Believe it or not, that’s true!
Candy canes are particularly bad because they're essentially pure sugar. The biggest issue occurs when people suck on them over a stretch of time, as this allows the sugars drench your teeth, wearing down enamel and causing bad breath.
If you experience bouts of bad breath, you know it’s no fun for you or the people around you. And with the holiday season upon us, it’s particularly challenging given all the social events going on. But many people with bad breath have no idea what’s causing it. Let’s see how much you know about the culprits of bad breath by taking our true or false quiz.
Holiday drinks can cause bad breath.
True! Holiday drinks - including apple cider, eggnog and hot chocolate - may make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, they're leaving your teeth out in the cold. Hot cider packs more than 65 grams of sugar when decorated with caramel and whipped cream, while eggnog has more than 20 grams of sugar per cup. On top of that, the alcohol in the drinks can dry out the mouth, leaving it more prone to odor-producing bacteria and cavities.
Eating hamburgers and steak can worsen your breath.
That’s true! Eating red meat can worsen your breath and eating less of it can improve your breath. The decay of the leftover bits of proteins in meats and cheese can create odors in your breath. So avoid the red meat on the holiday buffet!
Garlic can make your breath smell bad even after you’ve brushed your teeth and rinsed with mouthwash.
True! After being digested, a smelly substance in garlic is absorbed into your bloodstream and then transferred to your lungs, where it is expelled as a gas -- making your breath smell! Not an ideal situation when you’re mingling at a holiday party!
No one wants to be the Grinch about enjoying all the special experiences of the holidays, particularly the tasty treats that are usually around, but try to enjoy in moderation, and if you find yourself overindulging, perhaps spend some extra time flossing and brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
If you have a chronic problem with bad breath, it’s time to schedule an appointment to determine the cause. Don’t hesitate – call our office today to schedule a consultation!