3 Ways to Tame Bad Breath

Listen Up Fellas – Bad breath is awful. Always. Reducing bad breath? Super easy. Here’s three simple things you can incorporate into your daily routine to blast bad breath:

Get a Tongue Scraper

Brushing, flossing and mouthwashing are all important parts of a daily oral care routine, but adding a tongue scraper can round out a healthy, fresh-breath mouth. Most bad breath is caused by bacteria on the back of the tongue, and a scraper is the best way to get rid of it. (Even better than brushing your tongue and that just feels awkward.)

When you scrape, here’s what you are getting rid of: bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins and dead cells. Scrapers are inexpensive and easy to find. A few sweeps across the tongue everyday goes a long way to a healthier mouth and fresher breath.

Drink More Water

Drinking more water is never a bad thing. It’s great for your overall health, but can also help eliminate bad breath. If you’re dehydrated, your mouth dries out which leads to a reduction in saliva production. Saliva naturally cleans our mouths and without it, bacteria forms and thereby, bad breath.

Water is best to combat dehydration. Some drinks can actually cause bacteria to produce more rapidly. No water? Chewing a stick of gum or sucking on a piece of candy will help produce saliva in a pinch.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted with water before or after a meal to help quell bad breath. Some people have a malodorous mouth because they lack the stomach acids to digest their food. The vinegar acts as an acid to help break down food.

If drinking vinegar doesn’t sound as appealing, making a stronger solution to gargle is also a bad breath buster. The natural acids in the vinegar help reduce bacteria.

Now, there’s no excuse for having bad breath with these easy to access easy to follow tips.

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