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How often do you have to deal with bad breath? As you may know, having bad breath can be an embarrassing experience. However, did you know that bad breath is typically caused by bacteria or by food particles in your mouth? While removing bacteria may be your best answer, there are a few other options you can consider to attain immediate relief.

Luckily, your options for dealing with bad breath are typically easy to carry with you. You probably know that a breath mint or a stick of chewing gum can help you cope with bad breath. Still, do you know which of these options is typically considered safer? While both are viable options, please note that sugar can promote bacteria growth leading to bad breath. While you can easily find sugar-free gum, many mints are made with sugar.  

Still, 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 may 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 wash away acid and carry away food particles.

The best thing you can do to prevent bad breath is keeping up your oral hygiene, which means brushing twice a day, flossing daily and maintaining regular dental checkups and exams.

So, if you’re concerned about bad breath, we invite you to contact Lakeview Dental Care at 810-231-2288. Dr. Jeffrey Brink and our team look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, confident smile!