How to get rid of bad breath
There is nothing worse than talking to someone face to face for a long time, getting up to go to the bathroom or anything and realizing you have bad breath. While bad breath is definitely not always caused by a poor dental hygiene, everyone assumes it is and it is incredibly embarrassing when they tell you about it. Bad breath is caused by accumulation of bacteria in the mouth, which can happen for a number of reasons: it can indeed be caused by poor dental hygiene, but it can also be because food you recently ate, gingivitis or just for the natural accumulation of bacteria that happens over night. If you do not want to go through the embarrassing situation of someone discretely telling you that you should eat a mint, here are some of the things you can do to get rid of that bad breath:
- Constantly drink plenty of water –especially before going to sleep-
Our mouths are a natural home for bacteria; it is in our saliva and helps us predigest food before swallowing it. The thing is that while regular amounts of bacteria are perfectly healthy and do not produce any noticeable odors, since our mouth is always warm and moist, it can very quickly become a perfect home for bacteria to thrive. Drinking plenty of water during the day not only helps us stay well hydrated, but it also prevents bacteria from piling up and producing bad breath.
This is exactly the reason behind the famous morning breath. While we are sleeping, we spend around eight hours without putting the bacteria in our mouths to use with food, and since we also do not drink water while we are sleeping, they accumulate overnight. Drinking a glass of water before going to bed and a glass of water immediately after waking up can go a long way helping us fight the morning breath.
- Replace your toothbrush every two months
If you are wondering why you have such bad breath when you properly brush your teeth at least three times a day, you should know that the answer might be your toothbrush.
Toothbrushes are made from delicate materials to go easy on your gums and the internal part of your cheeks, but at the same time they must be strong enough to properly clean your teeth and remove traces of food that might be between them. The thing is that the proper way to brush your teeth is somewhat rough, which damages your toothbrush very quickly. You should buy a new toothbrush every two or three months to make sure yours is in the best condition possible at all times if you want to fight bad breath.
- Scrape your tongue every morning
You would be surprised to find out how many people ignore that cleaning your tongue is also an essential part of dental hygiene. As we said before, bacteria are responsible for bad breath and they tend to accumulate all around the mouth. The thing is that while many people brush their teeth –which at the same time cleanses the internal part of the cheeks with the back of the toothbrush- on a regular basis, they often forget to clean their tongue, which is a perfect place for bacteria to accumulate.
The solution for this problem, if your toothbrush does not come with an included tongue cleaner, is to scrape your tongue every morning with a spoon, from as far back as you can go to the tip. Scraping two or three times is a great way to remove lots of bacteria –if there are many, you might even see a white gooey substance in the spoon afterwards- and greatly reduce the bad breath problem.
- Chew on mint, parsley or basil on a regular basis
If you have done all the things so far on this list and you are still struggling to get rid of your bad breath, you could try chewing on some green leaves. Green leaves contain a substance called chlorophyll that is great at neutralizing odors, which could help you with your bad breath problem, especially if it is only originated from something you recently ate and not a hygiene problem related to your toothbrush.
- Go to your dentist
If none of the above remedies seem to work for you, your bad breath might be caused by cavities or wounds inside your teeth or gums that you may miss while looking at the mirror instead of by a superficial accumulation of bacteria.
While it is important to pay your dentist a visit at least twice a year to make sure everything is in order and to get useful advice on how to better take care of your teeth, if you feel like you have been experiencing severe bad breath recently and brushing, scraping, drinking water or chewing on leaves does not seem to work, it is entirely possible that you have a different condition than only a trained dentist can identify and treat. If you describe to him if the symptoms are more severe during the morning, evening or night, for how long you have had the problem, what your diet is and how often you brush your teeth, he could certainly help you identify the root of your problem and even prescribe you meds in case they are really necessary.
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