Although having a healthy smile and fresh breath should be a year-round priority, more people think about it during special holidays like Valentine’s Day. Planning a romantic evening with someone you care about means that you’ll want fresh breath for those up close moments. The holiday is a perfect opportunity to start a fresh breath routine you can continue every day of the year.
Drink plenty of water
Water washes away food particles and bacteria that can lead to bad breath while also hydrating tissues to reduce the buildup of compounds on the tongue that can cause bad breath. Along with water, you could try drinking green tea to freshen your breath as it can lower the levels of sulfur compounds in oral bacteria. Sulfur compounds in bacteria can lead to bad breath that lingers.
Chew gum containing xylitol
Xylitol is a natural sweetener developed from fibrous parts of plants, and it doesn’t break down like traditional sugar. Chewing gum with this ingredient stimulates saliva production that helps clean teeth, and it helps maintain a neutral pH level in your mouth. It’s possible to reduce acid-producing bacteria by up to 90% with xylitol gum, and it prevents bacteria from becoming stuck on teeth. Fewer bacteria mean less plaque and that can reduce the chances of bad breath.
Eating high-fiber, crunchy foods like raw vegetables and fruits can increase saliva production and diminish odor-causing bacteria. Other foods that kill or fight off odor-causing bacteria include cinnamon, vitamin-C rich foods, and Greek yogurt. In a pinch, chewing fresh parsley can freshen breath.
Moderate, healthy carbs
Diets that advise avoiding carbs may not be good for your body or your breath. Avoiding carbohydrates and eating a mostly protein diet can lead to a state of ketosis where your body burns fat for energy and produces ketone molecules. The ketone called acetone in the breath causes a “rotten” smell. Avoid ketosis by eating healthy carbohydrates in moderate amounts.
Antibacterial mouth rinse
Antibacterial mouth rinses and sprays can reduce plaque buildup and prevent gum disease while freshening breath. Using a mouth rinse or spray at least once a day can reduce the amount of odor-causing bacteria and neutralize sulfur compounds.
Maintaining a healthy smile and fresh breath should be your gold year round and not just around Valentine’s Day, but it’s never too late to start beneficial oral hygiene practices. If you’re suffering from bad breath that won’t go away even with the above breath freshening tips, contact Chianese Dental to schedule an exam that can help find the cause.