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Foods Can Help You Combat Bad Breath

Posted on 1/20/2020 by Thomas Mahar
Foods Can Help You Combat Bad BreathNo one likes the smell of bad breath, nor do they want to be the one who has it. The experience of realizing you have bad breath in a situation where you can't correct it can cause embarrassment and may affect the way others interact with you if it is persistent, as well as how you interact with them.

How Can I Combat Bad Breath?

Your best defenses against bad breath are good oral care habits and regular dental cleanings. If you tend to have bad breath persistently despite good habits however, it's important to schedule a visit with our office to rule out gum disease and for recommendations on how to treat your persistent halitosis. If more serious issues are ruled out as the cause, you can improve your chances of combating bad breath by improving on your oral care routine and becoming aware of the foods and beverages that either contribute to halitosis or can help reverse it.

Foods that Fight Halitosis

It's easy enough to avoid the obvious culprits of bad breath such as onions, garlic, or coffee, if we know we will be interacting closely with someone. However, bad breath on a regular basis is caused by bacteria in your mouth as opposed to the odors of certain foods. These bacteria break down food deposits in your mouth, producing sulfur compounds and causing bad breath. The following foods can function to effectively clear food deposits and harmful bacteria to fight your bad breath.

Raw vegetables and fruits like cucumbers, apples, and celery work double duty on your teeth by both increasing saliva production to fight odor-causing bacteria, as well as scraping food particles from your teeth with their texture.

These are only a few of the foods that you can eat to combat bad breath, even when more serious conditions have been ruled out, but your halitosis continues. If persistent bad breath is a concern for you, please contact our office for a consultation.

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