While oral hygiene is one of your main tools for preventing bad breath, some sugarless gum may be able to add to your arsenal. It can aid you in cleaning out the things that cause bad breath.
Our bodies are programmed to respond to chewing. It signals for the production of more saliva. Saliva is for more than just keeping our mouths wet. It helps start digestion, and it also helps keep your mouth clean. Chewing sugarless gum is like putting in an order for more saliva. As more of it gets drawn up, food debris and acids that create bad breath can be washed away.
We do strongly encourage you to avoid gum that has sugar in it. At least, try not to chew it on a daily basis. Microorganisms that live in our mouths love sugar just as much as we do, and they can create acidic byproducts when they eat it up. These byproducts can cause bad breath and even cavities if they stay for too long. In short, using sugar gum can add more fuel to the fire instead of putting it out.
If you chew sugarless gum for about 20 minutes, especially after eating a meal, you may be able to combat bad breath more effectively. If you struggle with bad breath no matter what you do to control it, we may be able to help you here at Arizona Dental in Phoenix, Arizona. You can talk with our dentist, Dr. Joe Gerard, and he will try to help you figure out what is causing it and solve the problem. Feel free to call 602-910-3860, and we will do all we can to help you stay happy and healthy.