Few things are more embarrassing than realising you’ve got smelly breath. Poor oral hygiene habits, your favourite foods and even lifestyle choices, such as smoking and excessive drinking, can all cause odour-causing bacteria build-up in your mouth. Chances are you won’t be able to pick up on it if it isn’t pointed out to you, so why not be proactive and use these tips to avoid bad breath.
How to get rid of bad breath – 3 ways:
Pungent food (yes, garlic, we’re talking about you!) causes smelly sulphur compounds to form. These are then absorbed into the bloodstream and expelled when you exhale. Eating dairy and raw vegetables will freshen breath and – as a bonus – can even help whiten your teeth. If all else fails, pop two Garlict peppermint-infused capsules with some water after your meal to neutralise any funny business so you can get on with enjoying all your favourites!
Avoid alcohol, smoking and coffee
So you might be able to cut down on smoking and have one less cocktail, but do you really need to give up your sacred cup of joe in the morning? Not entirely. However, they can all make your breath smell because they tend to dry out your mouth. When there is less saliva present in the mouth, bacteria is able to linger, meaning your breath won’t be smelling great. Sugar-free gum is great for stimulating the production of saliva, which is good for overall oral hygiene. If the mere thought of chewing gum for hours makes your jaw hurt, up your water intake to prevent dry mouth – win!
Clean your tongue
Around 90% of bad-breath germs come from the bacteria that lives on your tongue. Most of us forget to brush our tongues when we’re brushing our teeth, so be sure to include this vital step in your daily routine. You can take it up a notch by investing in a tongue cleaner, which is more effective than just brushing alone. Try the Ayurvedic Tongue Cleaner, Faithful To Nature. And don’t forget to floss twice a day to remove the morsels of food that get trapped between your teeth throughout the day.