Bad breath lowers ones self-esteem, but it can be cured at home most of the time. Meaning to say, you can spare yourself from embarrassment by doing some simple and easy remedies at home.
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily
Brushing your teeth is the very first thing to do to prevent getting a bad breath because foul smell is from the dirt and bacteria living inside your mouth like in your tongue, gums, and teeth or in-between teeth. There are some who would have another round using baking soda to lower or reduce the acidity content in their mouth and made it difficult for bacteria to grow.
The importance of flossing on the other hand is to remove small food particles in between teeth. These particles are hard to reach and most of the time can’t be removed by just an ordinary manual toothbrushes. Because of this, bacteria will grow and can be the reason of bad breath too.
Scrape or brush your tongue. Make it as a habit!
Tongue scraping or brushing is a process of removing food residue coating the tongue. Buy tongue scraper and us it daily. You can buy it online if you don’t have any time to go to drugstores. Or you can use your toothbrush as an alternative.
Eat Healthy Foods
Eating foods like uncooked onions and garlic causes bad breath. Those foods when ingested and released by our lungs causes halitosis. Furthermore, sugary and acidic foods can also cause foul smell. This is because they produce bacteria that can lead to breath’s bad odor.
So, you better cut down eating foods that are acidic and high in fructose, instead eat foods that increases the flow of saliva like orange vegetables as well as the dark ones; whole grains just like the brown rice; fish, beans, seeds, or nuts; and fruits of course.
Here are the foods that combat bad breath.
- Raw vegetables and fruits. Crisp veggies just like cucumbers and celery; fruits like pears and apples are the foods great for curing bad breath because it helps in producing saliva that aids in cleaning out bacteria that is a reason of foul smell. The crunchiness of the raw vegetables and fruits will act as a scrubber to your teeth, getting rid of particles that are in-between your teeth.
- Probiotic yogurt
Yogurts that are probiotics have good bacteria in it. According to studies, those good bacteria help in lowering the level of sulfite in the mouth. The sulfite is responsible for causing bad breath. However, make sure that the yogurt you have chosen is sugar free.
Based on many studies, cherries are great for getting rid of bad smell. It helps in removing methyl mercaptan gases in the mouth that is one of the reasons of bad breath.
- Green Tea
Green tea has a catechin, an antioxidant. This antioxidant fights the bacteria inside the mouth that is also a reason of getting a bad breath.
- Melons and Citrus
Melons as well as the citrus fruits are good for you but bad for bacteria that causing bad breath. So, if you want to have fresher breath and save yourself from shame, you better include this on your daily diet.
Ginger is known for treating upset stomach, but aside from that it also treats or neutralizes foul smell of the mouth. You can press the ginger and then put this in your lemon juice with warm water that will serve as your simple mouth rinse .
This one trick is actually the very simple among the rest, but most likely undone due to some reasons like you don’t feel like drinking much since you are not used to it. Well, this is true. There are people who can’t even drink a glass of water the whole day. This is why doctors would always advise to drink plenty to avoid numbers of diseases. If there is not enough water in the body, no water to moisturize and produce saliva, hence, the bad odor caused by bacteria will be developed.
Make sure that you are hydrated especially before and after exercising, wherein rapid breathing can lead to dry mouth. Moreover, dry mouth can also happen while you are sleeping. So, make sure to brush and drink water in the morning.
Stop drowning yourself with mouthwash and spending too much with dentists because even at home you can do something to have a fresher breath. In fact, even dentists would advise you to do some of these tricks.