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At some point in your life, you’ve probably had to deal with bad breath. When you do, do you ever turn to a breath mint or chewing gum? If so you aren’t alone, but are these products really the best thing for your oral health?

In reality, using mints and gum isn’t necessarily a problem–though sugar will feed the bacteria that causes decay. Since most breath mints are made mostly from sugar, we recommend using sugar-free gum with the ADA seal of approval. In fact, chewing sugar-free gum will cover bad breath, but will also promote saliva flow. This will also wash away food particles that can lead to bad breath.

As you’ve probably guessed, using gum or a mint to help your breath can be great, especially if you don’t have any alternative. However, what do you do if you have to cover bad breath regularly? Of course you could grab a mint or chew another piece of gum, but you might only be hiding a more serious problem. For example, did you know that certain medications can adversely affect your breath? Similarly, cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay can also cause bad breath. Fortunately, brushing and flossing can help prevent this problem, but we also recommend visiting us at MI Beautiful Smile every six months so our dentist can check for these issues–even if you don’t have recurring bad breath.

Remember, brushing and flossing could be the most important thing you can do to fight off bad breath, but if it isn’t enough, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 248-634-7002. Dr. Brant Pittsley and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!