Many people suffer from bad breath which often has a significant impact on their quality of life. People with bad breath are often insecure, very self-conscious and avoid being in social settings. Eventually mental health can start to really suffer, which can lead to depression. Bad breath can have a number of causes, but usually involves some oral hygiene problems. In some cases, bad breath can be (partially) caused by what you drink during the days. That’s why we’ve listed a few of the best drinks you can have for keeping a fresh breath.
Drink Plenty of Water
Number one on the list is pretty obvious. Ample consumption of water is essential not just for keeping your mouth healthy and breath fresh, but also keep your entire body functioning well. Water helps rinse away bacteria and food particles that can make your breath smell bad. It also hydrates your mouth and throat, again helping get rid of bacteria and food. Make sure to drink some water after every meal and every time you have a sugary snack or beverage. This will help combat the negative oral health effects that these drinks and foods have.
Not only has green tea been linked with a lower risk of heart disease and other conditions, it’s also good for your oral health. Green tea has been shown to lower the amount of bacteria in your mouth and decreases the acidity of your saliva. Because it kills bacteria that make your breath smell, drinking green tea should improve your breath. The antioxidants in green tea have also been associated with a lower risk of cancer, with some studies showing that green tea could help control oral cancer.
Peppermint Oil Rinse
Many mouth washes can actually make bad breath worse because of the high alcohol content in some of them that can irritate oral tissue. Instead of using mouth wash to combat bad breath, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water and rinse well.
If you are brushing and flossing daily, eating a healthy diet and sticking to healthy drinks, but are still suffering from bad breath, you should see your dentist or doctor about it, because there might be a more serious underlying condition causing it.
The qualified dentists at Greenspoint Dental are happy to help you out, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.