Mouth-watering food is an integral part of holiday festivities. But some of those enticing offerings ⸺ think garlic mashed potatoes —— can also give you off-putting breath.
Dr. Haidy Messih and Dr. Basma Armanious of Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Leesburg, Virginia, have your back. Here she offers seven sure-fire tips to help keep prevent bad breath.
Certain foods, like onions and garlic, are almost sure to give you bad breath that lasts well beyond the last bite. Choose foods that are mild-flavored and mild-smelling — like fresh fruits and veggies — to avoid bad breath.
If you don’t have a stick of gum close by, try eating a celery stick, a carrot, or an apple to help wash away the bacteria that causes bad breath.
Postnasal drip is a leading cause of bad breath as the drainage that runs down the back of your throat is often foul-smelling. If you’re experiencing sinus congestion, a quick sinus rinse once or twice a day can be done anywhere and make a world of difference.
Bad breath is sometimes caused by certain foods but can also be the result of bacteria in your saliva. Drinking plenty of water can help wash away this bacteria (and even the remnants of your lunch) and keep your breath fresh for friends, family, and that special someone.
Brushing and flossing are critical components of your oral care, but it’s easy to miss hard-to-reach areas of your teeth, gums, cheek, and tongue. Mouthwash can help rinse away odor-causing food, debris, sugars, and bacteria.
Perhaps the easiest tip for fresh breath on the go during the holiday season is to pack a pack of gum! Keeping sugar-free gum close by gives you a quick option for cleaning up your mouth (and your breath) between meals when you’re unable to brush and floss.
Even the best brushers and flossers experience a build-up of plaque and tartar over time, which can produce less-than-desirable smells. Seeing your dentist every six months (three months for some people with gum disease or other oral health problems) can help eliminate build-up and keep your mouth healthy. If you have active cavities or gum disease, these conditions can create awful breath. Schedule a check-up and cleaning appointment with your dentist right away to address the problems before any further complications occur.
To take the first step toward fresher breath, book your consultation appointment. Contact our office by calling 703-659-2805 or request an appointment online today.