The 21st century is by far the busiest that people have ever been in. We have appointments daily that hinder us from taking the needed breaks that we can get to let our bodies rest. This sometimes includes things like personal hygiene, more specifically, oral health. Most of us don’t notice it but others do, especially when we talk. Nobody would want bad breath in the middle of a presentation or even in our date’s kiss, right? With that in mind, here are 10 things we can easily do in order to stop and prevent bad breath.
Bad breath can be caused by many things, ranging from poor oral hygiene to oral health problems, bacterial infections, some medicine that we intake have foul smell, and even postnasal drip, as it streams to the back of the throat during colds, allergies, and even sinus infections, coupled with poor oral hygiene and not thoroughly cleaning our mouths to flush out food residues at the back of our tonsils and tongues leads to bad breath.
Other causes can be having dry mouth as the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, the use of tobacco and tobacco products as nicotine sticks on our mouth, having an unclean tongue, having gum diseases as waste products from bacteria has a foul odor, which can usually be helped through the use of antibiotic mouth rinse. Diseases that cause bad breath are Fetor hepaticus, bad breath caused by chronic liver failure, bronchial and lung infections, renal failure and infection, Trimethylaminuria or fish odor syndrome, and even a metabolic dysfunction.
There are certain ways to prevent them that we all know of, which is brushing your teeth, yet we do it poorly which leads us to number one, proper brushing of teeth. Proper brushing of teeth means brushing for at least 2 minutes and for twice a day in order to effectively kill the odor-causing bacteria in our mouths.
Number 2 leads us to brush our teeth with baking soda. Baking soda works wonders in our mouth by changing the pH level, limiting the growth of bacteria, especially odor causing ones.
Number 3 is more focused on brushing our tongues as the tongue contains hair-like structures that trap bacteria along the food we eat, brushing it thoroughly means keeping these bacteria away.
Number 4 is very simple, brushing after every meal, although you only really need to brush twice a day, it is recommended to brush every after meal to make sure that your mouth is always fresh and bacteria free. Moving on from the common things we do, we go to the remedies that we can create within our homes.
Starting off with number 5, eating parsley. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, not only the green pigment of leaves but also a well-known breath deodorizer. Simply adding more parsley into your diet or even sipping parsley juice can freshen your breath.
Number 6, eating fresh vegetables, which might seem far-off when it comes to reducing bad breath, but vegetables like carrots and celery can actually fight plaque buildup in our mouth.
Number 7, instead of consuming coffee every morning, replacing it with green or even black tea can help fight bacteria through the antioxidant polyphenols.
Number 8, using mints or some sugar-free gum, although these bring only temporary remedies for bad breaths, it is perfect for when you’re on the go.
Number 9, making use of herbs such as spearmint, rosemary, tarragon, and the aforementioned parsley and chewing them for up to a minute can help remedy bad breath for a considerable amount of time.
Number 10, drinking ample amount of water, as having a dry mouth is essentially one of the most common causes of bad breath, which means simply keeping hydrated can help flush out bacteria in our mouths.