Bad breath is something many people deal with. In some cases, it is caused by the food they have just eaten, while in others it may be a chronical problem and a warning sign of gum disease. Regardless of the reason, it is important to keep your oral health optimal and your breath as fresh as possible. There really is nothing more repelling about a person than bad breath, and I’m sure you don’t want to leave a bad first impression. Fortunately, there are some things that can help you keep your breath fresh all day long without much effort. Of course, brushing your teeth in the morning is one of them, however, some people need more than just that. Here are a few tips to help you keep your smelly breath under control.
Chew gums, but not sugary ones
Your toothbrush is your best companion, but so is a pack of chewing gums. If your breath is kickin’ and your toothbrush is out of reach, then a piece of a minty gum will make things a lot better and your breath fresher. However, make sure to choose a sugar-free kind because adding sugar to the pesky bacteria in your mouth will only make your breath worse. Chewing xylitol mints is ideal in this case as xylitol can prevent tooth decay by reducing the growth of bacteria in your mouth, stopping acid attacks and decreasing the amount of plaque. Chewing xylitol mints is not just cost-effective but they also have a much better taste than most gums. The recommended dosage of xylitol is 6 to 10 grams per day and the recommended way of chewing gums is getting 2 mints after eating.
Clean your tongue
Brushing your teeth is a must to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh, but how many of you are actually cleaning your tongue? Believe it or not, your tongue is one of the dirtiest organs inside your mouth and it collects all sorts of bacteria. So, the next time you brush your teeth – don’t forget to clean this part of your mouth as well. You can use your toothbrush to do it or you can buy a tongue scraper. This is a simple tool that costs only a few dollars and it is very handy. The scraper will remove all bacteria and gunk from your tongue leaving your breath fresh.
Drink enough water
When your mouth becomes dry, your breath becomes worse. Maybe you haven’t noticed this but it does happen. It happens because the bacteria that live in your mouth go through a natural process of releasing a foul gas. Saliva is there to mask this and wash away those smelly germs. To make things better, make sure you drink a lot of water throughout the day. Staying as hydrated as possible during the day will promote the production of saliva, thus keep your mouth stink-free and moist.