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Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a constant curse for some people. Even if you skip the garlic and other smelly foods, you might still find yourself struggling with stinky breath.
The go-to solution for many is to simply pop in a piece of minty fresh gum. And while that might provide some short-term relief, gum won’t address the underlying issues! When it comes to bad breath, it’s fine to cover up the smell now, but you need to identify long-term solutions.
Bad breath is often the sign of poor oral health. Your bad breath could indicate that you’re suffering from something more serious, such as gum disease. Even if you manage to cover up the smell, poor oral health could lead to more serious complications. And as terrible as bad breath might be right now, the long-term implications could be far worse.
That’s why I am going to go over some methods for fighting bad breath throughout the day!
1) Brushing your teeth regularly
Nothing replaces brushing your teeth. Sadly, many Americans aren’t brushing their teeth enough. A survey of 2,000 Americans found that the average American will at least occasionally go 2 days or more without brushing their teeth. The same survey found that 30 percent of Americans brush their teeth just once a day.
When it comes to good oral health, this is unacceptable. You need to brush your teeth at least twice per day, with each session lasting 2 to 3 minutes. Anything less, and you’re more likely to suffer from stinky breath.
2) Keep a bottle of mouthwash in your desk
Need to freshen up your breath while at work? Don’t rely on gum. Instead, keep a bottle of mouthwash in your desk. After your meals, make a quick trip to the bathroom and rinse out your mouth with mouthwash.
You’ll get all the minty freshness gum can provide, but more importantly, rinsing out your mouth with mouthwash will help kill off bacteria and rinse away debris. Make sure you rinse out for at least thirty seconds (60 seconds is ideal). Anything less and you won’t give the mouthwash enough time to kill bacteria.
3) Flossing is a must
Flossing can be a pain but it’s necessary for good oral health and combating bad breath. So here’s the deal: bits of food and debris can become lodged in your teeth. This debris can then turn into a breeding ground for bacteria (yuck!), which is often what’s causing your bad breath.
By getting rid of debris you can keep bacteria levels in your mouth in control. And it’s not just about bad breath, mind you. Bacteria can damage your gums and teeth. So make sure you’re flossing or using a water pick at least once per day.
4) Give your tongue a scrape
Think about the last time you brushed your teeth. Did you brush your tongue? If you did, great! If not, you should start gently scrubbing your tongue each time you brush your teeth. Doing so will scrape away bacteria and debris.
5) Enjoy regular cups of water
Drinking water will help you stay hydrated and healthy. Further, water can also help remove bacteria and debris. Bonus points if you take some time to swish the water around a bit to remove debris. If you drink a lot of soda, consider swapping out soda for water. If you’re missing the carbonation, try a bottle of carbonated water instead.
6) Munch on crispy fruits and vegetables
Another way to move debris is to munch on crispy fruits and vegetables. Carrots, apples, and celery are good choices. These crispy fruits will scrape away debris and bacteria. Keep in mind, however, that your crispy treats could create more debris as food bits become lodged in your teeth.
7) Replace your toothbrush
When it comes to the battle against bad breath and other dental conditions, your toothbrush is constantly on the front line. This means your toothbrush will be worn down quickly and it could also become a haven for bacteria and debris.
One study found that men often go as long as six months without replacing their toothbrush, while women regularly wait three months. Three should be a max, and replacing your toothbrush every other month is a much safer bet.
8) Talk to your dentist
Some patients go out of their way to freshen up their mouths before taking a visit to the dentist’s office. While the staff might appreciate your fresh breath, they also need to know if you’re suffering from any problems, including bad breath. So if you are, make sure you bring it up with your dentist.
Bad breath doesn’t have to be a way of life. By changing your habits, you’ll likely be able to freshen up your breath and eliminate odors. So if you suffer from bad breath, start by following the above tips. And if the stink isn’t going away, reach out to a professional. When there’s a problem, there’s usually a solution and that’s true for nearly any case of bad breath.
Author bio: Ken is a huge fan of living the best life possible. His health is extremely important to him and he currently enjoys helping spread the word about Restore TMJ & Sleep Therapy and educating people about orofacial pain and sleep breathing disorder treatment. Other than that he enjoys blogging, hiking, spending time with friends, and plenty of steak. This article has been reviewed by dental professionals for accuracy.