Treatments for Bad Breath
Bad breath can be embarrassing. Correcting it means finding the underlying cause, which, in most cases, is linked to oral bacteria. This bacteria releases sulfurous compounds when they break down the proteins and starches in the foods you eat.
If your breath is less-than-fresh, here are some ways you can tackle the problem.
Drinking more water can keep your mouth well-hydrated and rinse away smell-causing debris.
2. Fibrous fruits and vegetables
Pears, cucumbers, celery, carrots and apples can scrub your teeth and stimulate saliva flow for fewer bacteria, giving you better breath. In a pinch, you can also grab a sprig of mint or parsley to chew on.
3. Green tea
Green tea contains polyphenols, which combats sulfur compounds. Drink your green tea hot or cold, but skip the milk and sugar, because they can aggravate rather than alleviate the smell.
4. Sugar-free gum
Sugar-free gum stimulates saliva flow to dilute oral acids and wash away oral bacteria.
5. Brush and floss twice a day
Good dental hygiene Plaque buildup will cause stinky breath no matter how many sticks of gum you chew. Brushing and flossing twice a day can help remove plaque build-up.
If you continue to have bad breath problems even after trying these simple at-home remedies, you may need a checkup. Tartar build-up, periodontal disease and other dental problems can lead to stubborn bad breath. A thorough dental cleaning can remove the bacterial debris and leave your teeth cleaner and your breath fresher. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dental office.
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