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How often do you have to deal with bad breath? As you know, having bad breath can be an embarrassing experience. However, did you know that bad breath is typically caused by bacteria or by food particles in your mouth? While removing bacteria may be your best answer, there are a few things other options you can consider to attain immediate relief.
Aside from mouthwash, what would you do to cope with bad breath? Do you think of reaching for a mint? If you do, you’re far from alone. However, mouthwashes can be made mostly from sugar which can feed the bacteria that causes bad breath. Fortunately, if you simply use chewing gum, you should be able to avoid the same benefits, without the risk.
Still, while the flavors of breath mints and gum can mask bad breath for some time, there are other options that can help. For instance, if you chew on crisp fruits and vegetables, you’ll promote saliva flow, which can remove food particles from your breath.
You can also consider eating dairy products, such as cheese and unsweetened yogurt. While these foods don’t actually remove bacteria, they can neutralize the acids that are responsible for bad breath. Similarly, simply drinking water can be enough to wash away acid and carry away food particles.
However, please remember that the best thing you can do to prevent bad breath is keeping up your oral hygiene. If you’re worried about bad breath, please don’t hesitate to contact Evans Street Dental Center at 503-472-1402. Dr. Natalya Ramsay and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!