How To Fix Your Bad Breath

We have all been there: for what ever reason, we end up in close proximity with someone who has the worst breath imaginable. Whether they just ate a whole lot of garlic or haven’t brushed their teeth in days, we can smell their breath and it makes us cringe.

Or… wait… is that YOUR breath that’s causing that smell?

There are a number of reasons why we suffer from bad breath. More often than not it is due to improper oral hygiene. If you are not brushing your teeth twice a day and for at least two minutes per brush, this may very well be the reason for your stinky breath.

If you have been brushing your teeth, it’s time to break out that dental floss and get out any food that has become trapped between your teeth. Not taking care of your teeth and gums regularly can also cause a number of gum diseases, most of which can cause bacteria to harbor in the gums and cause bad breath.

Foods are definitely also to blame for bad breath. We all know that garlic and onions are often a cause for horrible breath, though usually brushing your teeth afterwards or chewing a piece of gum will take care of that odor.

Alcoholic products and tobacco also are prime candidates for causing bad breath, so you may want to withhold enjoying either of these while on that next hot date.

Sleep is also a common cause for bad breath, which has caused for the term “morning breath” to come about. The flow of our saliva decreases significantly during our sleep, so the bacteria are not being flushed out. It then has a nice warm and relatively dry environment to grow in, which results in bad breath.

Lastly, chronic diseases or illnesses can easily be the cause of bad breath. If you happen to have diabetes, a liver or kidney disorder, or cancer, bad breath is a likely side effect.

How to put a Stop to Bad Breath

The easiest way to put a stop to having bad breath is to completely avoid any foods that you know will cause you to have bad breath. Skip on the onions and the garlic during your next meal if you can help it.

TIP: The old wives tale about eating parsley to help cleanse your pallet and your breath after a meal rings true. If you have parsley as a garnish, take advantage of it and pop a sprig or two into your mouth!

The next easiest way to put a stop to you bad breath woes is to dust off your tooth brush and start brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. This is essential to removing the plaque, tartar, bacteria, ad food particles that can be causing your bad breath. While you are brushing your teeth, make sure that you also rush your tongue and the insides of your cheek.

Drinking tea and drinking a lot of water will also work wonders in helping control any bad breath. Staying as hydrated as possible will help prevent your mouth from drying out, and tea contains polyphenol, a compound that actually slows the growth of that bad breath bacteria.