Foods to Nibble On When You Need Fresher Breath But Cannot Brush
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Elmwood Dental Group
You don't always have access to a toothbrush or even gum. If this happens, you need to find a reliable substitute if you want to freshen your breath. Some foods will keep your breath fresher and mouth cleaner. We recommend nibbling on these foods if you cannot brush or find a stick of sugarless gum.
Bad-breath Banishing Foods and Liquids
If you want to minimize bad breath or fight it, keep a supply of apples, carrots, celery, or pears on hand to eat. These foods produce additional saliva and clean away odor-producing bacteria. If you eat garlic and cannot brush, eat an apple or pear for dessert. Lettuce and cherries also get rid of unpleasant halitosis. Cherries remove methyl mercaptan, an invisible substance produced when eating onions. You can also remove bad breath by drinking green tea. The polyphenols and catechins in the drink are responsible for cleaning the breath. Eat cantaloupes or citrus to clean your breath too. The vitamin C in these fruits stop bad-breath causing gum disease in its tracks.
Why It is Important to Keep Your Breath Clean
Halitosis signals that you don't spend sufficient time taking care of your gums and teeth. Therefore, it is important to brush and floss daily and to use an antibacterial mouthwash that contains antimicrobial ingredients. These substances typically include cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine, and essential oils, such as thymol, menthol, or eucalyptol. All these ingredients kill the germs that produce halitosis. You should also use a tongue scraper to get rid of bacteria that settles on the tongue. If you cannot use a toothbrush or chew gum after eating, it helps to know what foods or drinks to consume for better dental health.
You also need to arrange professional cleanings to prevent bad breath and preserve your smile. Give our office a call today for a checkup, x-rays, and cleaning. Keep your breath clean and enhance your smile.
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