Making Your Breath Fresher Than a Sea Breeze
When it comes to bad breath, most of us have a story to tell. You ever had an acquaintance whose breath could make you eye twitch. You hold your breath for so long to avoid inhaling the unpleasant smell emanating from their mouths since looking away would be rude. If that is you or a close friend then these guides may make their breath as fresh as can be.
Water is your friend.
With age comes dehydration. You don’t have to be thirsty to have a reason for taking in some water; your body needs it for a lot of mechanisms and keeping you going. An understated effect of water is that it helps reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. It does this by washing them away and keeping them far from the mouth where they create the not so pleasing smells. Bacteria are one of the causes of bad breath and keeping them at a minimum is a sure way of guaranteeing a fresher breath.
Carbohydrates are not totally a bad idea.
Going the low-carb way is a good approach in getting a healthy lifestyle, but do not overdo it. Avoid having a ketone breath by taking a slice of bread and a few more carbs in your diet and you will be good to go (or talk.)
A regular vacuum.
If you are brushing your teeth to get that lovely breath then you are only doing half the job. You see the tongue is made of millions of filaments where food particles that can easily lodge within. That’s why you need to brush your tongue using your toothbrush or your tongue cleaner. This will guarantee lesser bacteria.
Getting a mouthwash is also a good approach. Everyone knows how important it is before that date, but in reality it addresses the surface problem of unpleasant breath instead of fixing the whole food particle and bacteria thing.
Your teeth need to be constantly cleaned and flossed especially to reduce any chances of getting that undesired odor. (Try and smell your floss after your done and you will get the idea of what causes the bad breath.)
If you have braces, mouth guards or any other kind of oral device, make sure that they are cleaned to near perfection before sliding them back into your mouth.
Water picks are good.
If you are making the assumption that brushing long and hard is going to get rid of the entire odor then sorry to burst your bubble. It is practically impossible to reach all the crevices in your mouth. Instead go for water picks that will reach all the spaces missed by your toothbrush and ultimately give you a fresher breath.
Chew like you will never chew again.
Facts reveal that the more saliva there is lingering in your mouth then the lesser the occurrence of the mouth odors. That explains why people have morning breaths: simply because saliva production is in low gear during the night. This allows bacteria and the odors to linger around.
Sometimes it is hard to avoid a dry mouth, especially if you are sick or under medication. That is the point where sugarless gum comes in: sugarless since you don’t want to ruin your teeth with the sugary stuff.
Chewing increases the production of saliva which ultimately washes away the food particles. The antiseptic and enzymatic characteristics of the saliva make it effective in reducing the bacteria. Chew a gum that has Xylitol. This replaces sugar (its sweet) and minimizes the replication process of the bacteria in the mouth.
Go for cinnamon.
Cinnamon, according to studies, show that it is an odor-fighter. It in effect reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. It does more than merely cover up the stink. Limit it to sugarless since sugar is a no-no for your teeth.
A regular visit to the dentist wouldn’t hurt.
Sure, most of the bad breath cases revolve improper dental hygiene but in some cases it goes much further than that. If the bad, unpleasant smell does not go away it is high time to make that appointment with the dentist.
A professional may help deal with a cavity, tooth decay or a gum disease that may be responsible for the odor. In rare cases, this odor can be a pointer to an underlying problem like kidney or liver failure. This is the situation when your dentist finds no problem at all. If that happens then see a doctor for further examinations.
Sometimes it is all in your head.
You thinking that your mouth reeks might be an opinion and not necessarily a fact. Confirm with your friend since it might not be the case at all. You might discover that you don’t have halitosis (no matter how convinced you are), if you got that second opinion.