How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Many of us have bad breath or fear the embarrassment of having stinky breath and not knowing it. Some foods are bad for bad breath like garlic and onions because they contain oils which are carried through the bloodstream to your lungs. When you breath out, the stinky leftovers are exhaled.

The good news is just like there are bad foods to eat, there are also good foods. Good foods can actually mask the stinky breath. Here are some foods that will temporarily mask the bad smell.

Bad-Breath Busters
Foods that can help mask bad breath include:

  • Parsley. Parsley is one of the most effective natural ways to combat bad breath. The magic to its success come from the oils that are contained in the Parsley. Also herbs like cinnamon and spearmint can also work against bad breath.
  • Green tea. Green tea is another bad breath buster. It contains catechin which is a powerful antioxidant that fights against bacteria, thus reducing odors caused by bacteria.
  • Yogurt. Some studies have been conducted and have determined that certain cultures in yogurt help to reduce bad breath.
  • Apples and pears. Fruits also help to produce saliva, which helps to revitalize the natural balance of the mouth and wash down odor causing bacteria.
  • Oranges. Oranges or really any fruit that is high in vitamin C is helpful to combat odor causing bacteria. It also helps prevent gum disease.
  • Celery, Carrots, & Nuts. Crunchy foods are also good, they help remove plaque from the teeth and also help to increase saliva production.
  • Sugarless Gum. Sugarless Gum masks the odor, but it increases the saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps to wash away the smelly bacteria.

Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Food is really only a temporary solution to any bad breath problem. Most important, practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and floss daily. If bad breath is a problem, be sure to brush your tongue as well — that’s where odor-causing bacteria like to live, especially at night when your mouth is dry. Make certain to get regular dental checkups.

One of the best things you can do for your breath, is to practice good dental hygiene. This means brushing after every meal, once every morning, and once before bed. You should also flaws and use a mouth rinse.


Tips for Cleaning your child’s teeth

Although a baby’s first visit to the dentist should be by his or her first birthday, parents must also be vigilant about their child’s oral health at home. Do not wait until your child has multiple teeth before establishing a routine. At the first emergence of a tooth, parents should keep it clean by gently rubbing it with a terry cloth washcloth or clean piece of gauze once a day. As more teeth grow in, parents may begin to use a soft-bristled baby toothbrush. Most babies that are at least five months old can use the infant toothpastes sold at drugstores.

For young children, remember to never put more than a small smear of toothpaste on the toothbrush, as swallowing too much can be dangerous. If your child is too young to brush his or her teeth independently, it may be helpful to sit behind the child and tilt his or her mouth back toward you so you can see every section of the teeth and gums. The British Dental Health Foundation suggests brushing in small circular movements and focusing on one area at a time. In addition, it is important to remember to brush behind the teeth as well as on the gums.

Although most children ages 4 and older can start brushing their teeth on their own, parents should supervise the routine until at least age 7 to make sure the child is brushing thoroughly. If you have difficulty getting your kids to brush their teeth, try establishing a routine that is consistent and fun. Regular, direct praise can go a long way in encouraging children to keep their teeth clean and healthy. For more information about oral hygiene and young children, talk to a pediatric dentist on your dental plan. He or she can help you find a routine that fits your family and give you advice to keep your children’s smiles sparkling.