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It is a fact of life that delicious, yet strong foods can produce unpleasant odors that linger on the breath for several hours and can make speaking uncomfortable. While most people reach for simple breath fresheners such as breath mints and gum, these products only temporarily mask bad breath and can’t eliminate the bacteria that causes it. If you are looking for a long-term solution to bad breath, we invite you to choose an effective mouthwash to keep your smile in good shape.

If the cause of your bad breath is strong foods such as garlic and coffee, it is temporary and can be improved with a piece of sugarless gum or a breath mint that overpowers the odor. However, if you frequently have bad breath, you should see our dentist to be evaluated for any dental health problems that may be affecting your smile.

Another option to treat bad breath and prevent harmful dental health conditions is rinsing with a good quality mouthwash. The benefits of mouthwash range from cleaning and strengthening your teeth to eliminating the bacteria that could otherwise result in tooth decay and gum disease, which are causes of bad breath. Even if you already have gum disease or tooth decay, rinsing with mouthwash can help to improve your oral health.

There are many types of mouthwash, and it can be hard to choose one that is effective for your oral health. To learn more about picking a mouthwash in San Antonio, Texas, contact Bee Family Dentistry at 210-690-9430 today for a consultation with Dr. Catherine Boenitz.