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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. When you choose any dental product–whether it be gum, mouthwash, a toothbrush, or toothpaste, please look for this important seal. You see, items with the ADA seal of approval have gone through extensive testing to ensure that they are safe for your oral health. In fact, while chewing gum can cover bad breath, it can also help fight off tooth decay.

Still, please be aware that if you find yourself struggling with bad breath frequently, gum and mints may only be covering a deeper issue. 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 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 (757) 827-9114. Dr. Barry LeJeune and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!