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If you struggle with bad breath, you are always worried that someone might get a whiff of your smelly mouth. Bad breath can cause anxiety and frustration, but through a few remedies your bad breath and worries will be gone in no time. Here are the top five cures for bad breath:

  • Brush your teeth and tongue and floss: There is more bacteria in your mouth than cells in your entire body. These swarms of oral bacteria like to eat the food you eat, and put off smelly odors as they digest it. Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day and flossing helps you remove food particles that the bacteria can snack on, and keeps your mouth clean and fresh.
  • Stay hydrated: You wake up with “morning breath” because as you sleep you don’t produce as much saliva, which is a natural, antibacterial cleaning agent for your mouth. Day or night, if you have a dry mouth, your breath will start to smell since you have less saliva. Through drinking water or other hydrating beverages you stimulate saliva production and avoid bad breath.
  • Drink green tea:  Chewing gum or sucking on a mint is only a temporary fix for bad breath since the bacteria still remains. Drinking green tea prevents bad breath since it has antibacterial agents that fight against your mouth germs.
  • Eat bacteria-fighting foods: Not only do fruits like oranges, melons and berries freshen your breath, but they also contain high amounts of vitamin C, which kills bacteria that causes bad breath. Also eating crunchy vegetables and fruits like carrots, celery and apples helps remove any bacteria stuck between your teeth and stimulates saliva.

Visit your dentist Tooth decay and gum disease can both result in bad breath. By visiting the dentist, your teeth will be professionally cleaned and checked for tooth decay and gum disease. To get fresher breath, contact us today to set-up your appointment at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.