Treatment Options for Bad Breath
Bad breath can kill your social life and be a major embarrassment. Luckily, there are several ways you can tackle this common dental complaint. If you have bad breath, give these solutions a try.
1. Have a drink
Oral bacteria break down carbohydrates in the foods you eat and release sulfur compounds, which have a bad smell. This leads to bad breath. Drinking water can help flush these bacteria away and stimulate saliva flow to neutralize oral acids. If you have dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water every day to keep your breath fresh.
2. Eat some fresh produce
Fibrous fruits and veggies work much like water does. They help boost saliva production, which rinses away those foul-smelling bacteria. Cucumbers, pears, apples, carrots, celery, and other fibrous, juicy fruits or vegetables are all good choices. Parsley can also neutralize foul-smelling breath, so you can also chew on your garnish as a last resort.
3. Sip some green tea
Green tea is high in polyphenols, which decrease sulfur compounds, which are to blame for those bad smells. Do not add sugar or milk to your tea because these will work to increase oral bacteria.
If your bad breath continues after you have taken conservative measures to address it, a dental checkup is in order. Chronic bad breath is a common symptom of gum disease and can indicate other dental problems, as well. You may need a professional cleaning or improved oral care at home. Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
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