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5 Foods That Zap Bad Breath

by Solis Dental on Apr 22, 2021 12:04:00 PM
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Bad breath happens to everyone at some time in life, but some people develop bad breath more often than do others. In fact, one in four people have bad breath on a regular basis. Bad breath can be the result of any number of factors, including the foods you eat. Fortunately, proper dental care can help you get rid of bad breath; adding five foods to your regular diet can also help you get rid of stinky breath.

Also known as halitosis, bad breath can occur now and again, or it can be a chronic condition. A number of factors can contribute to halitosis. Using tobacco products, the use of certain medications, infections, and conditions affecting the mouth, nose and throat can all play a role in the development of bad breath. Dry mouth, a condition in which there isn’t enough saliva to lubricate the mouth and rinse away odor-causing agents, can cause bad breath. Poor oral health and poor dental hygiene can cause odors: food particles in the mouth can rot, and poor dental care can lead to the buildup of plaque and the development of gum disease. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, fish, some cheeses, curry and other exotic spices can cause halitosis.

Eat these 5 Foods that Fight Bad Breath

We always hear about those foods that cause halitosis, and it can be hard to give up the foods you love. The good news is that you can add five delicious and nutritious foods to your everyday diet to improve your breath odor.

1. Tea

Some teas contain antioxidants, which are compounds that prevent or stop cellular damage caused by unstable molecules. One antioxidant, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), fights bad breath by killing bacteria that contributes to halitosis-causing gum disease.

2. Apples

Chewing crispy fruits and vegetables can help produce saliva, which washes away odor-causing bacteria and prevents dry mouth.

3. Oranges and lemons

Bacteria in your mouth break down leftover food particles as you sleep, causing unpleasant “morning breath” when you wake up. Treat morning breath with a shot of citrus fruit. When you get out of bed for the day, squeeze an orange or lemon into a glass of water and drink it down. The citrus in oranges and lemons stimulate the production of saliva. The Vitamin C in these citrus fruits creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria and can help prevent gum disease.

Be aware that the acid in citrus fruit can weaken the tough enamel surface of the tooth. Consuming any acidic drink or food, such as citrus fruits, too often can lead to tooth erosion.

4. Basil

Eating basil can counteract the effects of eating garlic and other foods containing sulfur compounds, which mingle with bacteria in the mouth to cause bad breath. Like a handful of other herbs, basil contains polyphenols, which are natural compounds that break down the sulfur in garlic and other foods. As an added bonus, the chlorophyll that gives basil its characteristic green color also helps mask bad breath.

5. Water

Water can rinse away odor-causing food and bacteria. Drinking water can also help you prevent dry mouth. While there are no set requirements for water intake, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests men drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day and women consume about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids daily. While these fluids can come from water, other beverages, and food to meet that standard, drinking plain water can rinse bacteria from the mouth, prevent dry mouth, and reduce bad breath without adding unwanted calories.

Eating these five foods that fight bad breath can help you curb halitosis and enjoy fresher breath today; maintaining good oral hygiene can also help. For more information on ways to zap bad breath, speak with your dental health professional.

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