Natural Ways To Keep Your Breath Fresh
Bad breath can be a major embarrassment, but there are natural remedies that can freshen your breath and get rid of bad breath for good. Good dental hygiene should be one of your first steps. Brushing after meals and flossing gets rid of plaque, food debris, and smelly bacteria. Use a tongue scraper to get rid of even more bacteria and potentially stinky compounds.
Drink a big glass of water once you are finished brushing. Water straight from the tap contains essential fluoride and can help you stay hydrated. It can also help dilute smells from garlic and onions. Avoid drinking soda, coffee, energy drinks, or alcohol, which can all worsen your breath. Drink more water after meals or snacks to keep your smile fresh. Chewing sugar-free gum or sugarless candies can stimulate saliva flow and sweeten your breath when no water is present.
If your breath still smells bad, consider chewing on a sprig of parsley or mint leaves. These remedies have been used for centuries. They work by releasing chlorophyll, which is especially powerful against garlic and onion smells. Sage may also be helpful. When at-home breath treatments fail to treat the smell, you may have an underlying dental or physical issue that is causing or contributing to the problem.
A check up with Dr. Frame can help rule out potentially serious causes of bad breath, such as gum disease or an abscess. You may just need a dental cleaning or a new brushing technique. If medications or health conditions are causing dry mouth, prescription saliva replacement products are available. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.
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