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Do you know why some people have to deal with bad breath? Unfortunately, bad breath is sometimes caused by issues such as illness, drinking, smoking, or taking some medications. Similarly, if you have dry mouth, your saliva won’t carry food particles away from your teeth. However, did you know that your breath can also be affected by the foods you eat?

Fortunately, while garlic and onions will cause bad breath, other foods can actually help your smile. For example, crunchy foods can help you overcome bad breath. This is because the chewing motion produces saliva, which carries extra food particles away. Similarly, dairy products will negate acids that cause bad breath. Try a piece of cheese or unsweetened yogurt to fight off bad breath. Gum can have a similar effect, though we recommend chewing sugar-free gum. Also, cinnamon gum may do a better job at reducing bad breath than mint-flavored gum.

There are also a few beverages that could help your breath. For example, compounds in black tea will hold stop bacteria from growing. However, tea can also leave a strong odor in your mouth, so be careful with how much you drink. Similarly, drinking water can carry away the particles and acids that cause bad breath.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us at 361-387-1507 today. Dr. Anthony Gonzalez and our team are eager to hear from you.