Avoid bad breath

Who knew an orange could freshen breathNo one wants to have bad breath. This social and professional handicap is definitely not sexy. “Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait a co-worker can have,” says one study.  Still, despite this clear social stigma, a surprisingly high number of Americans — one in three — suffer from the dreaded halitosis. And sometimes, brushing your teeth is not enough to cure it.  

 
We spoke to Manhattan dentist Dr. Pankaj Singh, who offered suggestions to freshen your breath and tips on teeth whitening.
 
DD: Is there any way to prevent bad breath that is not caused by serious health problems?
Dr. S: Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth and tongue after you eat, keep toothbrush/Wisp at work or school to brush after lunch. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months. See your dentist twice a year.
 
Chew on mint leaves or parsley.
 
Eating an orange is a good way to eliminate bad breath instantly. The citric acid in oranges will help stimulate the salivary glands and encourage the flow of breath-freshening saliva.
 
Eat yogurt. Studies have shown that the active bacteria in yogurt, specifically streptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus bulgaricus, may have a beneficial effect on odor-causing bacteria in the mouth.
 
Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist.
 
Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
 
DD: What are the biggest mistakes people make when whitening teeth at home?
Dr. S: They tend to use too much whitening solution in the tray. The extra
whitener leaks out of the tray and then they swallow it. People also tend not to pay strict attention to the directions. They either don’t use it for the appropriate amount of time, or not regularly enough. In addition, people tend to continue with the habits that cause staining to develop, countering the effects of the whitening on a daily basis.
 
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