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How often do you have to deal with bad breath? As you know, having bad breath—regardless of how often you have it—can be an embarrassing experience. However, did you know that bad breath is typically caused by bacteria or by food particles in your mouth? While removing bacteria may be your best answer, there are a few things other options you can consider to attain immediate relief.

While you may think of using a breath mint first, please note that this may not be your best option. You see, most breath mints are high in sugar which can feed the bacteria that leads to bad breath. Instead of breath mints, you may want to consider sugar-free gum.

Please don’t misunderstand, gum itself can’t remove bad bacteria. Still, while the flavors of breath mints and gum can mask bad breath for some time, there are other options that can help. For instance, if you chew on crisp fruits and vegetables, you’ll promote saliva flow, which can remove food particles from your breath.

You can also consider eating dairy products, such as cheese and unsweetened yogurt. While these foods don’t actually remove bacteria, they can neutralize the acids that are responsible for bad breath. Similarly, simply drinking water can be enough to wash away acid and carry away food particles.

Do you have more questions about the foods that could help—or hurt—your breath? If you have questions for our team, or need to schedule your next visit, please contact Scholes Family Dental at 208-667-1578. Our entire team—including our dentist, Dr. Michael Scholes are happy to help!