No one likes bad breath. The problem is that sometimes it can seem like you brush and brush and use breath mint after breath mint, but the smell just won’t go away. The secret to fixing bad breath though isn’t as secret as you may think.
Bad breath is not a direct result of poor oral hygiene. In fact, the bad smell comes from bacteria stuck inside your mouth. When the bacteria lingers, not only does your breath smell, but the bacteria multiply and the smell gets worse. Naturally then, brushing your teeth is the biggest way to eliminate that bacteria and get rid of the smell.
However, there are plenty of other ways to fight it. We have come up with a few simple tricks to cure bad breath.
Use mouthwash and floss. Both of these go beyond simply brushing to help eliminate bacteria in your mouth, and the less bacteria, the better your breath. Flossing is especially important as it can remove food particles from hard to reach areas. If left unattended, the food will only lead to more and more bacteria.
Try antacids if you have GI problems. Often, GI issues cause the bad smell in your mouth from a result of burping. By using antacids, you can put your stomach at ease.
Watch what you eat. What you eat can both help and hurt you. Some foods such as yogurt can boost the good bacteria in your mouth and help your stomach. This ultimately leads to better breath. At the same time, foods such as onions and garlic that have a strong odor linger after you eat them. These food also have particles that are hard to remove from your mouth and will lead to more bacteria. You can either try to avoid these foods, or you can make a point to brush and floss immediately afterwards so that the particles cannot stick around creating more bacteria.
Drink more water. One of the easiest ways to fix bad breath is to drink more water and get rid of your dry mouth. Without sufficient water, your body will not be able to produce enough saliva to clear bacteria in your mouth. Drinking less coffee and more water is the way to go.
Stay healthy and treat congestion. Bad breath is often a sign of poor overall health, and it often accompanies illnesses such as sinus infections. By treating your congestion or sinus infection right away, you are also treating your bad breath.
If you try these five things, your breath should be smelling better in no time, and you no longer need to be embarrassed. Worrying about how your breath smells will be a thing of the past.