Have you ever grabbed a piece of gum to deal with bad breath? The good news is, it works pretty well for occasional odors. If your halitosis keeps coming back, though, you’ll need help from your dentist to beat chronic bad breath. We’ll find and treat any root causes for a long-term solution.
As you’ll see in this short video, chewing gum spurs your mouth to produce more saliva. And saliva washes away the stinky compounds in your mouth. You might choose a flavor like mint. But a study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice found that the flavor of the gum didn’t matter. As your dentist, we’ll stress that the gum should be sugar-free. Choose one with xylitol, a sweetener that actually fights cavities.
Unfortunately, bad breath is often caused by dental problems like cavities and gum disease. So if the foul odor in your mouth lingers, you should visit us for an exam and cleaning. A cleaning will help, by removing the bacteria that cause bad breath and other issues. And underlying problems are easier to treat when we find them early.
Let us help you beat chronic bad breath! Call us today at 256-274-8680 to visit Charles F. Betts, Jr., DMD, Family Dentistry in Decatur, AL.