Bad breath is awful. Always. Naturally reducing bad breath? Super easy. Here are five simple things you can incorporate into your daily routine to blast bad breath:
Try a Tongue Scraper
We all know that brushing your teeth, flossing your gums, and rinsing with mouthwash are vital to your daily hygiene routine and help fight bad breath. The next step is adding a tongue scraper to round out your fresh mouth. Most bad breath is caused by food that remains on your gums or on your tongue. You’re already flossing your gums, so it makes sense to pair that up with a tongue scraper. It gets you cleaner than brushing your tongue and, let’s be honest, that just felt awkward anyway. When you scrape, you are getting rid of all kinds of smelly stuff: bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins and dead cells. Think of it as an exfoliator for you mouth. Scrapers are inexpensive and easy to find, and a few sweeps across the tongue everyday goes a long way to a healthier mouth and fresher breath.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water helps you in so many ways, including the battle against bad breath. H2O is your number one fella if you’re feeling dehydrated, and dehydration has a lot to do with bad breath. If you’re parched, you have a reduction in saliva production, and this leads to a dry mouth. Saliva naturally cleans our mouths and without it, bacteria forms. Bacteria = bad breath. Chewing gum and popping a mint improves the smell of your mouth for this same reason. Candy and gum do have their own flavors, but they mostly work to create saliva like you’ve been drinking water. Filling up your own plastic bottle is cheaper than buying a pack of gum, and a little more water would do us all some good.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Some people have a malodorous mouth because they lack the stomach acids required to properly digest their food. To combat this, drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted with water before or after a meal. The vinegar acts as an acid to help break down food. If you don’t think you can handle swallowing vinegar or it upsets your stomach, then try making a little stronger solution and gargling. The natural acids in the vinegar help reduce bacteria. If it feels like you’ve attempted all kinds of tactics for bad breath, it might be time you give this a try to see if the problem is actually rooted in your stomach.
Oil pulling a new health craze that is a good trend for your all around oral hygiene. If you haven’t heard of it, it calls for you to swish a tablespoon of olive, coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for, in an ideal world, 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning. Then rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth. 15-20 minutes sounds long time in the a.m., but if you think about the amount of time you spend doing things to get ready in the morning that don’t require you to eat or talk, then it starts to sound a little bit more manageable. Swish it while you get dressed, brew coffee, style your hair, make breakfast, let the dog outside, make the bed etc. Not only does oil pulling kill harmful bacteria and therefore combat bad breath, but it also helps whiten teeth, heal sore gums and fight cavities. It’s a good substitute if you aren’t a fan of mouthwash because you find it too strong, painful or simply ineffective. You can use it in conjunction with mouthwash, too; Use your regular minty liquid every day and try oil pulling once a week.
Diet and breath are obviously associated, but adjusting what you eat to improve your breath doesn’t mean eliminating Caesar salad dressings and raw onions. It can simply be adding more green to your life. All green plants contain chlorophyll and this acts as a deodorizer for not only your fowl breath but for body odor, too. All green plants have chlorophyll but especially the leafy ones like spinach. Also, these guys are pretty good for your digestive system. When that is running smoothly, you are less likely to have that acid reflux that causes smelly breath.
If you don’t like bad breath, you aren’t alone, but it’s not hard to figure out a way to combat it. It’s never in style, so no more excuses, don’t let yours stick around.