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Do you often find yourself struggling with bad breath throughout the day? Also called halitosis, bad breath can cause you embarrassment and affect every moment of your day if not addressed. Bad breath can be caused by a variety of different reasons: lack of oral homecare, periodontal pocketing, bacterial build up in the mouth, and even imbalances of the gut microbiome.

Here are some at-home tricks to stop bad breath at bedtime or to start your day before leaving the house:

– Drink lots of water: Increasing water is one of the of the simplest ways to freshen your breath because being hydrated helps your mouth increase its saliva flow. Saliva improves your breath and your oral health by rinsing substances off the teeth and gums.

– Practice proper dental hygiene: Brush twice a day and floss on a daily basis to not only improve your oral health, but also prevent bad breath. If you neglect the oral care acts that keep your smile clean, the food particles and bacteria that linger in the mouth will cause you to develop bad breath.

– Rinse with mouthwash: While you should never use mouthwash as an attempt to replace daily brushing and flossing of your teeth, you may find that swishing mouthwash around your mouth helps to reduce bad breath by making your smile fresher. Use mouthwash that does not contain toxic chemicals or artificial sweeteners. If you have issues with dry mouth, avoid mouthwashes with alcohol because that will further dry the mouth.  You could try warm salt water rinses instead.

– Eat healthy: Even if you are avoiding potent foods such as garlic and onions that you know that make your breath stink, you may still be consuming acidic and high-fructose foods that also contribute to halitosis. Instead of eating these foods, try to enjoy more of the following options for increased saliva flow:

– Vegetables that are orange or dark green in color

– Crispy fruits such as green apples

– Health fats like avocado, coconut oil, grass-fed butter and ghee

– Organic, grass-fed meat or wild caught fish

If you seem to often have bad breath in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, you may have an underlying oral condition that needs to be treated by our dentist and team. We encourage you to contact Trovato Nutrition at (215) 293-0909 today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Louis Trovato.