Yes, there are foods that can help you deal with bad breath.
We know there are plenty of foods out there that cause bad breath. The dreaded coffee breath is definitely one of them, as is garlic breath. Onions can make a mouth turn into a sewer grate faster than any food known to humanity. Doritos are not only disgustingly "cheesy" but can leave an entire mouth orange.
What if we told you there were foods that were the opposite of the list above? What if there were foods that actually caused good breath?
Dentists have known for a while there are certain foods that are great for keeping your mouth smelling fresh. Fruits like strawberries that are high in natural acids will actually lift stains right off your teeth, whitening them in an all-natural way. Not only that, but fruits that are high in fiber will also clean away plaque and bits of food that get caught in your teeth. Apples and pears are two great examples of fruits that will clean your teeth while you chew.
Any good vegetable with high water content, like carrots, cucumbers, and celery can also perform the same sort of function, washing away debris that’s collected in the nooks and crannies of your mouth.
A food group that dentists recommend avoiding if you’re worried about your breath is protein. The bacteria that live in your mouth seem to especially like protein. Any trapped proteins in the mouth will make that bacterial population grow. When those bacteria start eating on bits of chicken or beef stuck between your teeth, they create volatile sulfur compounds that can give your mouth that sulfurous, rotten egg smell.
To combat those bacteria, fruits high in vitamin C can help. The acids tend to keep bacteria counts in check. Also, probiotic yogurt can often replace the smelly bad bacteria with more wholesome good bacteria that prefer to keep things a little less fragrant.
Chewing gum and mints are always a good idea, but any dentist worth their floss will always recommend a healthy oral hygiene routine that includes plenty of brushing and flossing. The best way to prevent bad breath is to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once daily.
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