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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—many people use mints and chewing gum to freshen their breath. While these are useful options, they only mask 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 breath mint or surgarless 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. Furthermore, mouthwash can also be especially useful if you’ve already been diagnosed with gum disease or tooth decay. Of course, mouthwash is most effective when used with brushing and flossing. Still, as you probably know, mouthwash can also help you keep your mouth even cleaner.

Still, while we recommend considering the benefits of adding mouthwash to your nightly routine, we also recommend speaking with our dentist, Dr. Lida M. Vargas, before choosing a type mouthwash. You see, some mouthwashes can benefit your teeth, while others may aggravate certain issues. If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to give Virginia Dental Group a call at 703-385-3800. We are here to help you with all of your oral care needs.