The holidays bring countless opportunities to catch up with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while, and the last thing you want is to greet them with bad breath. Here are some tips to help fight bad breath during the holidays:
• Brush at least twice per day (be sure to brush your tongue, too) and floss daily. This is old, basic advice, but that’s because it’s sound. Bad breath happens when the bacteria in your mouth have bits of food and debris to feed on. Don’t let them — keep your mouth clean, and you’ll greatly reduce the chance for bad breath.
• Drink plenty of water. Water helps clean out your mouth and prevents dryness, which can lead to bad breath. Stay hydrated and limit your intake of alcohol to prevent dry mouth.
• Eat foods that will help keep your breath fresh. Fruits high in Vitamin C like melons and citrus fruit will help kill germs in your mouth, and fiber-packed foods like apples and celery can help remove food caught between your teeth.
• Chew xylitol gum. The bacteria in your mouth love sugar and break it down into acids, which can make mouth odor. Xylitol is a natural sugar that bacteria cannot break down.
If you have concerns about chronic bad breath, please give our office a call. Enjoy your holiday festivities!