The holiday season is here and it’s time to party!
But before you begin the celebration, your dentist Columbia reminds you to take a moment to review the following list of offenders that can cause bad breath and our tips to help make sure that your breath stays fresh and clean!
What holiday foods and beverages are giving you bad breath?
Wines, beers and fine liquors represent a chief cause of bad breath. The ethanol in alcohol tends to absorb moisture from things they come in contact with.
One or two glasses of wine or one mixed drink, can significantly reduce saliva flow. And your dentist Columbia has found that this can create dry conditions resulting in bacterial growth that is often responsible for bad breath.
Another cause of holiday bad breath is the different types of food eaten at holiday celebrations. If you’re one of the lucky people are expecting a kiss under the mistletoe you should avoid these foods and drinks:
- Candy canes: The sugar supports the bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Cranberry sauce: The canned type contains corn syrup and artificial products that also feed the bacteria.
- Candied yams: Topping them with marshmallows is not recommended because they contain gelatin that can contribute to bad breath.
- Mashed potatoes with dairy products: The protein, combined with butter or sour cream, is loaded with sulfur compounds, which mix with the bacteria for bad results.
- Eggnog: This favorite holiday drink combines the worst foods for breath – sugar, dairy and often alcohol – which dries the mouth.
So how can you prevent holiday halitosis?
According to your dentist Columbia, bad breath does not have to squash anyone’s holiday spirit. Halitosis can be reduced – and prevented – by following these simple tips.
- Keep your mouth properly hydrated and oxygenated by drinking water, chewing sugar-free gum or eating sugarless hard candy.
- Avoid using mouthwashes and oral rinses containing alcohol.
- Brush and floss twice a day to help reduce the harshness of halitosis and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis.
No one should miss out on the delights of the holiday season due to chronic halitosis. But because of the excessive amount of sugary foods that most people consume during he holidays, an existing condition of gingivitis and/or dental problems can deteriorate and cause severe bad breath, toothaches and bleeding gums.