Did you know that changing out some of the foods in your diet can give you fresher smelling breath? It’s true. Most of the time, bad breath comes from bad bacteria growing in your mouth.
This can happen because of food particle left in your mouth, tooth decay, dead cells, or sulfur compounds. These things that leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and foul smelling breath can be fought naturally. Though it’s still extremely important to practice good dental hygiene, sometimes you can still be left with bad breath.
Work a few of these foods into your daily routine for a better feeling and better-smelling mouth as you kill unwanted bacteria with the food you eat.
1. Probiotic Yogurt
Bad breath is often a product of bad bacteria in your mouth. Probiotic yogurt is full of good bacteria that can combat that bad bacteria and leave you with a fresher feeling (and smelling) mouth. Yogurt with added sugars can potentially add to the bad bacteria though, so be sure to check before you buy.
2. Crisp Fruits
Crispy fruits such as apples, pears, melons, and the like help your mouth to produce saliva which washes out odorous bacteria and the bad breath it causes. Increased salvia is like an extra washing for your mouth. The crunch of the crisp fruit can also help to dislodge any particles left behind from previous meals. It’s a win, win.
3. Raw Vegetables
Similar to crispy fruits, raw vegetables have a little bite to them that can help clean out up wanted debris left behind from other foods. That extra crunch will also create that extra saliva production, helping to wash out your mouth and leave you with a healthier mouth and fresh breath.
4. Green Tea
This natural antioxidant can also fight that nasty bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth. Green tea contains catechin—a natural way to combat bad bacteria. Add this refreshing drink to your day to refresh your breath.
Not a big fan of green tea? Try some ginger tea or a ginger lemon drink. Because of its chemical components, ginger can neutralize bad breath. When paired with lemon, a citrus that can also fight bacteria, you’ll be serving up a double whammy of bad breath fighting ingredients.
6. Fresh Basil
Another common cause of bad breath—sulfur compounds. These compounds can be broken down by polyphenols—which happens to come in plenty in a handful of fresh basil. Add a little fresh basil to your next meal to enjoy the benefits of fresher food and fresher breath.
7. Drink More Water
One of the easiest solutions to bad breath is to drink more water. When you keep drinking water you are rinsing out your mouth and keep it moist. Dry mouth usually means smelly breath. Keeping your mouth wet and consistently washing it out by drinking water means a cleaner mouth and cleaner smelling breath. Plus, you’ll be staying hydrated.
Is your breath still not as fresh as you want it? Are you feeling like your teeth aren’t as healthy as you’d like them to be? Try avoiding these foods that are the worst for your teeth! If that doesn’t help, schedule an appointment here with us at Fort Union Family Dental and we will get you feeling confident in your teeth again!