Why You Might Have Bad Breath and How It’s Treated
Bad Breath Palo Alto
There are few things worse than discovering the foul odor lingering about the room is coming straight from your mouth. You may be surprised to learn that reaching for a quick mint or a stick of gum usually won’t take care of the issue at hand, but rather just temporarily mask it– prolonging your problem and denying your body the treatment it deserves. Don’t let bad breath be the reason for your embarrassment! Try these natural remedies for relieving chronic bad breath, and take a breath of relief for your new and improved daily life!
- Drink More Water!
It shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the best ways to help your body is to hydrate! Water helps your natural saliva production so that your mouth can clean itself of odor-causing bacteria. Chronic dry mouth can also contribute to bad breath, as dead skin cells linger on your tongue and throat and host bacteria — all of which find their detriment in a well hydrated body!
- Supplement with Zinc
The mineral Zinc helps maintain a clean and bacteria free mouth, but many people find themselves in a zinc deficiency and therefore with increasingly bad breath. Zinc supplements are available over the counter, or you can try to fill your diet with some zinc-filled foods like pumpkin or other squash seeds, dark chocolate or cocoa, or chickpeas in order to curb your bad breath naturally.
- Take Probiotics
Believe it or not, poor belly health can directly affect your breath! Ensuring your body has a healthy digestion process running, as well as reducing odor-causing gas lingering in your body, both by taking probiotics, can be one way to quickly freshen-up your breath!
- Snack on Crunchy Foods
Apples, celery, carrots, and other raw fruits and veggies are all great, natural plaque-scrapers! Plaque accumulates in the mouth over time, and without the natural cleansing that raw fruits and veggies provide, it can contribute to bad breath. These healthy snacks also give your body a quick boost of immune support, aiding in your regular digestion processes and well-being.
- Keep in Touch with Dr. Hansen and Dr. Jurash!
It’s important to visit Dr. Christine Hansen and Dr. Roberta Jurash regularly to ensure your teeth and gums are clean and healthy! Your Palo Alto dentists want to help you avoid or defeat bad breath, and the best way they can support you is to talk with you about a regimen that will be right for you and your body.
For more information about combating bad breath, or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Hansen and Dr. Jurash, call 650-326-3290 today!