Remedies for Bad Breath

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Bad breath isn’t just embarrassing—it can also be a sign of poor oral hygiene. Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, usually originates from bacteria in the mouth, but eating certain foods like onions and garlic can also cause temporarily bad breath. So what are good ways to keep bad breath at bay?

Chew Gum

Chewing a mint-flavored, sugar-free gum is a good way to kill your bad breath without harming your teeth.

Drink Mint Tea

A cup fresh peppermint or spearmint tea can enhance your breath immediately. Mint tea is also good for upset stomachs!

Spice It Up

Cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon are all known for their breath-enhancing qualities because they are all antiseptic in nature.

Gargle

Gargling with salt water, apple cider vinegar, or your favorite mint mouthwash are all ways to kill bad breath germs and dislodge any food particles that may be causing bad breath.

Say No to Smoking

Smoking is bad for your overall health and can also contribute to bad breath. It suppresses your immunity, which makes it harder to fight against bad breath germs.

Brush With Baking Soda

Baking soda balances the pH levels in your mouth, making it a harder environment for germs to thrive in. It may also help whiten your teeth! Just don’t brush your teeth with baking soda too often, since it can be abrasive on your enamel and wear it down.

Brush & Floss Twice a Day

Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to prevent bad breath. Keeping your teeth and gums clean means that you’re less likely to develop painful gum disease, which is known for causing bad breath in addition to tooth decay and loss.

If you have issues with bad breath or just want to make sure that your teeth are perfectly healthy, schedule an appointment with McNeely Family Dentistry! We provide a variety of services to suit all of your dental care needs, and we look forward to working with you.

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