How to Combat Bad Breath

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Two old peopleEven though you might feel like a million bucks after indulging in a nice oversized garlic burger, your breath probably smells nothing short of terrifying. Everyone suffers from bad breath at some point during the day— whether it’s morning breath, or you just eat something that leaves your breath smelling a bit..interesting, it can be super embarrassing. However, with these three tips, you can help combat bad breath and not have to worry about covering your mouth up during conversations.

 

Brushing

Brushing your teeth and tongue, especially in the morning, are one of the best ways to start your day off with fresh breath. After eight hours of sleep, your mouth can smell like a garbage can, which to the person sleeping next to you, is a virtual nightmare. Rid your mouth of any bacteria that may have accumulated while you slept, and brush your teeth focusing primarily on your tongue. Once you’re done brushing, be sure to rinse your mouth with water, this will help to freshen your breath a little further.

 

Floss

Yes, flossing is a pain, but it’s an important part of dental hygene, and getting rid of bad breath. By helping to remove any bad breath causing foods that may be trapped in between your teeth, flossing is one of the most helpful ways to get your mouth smelling minty fresh.

 

Drink Water

Water is basically a cure all for everything, including your oral health. By drinking water, it encourages the prodcution of saliva which helps to rid your mouth of food, bacteria, and any other particles that may be contributing to your bad breath. If you’re not in the habit of drinking a lot of water throughout the day, now is the best time! Simply carry around a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up every time it gets empty.

 

Gum and Mints

Sugarless gum and mints are also, and obviously so, a great way to help minimize the odors caused by bad breath. Not only does the mint flavor help to cover up any smell, but as with water, they stimulate the production of saliva.

 

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, and you can’t seem to get rid of it, it might be a sign of a more severe disorder such as gum disease. Meet with your dentist to get to the root of the problem.

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