The Causes of Bad Breath

Do you ever wonder what you can do to prevent bad breath? If so, you’ve probably already thought about using mints or chewing gums–but will these choices harm your teeth?

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.

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 at Smiles Dental every six months so our dentist can check for these issues–even if you don’t have recurring bad breath.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to give call us at 541.673.3552. Dr. Lee Sharp, Dr. Quinn Martin and our team will be glad to address any questions you may have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!