- Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:22
- Written by Super User
1. Don’t Forget Your Tongue - While brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are important, be sure not to leave your tongue out of the routine. Because bad breath is caused by food particles and bacteria leftover in your mouth, mainly in-between teeth. Of course brushing and flossing are most important, but think of your tongue as being your mouth’s carpet. You wouldn’t clean a room in your house without finishing the job with a good vacuum. The same goes for your mouth. You can simply use your toothbrush or invest in a tongue cleaner. Simply add it to your daily routine to eliminate more bacteria from your mouth and help to improve your breath.
2. Chew Gum as Much as Possible - You read that correctly. Want better breath? Chew more gum! The reason being is that saliva is your best weapon against bad breath. Dry mouth, which can be caused by many medications or simply by not getting enough hydration, can lead to bad breath. Gum helps your mouth to produce more saliva, and thus will help fight off bad breath!
Another kicker is to go for a sugar free option when choosing your gum. Obviously having a wad of sugary gum in your mouth isn’t going to help your teeth. A gum that is sweetened with xylitol is the best choice. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that not only increases salivation, but it also works to prevent bacteria from replicating in your mouth.
3. Cinnamon Above All Others - Typically people are drawn to minty gums because our toothpastes and rinses are typically of the mint variety. However, next time you purchase a pack, try out cinnamon. A recent study done on Big Red found that cinnamon just may have odor fighting capabilities. The other flavors tend to just cover up a smell, whereas cinnamon might help to fight the bacterial build-up in your mouth head on. And of course, make it sugar-free!
4. Water: Great for Breath Too, Who knew? Add good breath to the many benefits of drinking more water daily. Since bad breath is caused by dry mouth, hydrating yourself is one of the main keys to keeping a good amount of saliva in your mouth.
5. Rule Out Rare Causes - While bad breath can most often be handled with simple hygienic measures, there are rare occasions that something more serious is going on under the surface. If you feel that your bad breath may really be on the chronic side (meaning you’ve done everything in your power to control it), make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist should be able to pinpoint cavities, decay, or even gum disease that could be causing the bad breath. In rare incidences, bad breath can be caused by a medical condition, seek the advice of your doctor if your dentist has ruled out all dental causes for your bad breath issue.
6. Eat Some Bread - This one may surprise you a bit. Bad breath can be caused from not having enough carbohydrates in your diet. So if you are on one of the popular low-carb diets out there, it may benefit you to have a slice of bread daily. You can try one of the aforementioned solutions to mask the odor, but the root of the problem may be the lack of carbs. Trying adding a slice to your daily menu and it may just do the trick.
7. Use a Water Pick - Since you can’t truly clean your entire mouth with a toothbrush, you may want to try using a water pick. Think of it as a hose for your mouth that you can use to rinse everything out of your teeth and reach the hard to get areas between teeth and gums. If you don’t remove the food from your mouth, it will start to ferment and really stink. Ever sniff your floss after flossing? Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about. Eww.
8. Get a Second Opinion - It may all be in your head. If you’ve tried all of the above and still think you have bad breath, you may just be paranoid. Go ahead and ask a friend to give you an opinion. And make it a close friend, just in case the results come back negative!