It’s tempting to cook up a hearty breakfast burrito every morning, but depending on what you put in it, it might leave you with bad breath for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, a lot of our favorite meal items have a tendency to leave our breath smelling less-than-savory, especially if we don’t have time to freshen up after the meal.
Our team at Glendora Family Dentistry supports the fact that breakfast is, in many ways, the most important meal of the day. It’s never something that should be skipped, even if you’re running late for work. But what are the best foods to eat in the morning that won’t leave you with bad breath for the rest of the day?
Here are our top 5 breakfast suggestions that include healthy, delicious, and odor-free ingredients!
1. Raw Fruit
Not only is fresh fruit one of the healthiest breakfast options you can have, it also stimulates the production of saliva which is a great way to get rid of halitosis (bad breath). Most fruits are abundant in fiber, which naturally scrapes away smelly bacteria and other harmful substances as you chew. And according to ScienceDaily, raw apples are one of the most powerful ingredients for getting rid of bad breath caused by other foods like garlic and onions.
2. Parsley and Chlorophyll
If you’re making an omelette or something savory for breakfast, make sure to add lots of parsley. Parsley is a natural breath neutralizer, and it also contains something called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a deodorizer and can totally clean out your mouth with freshness. Other foods that contain lots of chlorophyll include pretty much any green leafy vegetable, which of course provides other health benefits as well.
3. Probiotic Yogurt
The International & American Associations for Dental Research highly recommends probiotic yogurt as a healthy breakfast option for getting rid of bad breath and reducing the overall amount of bad bacteria that can gather in your system. Probiotics are a good, healthy bacteria that can combat the ones responsible for causing your mouth to have bad breath. Not to mention probiotic yogurt is great for the body’s immune and digestive systems.
4. Green Tea
This isn’t necessarily a breakfast food, but it is certainly a breakfast drink. Adding a mug of hot green tea to your breakfast can significantly reduce the amount of bad bacteria causing bad breath. Not only will your breath smell good, but you will also benefit from the therapeutic properties that green tea has to offer.
Combine a hot cup of green tea with foods containing lots of parsley and basil, and you will enjoy a meal that’s both refreshing and pleasing to your sense of smell.
5. Cinnamon Toast
Put cinnamon on anything (and everything, if you’re a big fan of it). There are certain properties within cinnamon that help to break down volatile compounds; in other words, cinnamon can help get rid of bad breath. Plus, cinnamon has powerful healing properties that include antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and even anti-diabetic compounds that help reduce the risk of heart disease and other serious conditions.
Constant Bad Breath? Get a Dental Health Checkup Today!
At Glendora Family Dentistry, we put the health of your mouth before anything else. If you have constant bad breath even when you aren’t eating stinky meals, this may be an indication that you have a more serious condition. No matter what, it’s important that you schedule a regular checkup and cleaning so our professionals can assess the state of your oral health. To learn more about us, contact us online, or give us a call at (626) 427-6236 to schedule an appointment.