The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Get a Taste of Bad Breath Cures

Wondering how to stop bad breath? The answers are hiding in your diet, so discover which foods and drinks also serve as a bad breath treatment.

  1. Add Dairy to Your Diet

Did you know that high-calcium dairy foods like cheese and yogurt are some of the best bad breath cures around? Research has shown that eating a piece of cheese after a meal or snack can neutralize acids on your teeth that cause bad breath. And people who eat yogurt every day have lower levels of the oral compounds that lead to breath odor.

  1. Crave the Crunch

When you eat sticky or soft foods, these particles tend to get trapped in your teeth and breed odorous oral bacteria. Rather than reach for these chewy choices, choose crunchy fruits and vegetables because they’re actually bad breath cures. Crunching on foods like carrots, apples, and celery removes food trapped in your teeth and scrubs away the bacteria that makes breath smell bad.

  1. Pour on the Water

Another leading cause of bad breath is dry mouth. When it comes to how to stop bad breath, you want to keep your mouth moist with water. Another wonder of water is how it rinses away the food trapped in your teeth that causes bad breath. These are the reasons why drinking water throughout the day is a simple bad breath treatment.

  1. Break Free with Sugar-Free

Chewing sugar-free gum increases your saliva flow, which rinses away the bacteria that leads to bad breath. While you may assume that mint-flavored gum would be best to freshen your breath, it’s better to choose cinnamon, which contains an essential oil that reduces odor-causing bacteria.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

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The service was excellent from the moment I walked in. The entire staff had a genuine, welcoming smile and seemed to care about every client. I have rarely seen such authentic friendliness and caring […]
Lori H.
Teri always does a great job and is very pleasant.
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Friendly office, great service.
Janet B.
Marge was great. She tried several different X-rays to see what my issues were. Dr. Metzler is great. I don’t want to see anyone else.
Jane B.
Great customer service at the check in check out office. Great hygienist – Marge. Great dentist!
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I enjoy the smiley faces and the friendliness every time I walk in for my appointment….
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Everyone is friendly and professional, and service is fast.
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Patricia W.
I had a previous concern with the numbing agent. I explained this and they were wonderful working with me and my concerns! Really a great bunch of people!
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Good service
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The staff was friendly and efficient.
Hannah A.
The professionalism and courtesy of the people I met there. The rooms were set out in a useful and comfortable way and the people not only know their job, but they value the customers.
Marianne H.
The staff are consistently efficient, pleasant and professional.
Carol G.
The doctor and her assistant were great. I had a reaction to the lidocaine and they took care of me in a very comforting way!
Janus H.
Dr. Stakem is very kind. I have had a lot of work done lately and it has been quick and painless.
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Great care and concern for the comfort and outcome of the patient.
Patricia D.
Friendly staff and a job well done
Jayson F.
Terry is amazing! Friendly and efficient with a gentle touch. I had no problem scheduling my appointments.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (574) 367-7000
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