In just a few days you may be joining friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. You not only want to look your best, but you also want to make sure your breath is free of halitosis. Bad breath can be embarrassing and often related to the health of our smiles. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy fresher breath during the holidays.
Try Our Fresher Breath Quiz
- True or False: The foods we eat can lead to bad breath.
- True or False: Certain drinks make poor breath more likely.
- True or False: Caring for your smile can help.
- True or False: You should have your teeth cleaned twice a year.
- True. What we eat can definitely impact our breath. Foods high in onions and garlic can lead to halitosis.
- True. When you drink excessive amounts of coffee, tea, or soda you can develop bad breath. Both of these drinks can lead to dry mouth due to their caffeine content, which means there isn’t as much saliva to help cleanse the mouth of food particles and bacteria, increasing the risk of poor breath and even tooth decay.
- True. One easy way to help combat the issue is with brushing and flossing. When you brush your teeth and floss, you remove food from on and between the teeth. Doing so prevents bacteria from breaking down the particles, a process that can lead to a foul odor.
- True. A dental cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque from your teeth. You should have one performed every six months. In addition to reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, a cleaning can improve the freshness of your breath and help you enjoy a brighter smile.