Bad Breath and Foods That Can Help Avoid Them

Bad breath can be embarrassing, but it is also extremely preventable.

1. Water
Bacteria often thrive in environments that have little or no oxygen. Saliva contains oxygen and can wash away the debris that feeds bacteria. Drinking plain water can not only wet your whistle but stimulate saliva flow to neutralize bad breath and keep bacteria under control.

2. Fresh vegetables
Water, fibrous veggies such as cucumbers and celery work much like water to stimulate saliva flow, but they can also mechanically clean your teeth by removing plaque and debris. Parsley, which is often used to garnish plates, can instantly neutralize breath.

3. Green tea
Green tea is a great source of antioxidants, and its polyphenols combat the oral sulfur compounds that are triggering bad breath. It may also help keep your gums healthy. Drink green tea straight without any milk or sugar with or between meals for the best benefits.

4. Sugar-free gum
Sugar-free gum can instantly sweeten breath with fresh mint or other scents, but it also stimulates saliva flow to wash away stinky bacteria.

In most cases, bad breath occurs due to oral bacteria. These bacteria live and reproduce in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that develops on teeth in response to your diet. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily can keep plaque and bacteria under control and breath clean.

Contact us today to schedule your next consultation with Dr. Alan Frame, Santa Clara dentist, or to learn more.

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