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As you may know, some very popular foods could lead to problems with your breath. For that reason—along with a few others—millions of people tend to use mints and chewing gum. While these are useful options, they only cover bad breath without addressing the root of the problem. In other words, if you’re interested in improving your breath, you may want to consider using mouthwash.

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 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. 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, and as it works with them to keep your mouth even cleaner.

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. Jacob Shrayman before you decide on the best mouthwash for you. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please feel free to contact Jacob Shrayman, DDS at 973-239-3555. We are happy to help you maintain your healthy, confident smile!