Whether your mouth smells in the morning or you have some sort of awful halitosis, we all could probably use some tips on curing bad breath. Getting rid of bad breath isn’t as easy as one may think. We’ve compiled some really great tips. For example, did you know that one of the amazing uses for lemon is to cure bad breath through its high content of germ and bacteria killing vitamin C? In many cases, bad breath comes from the GI tract or even the lungs. If nothing on our lists seems to help, you should look into the matter in depth by visiting your doctor. Let’s take a look at 10 ways to cure bad breath.
10. Use Toothpaste and Floss
I bet you all know by now that the human mouth is ridden with millions of bacteria. Out of around 700 types of bacteria that live inside your mouth, researchers have studies almost half of them, so they we don’t really know what causes bad breath. Still, the best thing you can do is brush your teeth using toothpaste and also floss regularly. If there is food between your teeth, your breath will smell.
9. Rinse Your Mouth After Eating
It may be hard to believe, but simply rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking acidic beverages will help get rid of traces of food or sugar. These things would otherwise remain in your mouth and teeth for hours and cause bad breath. Make sure you rinse really well and do not swallow the water.
8. Eat Lots of Vitamin C Foods
Bacteria hate vitamin C! Fruits high in vitamin C kill the bacteria that sits in your mouth. The more fruit you eat, the better your breath will get. A tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice will drastically improve your breath in a matter of seconds. Make sure you squish it around in your mouth for a few seconds before spitting it out. Don’t swallow it. You’ll get all of that bacteria in your stomach.
7. Quit Smoking
Of course smoking will give you bad breath. It’s not just the smell from the cigarettes that is causing your bad breath; smoking encourages oral infections and disease. It causes plaque buildup and gives you a dry mouth (which makes the bacteria grow). Quit smoking. Not just so you can rid yourself of bad breath, but to live a healthier and longer life.
6. Clean Your Tongue
We brush our teeth to get rid of the bacteria on and in between our teeth, but we often forget that our tongue has plenty of bad breath causing bacteria on it. Every time you brush your teeth, remember to also brush your tongue and also your cheeks. If think you need it, get a tongue cleaner for better results.
5. Don’t Rely on Gum
So, you want to magically cure bad breath, do you? We hate to break it to you, but there’s no way to do that. Relying on chewing gum is not going to help cure bad breath. It will only mask your bad breath for a while. The industry has pretty much trained us into chewing gum after every meal, which only helps them make more money.
4. Get Rid of Your Tonsil Stones
Tonsil stones a yellow, small and soft stones that are found in the crevasses of your tonsils. They sometimes dislodge themselves and end up either in your mouth or in your stomach. If you’ve ever had one in the mouth and broke it, then you know how horrible they smell. They’re food residue that collects in your tonsils and they are a very important cause of bad breath. You can remove them yourself with a mirror and a Q tip, or go to your dentist.
3. Drink Water
Did you know that a dry mouth will cause bad breath? That is the main reason why our mouth smells in the morning. When you sleep, your body produces less saliva than it does when you’re away. Saliva and water deters the growth of bacteria, so if you want your mouth not to small badly, you should drink plenty of water at all times. Not to mention it’s really good for you.
2. Identify the Foods to Blame
The food you eat influences your breath. It’s as simple as that. Garlic, onion and fish cause your breath to smell badly hours after you’ve eaten them. Meat also gives your mouth a foul smell because it gets stuck between your teeth and bacteria starts eating away at it. The result is really bad breath. Examine your diet and see what causes your bad breath so that you can eliminate the culprits.
1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
If you still have bad breath after you’ve done everything in your power to cure your bad breath, then maybe it’s your teeth and not something you’ve had to eat or drink. You should visit your dentist and maybe they can help. Either way, you should visit your dentist every year if you want to keep your teeth well into your old age.
Do you know other ways to cure bad breath? Care to share them with us? Drop us a line in the comment section below and tell us what they are! We sure could use more tips like this!