Bad breath, also known as halitosis or malodor, isn’t just a foul odor coming out of your mouth.
It’s an embarrassing condition that strips you off your confidence and self-esteem. It affects your social life and ruins your relationships- it’s simply tough on those you surround yourself with every day.
And it results from poor oral hygiene or signals a deteriorating oral health.
Luckily, you can end this problem for good and live a normal life once more.
This article will show you the easiest, most effective methods of getting rid of bad breath from the comfort of your home:
Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly
Failing to brush and floss gives the food particles stuck in between your teeth to form plaque. This is a cause of celebration for the harmful bacteria in your mouth as they’ve sufficient “meals” to feed on- enabling them to grow in numbers.
More bacteria and plaque in your mouth results in bad breath.
Luckily, brushing your teeth at least twice per day helps remove the food particles, and debris stuck on your teeth, preventing the formation of plaque and growth of bacteria.
Besides, it’s also important to floss your teeth at least once per day to help clean the parts that your toothbrush couldn’t easily access to.
I suggest that you use a water flosser when flossing your teeth. It not only effectively plucks plaque and harmful bacteria from your mouth, but also promotes gum health (remember infected gums contribute to bad breath).
Clean Your Tongue Too
Brushing and flossing your teeth isn't enough for a totally clean mouth…
Your tongue also needs some cleaning. It has an extended surface area, characterized by grooves and bumps, which harbors more bad breath causing bacteria that the other parts of your mouth combined.
That said, giving your tongue a thorough cleaning can significantly reduce your bad breath.
You can use your toothbrush to clean your tongue. For even better cleaning results, use a tongue scraper as its specially designed to evenly and efficiently clean the entire tongue surface- removing all the harmful bacteria, dead cells, and food debris.
Rinse Your Mouth
Rinsing out your mouth with mouthwash is an essential process of practicing good oral hygiene. It not only kills the harmful bacteria but also keeps your mouth moist- keeping off bad breath.
So, which is the best mouthwash for bad breath?
The market has many of these, no doubt. To get the most effective product, however, I recommend you to buy a mouthwash with strong antiseptic properties from reputable brands like Listerine, Crest, ThereBreath, Colgate, etc.
For the best results, rinse your mouth on a daily basis.
Keep Your Mouth Moisturized
Ever wondered why you always wake up with bad breath? It’s because you wake up with a dry mouth bearing in mind that your mouth produces limited saliva when sleeping.
Saliva keeps bad breath at bay by physically washing away the bacteria and food particles responsible for bad breath. Plus it comes with antiseptic properties and enzymes that kill more bacteria.
It’s, therefore, safe to say that a dry mouth is sure to stink.
One way to keep your mouth hydrated throughout involves drinking plenty of water. Ensure you switch around all the corners of your mouth to wash away any bacteria and food particles present.
Chewing gum will also stimulate the production of saliva production while actively covering the bad scent coming out of your mouth. Keep off mints as they dint promote saliva production.
Say No To Smoking (and tobacco-related products)
Tobacco is a top culprit for bad breath. It stains your teeth, damages your gums, and make your mouth produce a really awful odor.
Even scarier, bad breath among smokers could be an early sign of oral cancer resulting from tobacco chewing or smoking.
Make an appointment with your medical care provider today on how to quit this addictive behavior and lead a healthier life-, halitosis-free life.
Make Some Diet Changes
This means controlling the intake of odorous foods that also contribute to bad breath.
Some of these foods include:
- Vegetables like onion, garlic, chives, leeks
- Alcohol and coffee contain chemicals contain bring changes to your mouth environment- making it an ideal thriving place for the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Consider eliminating these foods from your diet or eliminating their intake.
You’d want to increase your carb intake. Why? Well, low carb diet promotes the unpleasant “ketone breath” since the body breaks fats into energy instead of carbs, releasing ketones into your mouth.
A Chewing Can Save The Day Too
We talked about chewing gum and saliva production earlier on, right?
Let’s discuss it in more details below:
All gums can go a long way in boosting saliva production. However, some come with better bad breath fighting capabilities, and I recommend you to go for them.
Look for gums with cinnamon flavoring; cinnamon has excellent bacteria fighting capabilities. Gums sweetened using xylitol (xylitol is a natural sugar that actively prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Talk To Your Doctor!
When you implement all the above practices, I can assure you that your mouth will soon start emitting a fresh, natural breath that doesn’t offend your spouse and friends. Your confidence and self-esteem levels will likewise get to a high. And life will become meaningful again.
However, if your bad breath doesn’t go away even after all the effort, your problem could be stemming from a medical condition, and you might not know it.
In this case, I’d advise you to make an appointment with your dentist for professional assistance.