General and Preventive Dentistry

Bad Breath is often a hindrance!

We’ve all had that awkward experience: after a nice sumptuous lunch with loads of excellent garlic and onion, and have had to return to the workplace and deal with terrible breath all afternoon. Some foods, such as onion and garlic, linger in the digestive tract and create foul breath, often known as halitosis. The issue of foul breath is an age old problem, but it also not easy to resist yummy Indian foods with rich masalas that leave a lingering flavor on our taste buds.

There must surely be some manner in which one can relish tasty food and still get away without the bad breath. So, the good news is that you can continue to eat things that produce bad breath. Some meals and drinks assist to conceal foul breath, so ingesting one of them after your meal can help your mouth stay fresh. Here are a few healthy alternates to mouth fresheners:

  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables: Consuming crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, celery, and cucumbers stimulates saliva production, which aids in the removal of odor-producing bacteria from the mouth.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt is high in probiotics, which assist to battle the harmful bacteria that causes foul breath and rebalance the ratio of healthy to bad bacteria in the mouth.
  • Green tea: Catechin, a potent antioxidant that helps to fight germs, is the primary element in green tea that helps to disguise foul breath.
  • Coriander: Coriander is perhaps one of the most well-known foods for fighting bad breath. The oil in coriander leaves helps to hide undesirable odours. Other herbs that operate in a similar way include rosemary, eucalyptus, cilantro, and parsley.
  • Nuts: Nuts, such as almonds, stimulate the production of saliva in the same way as crunchy fruits and vegetables do. Their consistency also aids in the removal of microorganisms from the teeth.
  • Water: After eating, just drinking a glass of water helps to rinse your mouth and wipe away microorganisms.
  • Spices: Cloves, cardamom and cinnamon bark are an age-old hack to get rid of bad breath and work as anti-bacterial. Just a single dried whole-cardamom or clove popped in after lunch or dinner, would refresh the palate and the mouth.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum not only masks the odour of your breath with a pleasant, minty scent, but it also increases saliva production.
  • Breath mints: Using a breath mint after eating can assist to hide foul breath for a short period of time.

Apart from the foods and drinks mentioned, our all-time favourites which is a common sight to fill our palms with and ensure to get a mouthful is the sugar coated dried saunf! There are many mouth fresheners and varieties that are a part of the Indian meals including betel leaf. Betel leaf and its variants which could include many additions such as honey, dried rose petals, are definitely a treat.

Hopefully, you have found easy ways to overcome bad breath after a sumptuous meal!

In the end, disguising foul breath is only a temporary fix. The most essential approach to reduce halitosis is to practise regular dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, including your tongue, which is a breeding ground for odor-causing germs, and floss daily. Gum diseases can also have a large impact on heart health – read about this here. If foul breath continues to be an issue for you, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist at your next routine check-up.

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