Here are some good ways to keep your breath minty fresh!
1. Brush your teeth twice a day
Duh. Sounds like a no-brainer right? But many people only brush once a day.
A good brushing regimen of brushing in the morning and brushing in the evening will help you curb bad breath and prevent yellow teeth.
You want the fluoride to wash away nasty bacteria. Also, it’s important to brush your tongue because that’s usually the main cause of bad breath in over 60% of cases of halitosis. If you notice a film of white on your tongue, it’s a case of bacteria you may want a tongue scraper to handle.
Get a tongue scraper. These little babies work wonders! You’ll be amazed at how well a clean tongue will keep your breath fresh.
2. Floss at least once a day
This is very important because leftover food particles can get stuck between your teeth, which can cause gingivitis, yellowing teeth or other diseases.
Bacteria grows around the food and severely causes bad breath. Get rid of the plaque with a good mint floss even on your tongue to enhance your breath.
3. Avoid eating onions and garlic regularly
Although these are good foods and spices for your health, try to use these sparingly because they linger on your breath for a while.
If you are getting ready to go on a hot date, make sure your meal before your night on the town does include these foods and spices. In case you are on the go, you can always opt to buy travel size mouthwash bottles or packets for a quick fix up in the bathroom.
Whether you use peroxide or a minty mouthwash, it’s all up to you. The great thing is it kills a lot of bacteria in your mouth overall.
Also, the fluoride helps decrease your chance for tooth decay. That’s something you never want to experience because it’s a very painful process.
I’m a big fan of Listerine. It’s a classic brand and it works well. Just make sure you scrape your tongue before using to get the best, lasting results.
5. Stay hydrated
Ever get that dry, sticky feeling in your mouth when you’re thirsty?
Well that dry mouth usually brings on bad breath. Drinks lots of water not only because it helps your breath, but it’s good for your overall health. Always nourish your body with tons of fluids.
6. Check for infections
Sinus infections can cause bad breath. Discharge that collects in your sinuses and then drips down the back of your throat (also called post nasal drip) can leave a nasty taste in your mouth.
If this sounds like your problem, check with your doc. Antibiotics can clear it right up.
At times, you may get tonsil stones due to your tonsils fighting off bacteria. If you notice that’s it quite excessive, you may have inflammation of your tonsils and want to get them checked out. If you remove your tonsils, it may take away some of the bacteria down your throat.
7. Eat your yogurt
Yogurt is good for settling your stomach and adding good bacteria to your body.
A lot of the times it’s what you put into your body that gives you a bad output. You can also add a fruit to your meal such as an apple to help cleanse your teeth and give you a better breath. Be sure to floss in case the apple gets stuck in your teeth.
If you have teeth susceptible to decay, this is a good way of keeping your breath fresh.
Although gum may not have a lot of sugar like in most foods, chewing for hours on end can definitely mess with your teeth. Also, you will help moisten your mouth and prevent dry mouth.
9. Lower your intake of alcohol, soda, or juice
Excess sugar attracts bad breath for a few reasons. One, tooth decay creates a foul odor on your teeth due to opening the gates for bacteria. Two, alcohol increase your rate of dehydration especially if you’re at the point of getting inebriated. Three, you need to get your pH balance restored due to the acidity level in your mouth.
10. Get regular checkups
A good diagnosis of some mouth problems will put you on a better path for good health. Also, you’ll appreciate a thorough clean every 6 months for long term benefits. Book a dentist appointment so you can get your teeth cleaned.
Use these steps to help you promote fresh breath on a long term basis.