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Foods That Freshen Your Breath
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Giri Palani
Nobody wants to be the person on the receiving end of a barely-hidden grimace when we lean too close to friends or family members, but at some time in our lives, we all have had to deal with the shame and embarrassment of bad breath.
Halitosis is a condition characterized by foul-smelling odor coming from our mouths, and whether it's caused by poor oral hygiene, diet, or something else, there are some foods you can enjoy that can take some of the edge off of your dragon's breath.
The Top Six Foods You Can Enjoy for Fresher Breath
If you're struggling with stinky breath, partake in some of these tasty foods that have the added benefit of giving you a fresher mouth!
Apples: They say an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but we say that an apple a day can help keep bad breath at bay!
Ginger: Not only does ginger help sooth aching stomachs, it can also help chase away bad breath!
Cinnamon: This delicious spice can offset the odor-causing sulfur compounds in your mouth.
Peppermint: The powerful oils in peppermint can mask your halitosis, giving you temporary relief from odor.
Yogurt: The probiotics in yogurt can also help combat the sulfur-generating bacteria in your mouth.
Watermelon: The high amount of Vitamin C can help freshen your breath and keep you hydrated, warding off your lingering bad breath.
While these aren't necessarily foods, water, sugarless gum, and green tea all deserve a shout-out, too. Dehydration is oftentimes a leading cause of bad breath, and simply drinking water can help flush away some of those nasty, smelly germs in your mouth.
The polyphenols in green tea has been shown to help curb the proliferation of bacteria in your mouth, too, giving you a fresher exhale. Lastly, in a pinch, a piece of sugar-free gum can also contribute to a fresher mouth by masking any odor and – since it doesn't have sugar in it – it won't feed the bacteria in your mouth.
Don't let bad breath humiliate you any longer. Please give our office a call to schedule a full diagnostic dental exam and a cleaning to help get you back on the path to fresher breath today!