Let’s not pretend. We’ve all been guilty of having bad breath at one time or another. The good news is there are plenty of ways you can avoid the stinky breath.
1. Scrape your tongue
Turns out your tongue is a hiding place for lots of nasty bacteria that hate oxygen. This means they hide deep in your mouth, causing inflammation and in turn, creating a funky scent. Avoid the stank by starting a daily tongue scraping habit. You can purchase at the health food store or online. Use each time you brush and floss.
2. Dodge smelly foods
We all know how nasty garlic or onion breath is and it’s not just emanating from your mouth. The stinky stuff actually makes its way into your bloodstream and into your lungs, meaning your breath is tinged with malodour. The best way to avoid this? Don’t overeat onion and garlic!
3. Drink green tea
Green tea has both an antibacterial and deodorant action in your mouth – probably thanks to it being high in antioxidants like polyphenols. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, you could take a polyphenol supplement instead.
4. Sleep well
Sleeping with your mouth open and snoring both decrease saliva production. This won’t come as a surprise to you if you’ve ever woken up with a yucky dry mouth after sleeping on your back. Saliva plays a vital role in mouth health, including keeping your breath sweetly scented. Try sleeping on your side or your stomach instead to keep your mouth from dropping open in your sleep.
Try an alcohol-free mouth rinse after brushing and flossing. Make your own at home with a cup of water, a teaspoon of baking soda and a couple of drops of pure peppermint essential oil. Use within a couple of days. Swish and spit for a fresh mouth.
6. Keep hydrated
Like we mentioned before, saliva production is essential as your spit has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Keep your saliva levels healthy by getting your eight glasses of water a day and keep your breath smelling good.
7. Quit the darts
We don’t call it ‘smoker’s breath’ for no reason. Smoking increases mouth bacteria, causing gum disease and bad breath (and in worse cases, mouth cancer). Ditch the cigarettes for fresher breath and healthier wellbeing.
8. Look after your gums
Gum disease causes bad breath, among other things. Keep it at bay by regularly brushing and flossing and replacing your toothbrush every two to three months. You’ll also want to make sure you’re frequently visiting your dentist so they can keep an eye on your overall dental health.
9. Eat healthy crunchy snacks
Crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots and celery can actually remove other food debris from your teeth and gums. Their crunchy texture also rubs away harmful bacteria keeping your breath fresher.
10. Chew on herbs
A natural and easy remedy for dodgy breath is to chew on fragrant herbs like parsley or mint. This is a neat trick if you’re out to dinner with friends or on a date, just eat your parsley garnish or order a mojito with fresh mint!