Do you ever hesitate to reach for your favorite foods because you worry about it might affect your breath? You probably know that using mouthwash can help you fight against bad breath, but do you know what you might do if you don’t have mouthwash handy? More specifically, are there any options you can consider that won’t damage your smile?
While you may think of using a breath mint first, please note that this may not be your best option. Most breath mints are high in sugar which can feed the bacteria that leads to bad breath. Instead of breath mints, you may want to consider sugar-free gum.
While the flavors of breath mints and gum can mask bad breath for some time, there are other options that can help. For instance, if you chew on crisp fruits and vegetables, you’ll promote saliva flow, which can remove food particles from your breath.
You can also consider eating dairy products, such as cheese and unsweetened yogurt. While these foods don’t actually remove bacteria, they can neutralize the acids that are responsible for bad breath. Similarly, simply drinking water can be enough to wash away acid and carry away food particles.
However, please remember that the best thing you can do to prevent bad breath is keeping up your oral hygiene. If you’re worried about bad breath, please don’t hesitate to contact Sensitive Dental at 281-531-1000. Dr. Jorge Pinera and our team look forward to hearing from you!