Eeeewwwwww, there’s nothing worse than talking to someone who has bad breath, it really is a major turn-off, but by following the simple tips below you can ensure that you yourself can keep your breath and mouth smelling clean and fresh. Halitosis or bad breath can be experienced early in the morning after waking up (my children call this “dog breath”) or it can be a lingering problem throughout the day. Understanding the causes of bad breath will help you choose the best preventive practices to keep your mouth and breath smelling sweet to all those who come near enough to smell it.
Causes of Bad Breath
Firstly, bad breath could be the symptom of an oral or an upper respiratory infection such as sinusitis and if your oral hygiene is in tip top condition then you should talk your doctor to help rule out whether you have any underlying health issues. Some of the most common bad breath causes include poor oral hygiene, tooth problems, the consumption of particular kinds of foods, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), the use of certain medications and even mouth breathing.
Top Tips to Avoid Bad Breath
Here are some of the easiest and best tips to avoid bad breath:
Perfect Oral Hygiene
Being meticulous about your oral hygiene is the first tip for avoiding bad breath. Millions of bacteria live in your mouth and they could be causing dental or gum problems as the bacteria can cause plaque that can then lead to gum disease and tooth decay. However, brushing your teeth and flossing at twice per day can significantly reduce plaque build-up and contribute to sweet smelling breath.
Brushing, flossing and using a mouth rinse will help you get rid of food particles trapped between the teeth and underneath the gum line. Rinsing your mouth with green tea is a good natural alternative to using commercial mouth rinses.
Clean Your Tongue!
Do you clean your tongue? Some residue could be building up on the surface of your tongue and causing bad breath. Brushing your tongue is as simple as brushing the teeth, or you can buy a tongue cleaner very cheaply from around $6 and incorporate tongue cleaner into your daily oral routine.
Do you need yet another reason to quit? Here it is – smoking can cause halitosis. The cigarette smoke will dry your mouth and the bad smell will linger on even after you brush your teeth and you use mouthwash. Who wants to smell like an ashtray?
Get in the habit of drinking enough water each day. This is especially important for people who breath through their mouths a lot and those who suffer from a dry mouth.
Water will wash away food particles and the bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Increase your liquid intake if you are currently taking medication that causes a dry mouth. Ideally, you should be consuming at least six to eight glasses of water per day.
Avoid Spicey Foods
Heavily spiced foods, garlic and alcohol will cause a temporary problem and your breath will smell of whatever it is you have consumed for several hours afterwards. If you’re planning on getting up close and personal with someone it’s probably best to stick to plainer foods before your date otherwise you could find your date cut short!
Sticking to the advice above will leave your breath smelling fresh and clean, but if you have any concerns whatsoever then make sure you speak to your doctor, dentist or other health professional.