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As you know, everyone has to deal with bad breath—but do you know why? While bad breath can be caused by a few problems, such as smoking, dry mouth, or some medications, it’s typically caused by germs from food particles left in your mouth.

Of course, you can use mouthwash to combat bad breath, but this is often just a temporary solution. For example, you probably know that some foods, like garlic and onions, can really affect your breath. In fact, substances from garlic and onions can get into your bloodstream, meaning that every time you exhale your bad breath returns.

Fortunately, while garlic and onions will cause bad breath, other foods can actually help your smile. For example, crunchy foods can help you overcome bad breath. This is because the chewing motion produces saliva, which carries extra food particles away. Similarly, dairy products will negate acids that cause bad breath. Try a piece of cheese or unsweetened yogurt to fight off bad breath.

Of course, there are other things you can do to protect your breath. For example, you may want to consider chewing gum. Like fruits and vegetables, chewing gum can promote saliva flow to carry away food particles. Similarly, because many gums are mint flavored, they can cover bad breath temporarily. However, you may want to consider chewing cinnamon-flavored gum. It can actually negate the bacteria that cause bad breath.

There are also a few beverages that could help your breath. For example, compounds in black tea will hold stop bacteria from growing. However, tea can also leave a strong odor in your mouth, so be careful with how much you drink. Similarly, drinking water can carry away the particles and acids that cause bad breath.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact Northern Virginia Dental Associates at 703.451.8332 today. Drs. Winkier, Charaipotra, Coulter, Kanli, and our team are eager to hear from you.