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Bad Breath? Here Are 24 Things You Can Do To Keep It Away

Bad breath is not a disease but actually a symptom of an underlying problem. It is generally caused by either one or all of these 3 things. Diet, poor dental hygiene and health problems. It is especially important to keep bad breath at bay during important events like a date or a job interview. Below are 24 things that you can do to keep your breath clean.

  1. Rinse With Water
  2. Even if you have a mouthwash ready in hand, rinse your mouth with water first every time after a meal. It helps dislodge food that is stuck around your teeth and gums and helps to balance the mouth’s pH after ingesting acidic food and beverages.

  3. Gargle Mouthwash
  4. Worth the space at the little corner of your office drawer. As long as it is marked as an antiseptic and reduces plaque, it will help. Oral B and Crest Multicare are two common mouthwash brands dentists recommend.

  5. Brush Your Teeth
  6. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal as it is most effective in preventing cavities.

  7. Drink Water
  8. Drinking water certainly helps a lot. It helps form saliva from well-hydrated saliva glands, and saliva is full of oxygen which kills bacteria in your mouth. Ideally, you should drink 125ounces/3.7liters if you are a man and 91ounces/2.7liters if you are a woman. An average cup is about 8ounces/0.25liters.

  9. Scrape Your Tongue
  10. A tongue cleaner, aka tongue brush and tongue scraper, is designed to clean those bad boys (bacteria and fungi) at the back of your tongue. The volatile sulphur compounds created by them account for almost all cases of bad breath. A toothbrush is not efficient enough. Get a tongue scraper (costs less than $10) and use it at least once a day, before you go to bed. If you are too poor to buy one, an inverted spoon may also do the job.

  11. Chew gum
  12. Chewing sugarless gum that contains Xylitol not only stimulates saliva (reducing dry mouth and bad breath), but it also prevents oral bacteria from producing acid.

  13. Crunchy Fruits/Vegetables
  14. There are 2 ways that crunchy fruits help in the fight against bad breath. One, the act of crunchy food being chewed around your mouth helps scrape off plaque buildups that are responsible for causing mild, infrequent forms of bad breath. Two, it increases saliva production. Three, raw guava, celery, apple, cucumber and carrots are high in fiber and vitamins, especially immune boosting vitamin C.

  15. Oil Pulling/Swishing
  16. Oil pulling is simply an act of swirling untoasted sesame oil around the mouth for about 5 minutes. It has been proven to be effective at reducing plaque and oral bacterial load. Do note that the longer you push and pull the oil through your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free. However, be careful not to swallow as swishing renders it full of toxins. Best done first thing in the morning when you wake up.

  17. Try Neem
  18. Neem is a very powerful natural antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral that comes from a tree that originated in India. The bark, branches, leaves and oil can all be used to freshen your breath (not to mention all the other things Neem can be used for). Pay a visit to your nearest local Asian grocer and check out the neem products on offer like toothpaste, mouthwash, teabags, etc. Or you can simply Amazon or eBay it.

  19. Essential Oils
  20. Essential oils are antimicrobial, killing bacteria that causes bad breath and inhibiting their growth. The most potent essential oils are those from bay leaves, cinnamon, clove and thyme. Introduce more of them to your everyday diet.

  21. Chlorophyll
  22. Chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plant tissue, is a natural deodorizer, contains many useful trace nutrients, is an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory. Green leafy vegetables like kale, collard, spinach and herbs like parsley, dill, cilantro are high in chlorophyll. That parsley garnish on the side of your dish isn’t as useless as you think.

  23. Avocado
  24. As unknown as it is, avocados improve sore gums and is very efficient in dealing with intestinal putrefaction or decomposition. It aids in changing the intestinal flora to combat digestive problems especially due to colitis or biliousness.

  25. Fennel Seeds
  26. Munching 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds will sweeten your breath naturally. In addition to increasing the production of saliva (which washes out bacteria), fennel seeds have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative (relieves flatulence), decongestant, and antispasmodic properties.

  27. Pumpkin/Squash Seeds
  28. Zinc deficiency is a possible cause of bad breath. The mineral is a known antimicrobial and aids in the neutralization and elimination of harmful germs. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most convenient sources of zinc apart from oysters, beef and spinach.

  29. Hydrogen Peroxide
  30. Hydrogen peroxide, commonly found in any local drugstore, is very effective in removing bad breath. The oxygen in the hydrogen peroxide kills mouth bacteria that causes bad breath. Mix 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water and gargle thoroughly for 2 minutes.

  31. Whole Milk
  32. Whole milk is more effective than skim milk at reducing garlic breath as it contains more fat, the sulphur neutralizing compound. Ice cream works too.

  33. Take Probiotics
  34. A poor digestive system can lead to excess gas, much of which leaves through your mouth. Supplement with probiotic flora or eat more probiotic rich foods like yogurt. Additionally, a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar taken with water right before a meal helps you digest better.

  35. Dentist Once A Year
  36. If you are a smoker, diabetic and have gum disease, see a dentist every 3-4 months. If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and at work, plus your dentist doesn’t find any cavities or gum disease for a few years, a visit once a year is totally fine.

  37. Avoid Alcohol
  38. Drinking alcohol, especially in any kind of quantity, will definitely give you dry mouth. It dehydrates every part of your body, not only your mouth. You see, saliva serves to clear away germs and debris that can linger in your mouth and cause bad breath.

    alcohol = dry mouth = no saliva = germs grow = bad breath

  39. Avoid Caffeine
  40. Caffeine, like alcohol, slows down saliva production. Additionally, the sulfurous content of coffee can be broken down by breath causing bacteria to produce odor. Moreover, coffee has a very strong odor that smells worse than it tastes.

  41. Avoid Garlic And Onions
  42. The only thing stronger than a mother’s love is garlic breath. It could taint your breath for as long as 3 days! Although garlic and onions contain excellent antibacterial properties, the sulfuric compounds that give them their color and taste are similar to the compounds that are produced by the anaerobic bacteria that causes bad breath. Even after it is absorbed into the blood stream, odors still exist because they are transferred to the lungs where they are expelled. As a result, no matter how much you clean and brush your mouth, the garlic odor will still exist in the air you exhale.

  43. Avoid Dry Salty Foods
  44. Bad breath, canker sores and gum disease can all arise over time if you are constantly consuming junk food. Since most junk and fast food lack the proper vitamins and minerals the mouth and body need to stay functioning properly, bacteria and germs are able to prosper and cause issues. They tend to rot in your intestines because your body has a hard time digesting some of the ingredients. Toxins from these foods then get released out of the body through the mouth and your pores making you reek.

  45. Avoid High Sugar Content Drinks
  46. Sugar encourages oral bacteria growth and that causes bad breath. It could also lead to tooth decay.

  47. Avoid Smoking
  48. The most immediate way that cigarettes cause bad breath is by leaving smoke particles in the throat and lungs. The smell of a freshly smoked cigarette can linger in the lungs for hours, hence the stale scent associated with smoker’s breath. Repeatedly inhaling hot gases dries out the tongue and gums, leaving a dry chemical filled environment considered paradise to oral bacteria. Moreover, the chemicals in tobacco smoke remain in the mouth, leading to a host of secondary causes of bad breath like gum disease. In general, smoking is bad for your health and you should seriously consider quitting.

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