Bad breath — it’s a problem we’ve all been familiar with at one point or another in our lives. When we speak, sometimes there is a waft of dreadful odor that comes from our mouths and it will cut any intimate conversation short. Bad breath is a frustrating problem. Do you keep a pack of gum in your pocket forever? Do you steal off to the washroom to brush your teeth at every opportunity? Do you buy expensive toothpaste that promise morning freshness? Or, do you just start standing farther away from people when you talk to them?
Let’s assume that bad breath can be treated — and in most cases it can. For some people, it is a condition linked to genetics and thus it is more difficult to fight. Here is a quick list of tools you can use, an arsenal if you will, to wage a successful campaign against the bacteria in your mouth.
— If you use a conventional toothbrush, try switching to an electric one. It’s easier to brush with, it does a better job, and its swirling heads excavate the crevices between your teeth, which is where bad bacteria lurk. Often equipped with a timer, an electric toothbrush can also ensure you brush your teeth for the proper length of time as well.
— Here are two other bathroom ideas: First, remember to floss — it’s not just meant to be done by your dentist’s assistant. It is seriously needed to remove food and grime between your teeth. The stinky bacteria use this food to nourish themselves!
Second, brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. The tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria, so give it a good cleaning as well. You can also, if willing, buy tongue cleaners from the pharmacy that will deliver a potent freshness to your mouth.
— Back to the idea of gum: It actually works to prevent bad breath beyond just masking it with a spearmint flavor. Chose the right gum. Sugar-free gum stimulates your salivary glands, which helps keep your mouth moist and not dry. Dryness is how bad breath occurs.
A great ingredient in gum is called “xylitol” and it has been proven to prevent periodontal disease, which is also known as tooth decay. Some gums contain ingredients that help re- mineralize teeth. Chewing gum is more than an idle activity; it can help keep your mouth in working order and your breath under control.
— Keep your mouth moist and hydrated. The reason morning breath is particularly offensive is that you have been breathing throughout the night and your mouth is very dry as a result. Saliva is a natural prevention your body takes against bacteria.
Also, don’t talk all day long, as this can also cause your mouth to become dry. If you are in a talking profession, chew gum (if you can) or eat favorable lunches that really spark your salivary glands.
— Identify the problem foods you are eating, which are the worst offenders. Some foods — such as garlic, onions, meat, pastrami, coffee, and red wine — are known to trigger bad breath. Instead, eat more fruits and fiber-rich vegetables, which are known to reduce the incidence of bad breath.