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There’s nothing more embarrassing that living with bad breath,
but fortunately, you don’t have to. Here are a few natural remedies
that will kick halitosis to the curb.
T E X T BY R O S PR A D O
Rich in antioxidants, green tea contains
one compound in particular known as
polyphenols that has been shown time after
time to be a great solution for preventing
bad breath. This delicious drink can stop
plaque from sticking to your teeth, and it can
inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause bad
breath and dental decay.
Patients often notice when their smiles are
not as full, or that their smile is too ‘gummy’.
If your teeth appear small when smiling, it
can look unattractive. First impressions are
extremely important. That’s why a beautiful
and natural smile can give you back your
confidence personally and professionally.
Aesthetic crown lengthening is the procedure
used to correct gummy smiles. In some cases,
the teeth look short and stubby and are partly
covered by gum tissue due to either genetics or
gingivitis. In other cases, an uneven gum line
can also be distracting. In a crown lengthening
surgery, the periodontist gently re-contours
the excess gum tissue to expose more of your
natural teeth. This treatment can be performed
on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire
gum line to expose a pleasant, aesthetically
pleasing smile. The tooth is then more exposed,
thus creating a fuller, more attractive smile.
The same procedure can also be done to create
a more esthetic frame for future dental crowns
and other restorative procedures, like veneers.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Acetic and malic acid are naturally found in
this tasty solution. Due to its powerful and
effective acidic components, this remedy
makes a great natural cure for all sorts of
bad breath. To use, add 1 tbsp. of vinegar
to 1/3 cup of water and gargle for about 30
seconds. It will change the way your breath
Dehydration is one of the main causes of
bad breath. Not drinking enough water
throughout the day can cause dry mouth,
which in turn releases an unpleasant odor
whenever your mouth is open. To avoid this,
drink plenty of water — from the time you
awake to a few hours before going to bed —
to flush out bacteria, cleanse your mouth and
promote saliva flow.
76 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi is a Board
Certified Periodontist in Brickell specializing
in dental implants and treatment of
periodontal diseases. Originally from
Venezuela, she received her D.M.D. in 1996
from Universidad Central De Venezuela,
where she graduated in the top 5% of her