We all love being fresh and leaving a good impression on the people we meet. Bad breath can be such a pain. It’s even worse if it remains persistent even after brushing/flossing your teeth. To avoid the embarrassment, there are different things you can do to give you the fresh breath that you really deserve.
1. Use a tongue scraper
Your tongue needs cleaning too. Even after brushing your teeth, some food residue still remains at the back of your tongue that may be causing the issue.
This can be dealt with by using tongue scrapers to clean the tongue. You put it at the back of your tongue and bring it forward gently along the tongue. You can repeat this process a couple of times till you feel confident that your tongue is clean.
This is exceptionally helpful to people with coated tongues. These are tongues that have a coat due to a buildup of bacteria, debris and dead cells. It is caused by smoking, poor oral hygiene, use of some medication, dryness of the mouth or yeast infection.
2. Be conscious about what you eat
What you eat is not just important for losing weight and keeping off diseases, it is also important to help get rid of bad breath. Below are some foods and drinks that you ought to control if you want fresh breath:
Alcohol and coffee leave your mouth dry. This enables the odor-causing bacteria that to breed. If you suffer from bad breath you need to reduce or even stop drinking these two.
The odors emitted by onions, cheese and garlic have a tendency of sticking to gums and teeth, leaving a foul smell in your mouth. Once they are ingested in your system, their foul-smelling chemicals move through your blood into the lungs and guess what? You breathe them out.
People with a persistent condition should avoid eating raw garlic and onion. They do not have the same nasty effects to your breath when cooked.
3. Keep your mouth hydrated
Bad breath can be caused by a dry mouth. Saliva helps to clean up bacteria and debris from your mouth.
Make sure you drink lots of water daily. Some experts recommend up to 15 glasses of water per day (3.7 liters) for men and 11 glasses for women (2.7 liters. Yes, those are high standards but strive to get as close to that as possible.
You can also make sure you walk around with some chewing gum or candy. Just make sure they are sugar-free.
4. Visit a doctor
If you have a severe condition even after doing all the above, consider visiting a doctor. They will treat any underlying cause of your condition.
If your halitosis is caused by recurring tonsillitis or tonsil stones, doctors may prescribe medication or even surgically remove your tonsils.
Stomach conditions such as ulcers or reflux can make you burp and release gas. Doctors can prescribe an antacid to treat this. For lactose intolerant people, lactase tablets may help.
Other health conditions that will need treatment include gum diseases, cavities, diabetes, chronic bronchitis or kidney, or liver disease. It’s important to also just schedule regular dental checkups to get advice from your dentist about your oral health.
It feels really bad to have persistent halitosis. By scraping your tongue, being conscious of what you eat, keeping your mouth hydrated and visiting a doctor when necessary, you can avoid the challenges that come with this. At the end of this, you will feel good when you breathe again. Especially due to the fact that you will finally have fresh breath.