number of things you can consider, for example, using a mint can 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.   

Bad breath that is caused by certain foods, such as coffee or garlic, is temporary. In these instances, a breath mint or sugarless gum can be extremely useful. However, halitosis—which is another name for bad breath—could also 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. Mouthwash can also be especially useful if you’ve already been diagnosed with gum disease or tooth decay. Similarly, mouthwash is most useful when used with brushing and flossing.

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 one of our dentists, Dr. Nicastro and Dr. Felpo, before you decide on the best mouthwash for you. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact N.J. Nicastro Dental PC at 631-928-2020. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral care needs!