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As you probably know, brushing and flossing are very important to prevent bad breath and to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, did you know that there are several other issues that could be causing your bad breath? For instance, did you know that some medications, tobacco use, infections, and even trauma to your mouth can lead to bad breath? Fortunately, there are a number of foods that can offer you immediate relief if you’re suffering from bad breath.

You see, bad breath is sometimes caused by bad bacteria in your mouth. One way to remove the food particles that cause bad bacteria is eating crunchy fruits and vegetables. For example, eating foods like apples and celery sticks can actually promote saliva flow, which can help carry food particles away from your teeth. Sugarless gum may have the same effect, and mint-flavored gums may also temporarily cover your bad breath. Cinnamon flavored gum has also been shown to reduce the bacteria in your mouth.

Still, did you know that dairy products are also useful for preventing bad breath? These products can actually neutralize acids on your teeth that may lead to bad breath. A piece of cheese, or even unsweetened yogurt, are usually good options. These choices can also provide your teeth with calcium, which helps them stay healthy and strong. Finally, foods such as lemon, parsley, or cranberries could all be good choices for freshening your breath.

If you would like to learn more about how you can enjoy good breath in Morton Grove, Illinois, we invite you to give Ifantis Dental Care a call at (847) 268.4998. Our dentist, Dr. John Ifantis, and our team will gladly examine your teeth and give you specific advice for your oral health. We’re eager to receive your call.