There’s no turnoff worse than bad breath. While body odor can make you unpopular on a rush hour train and equally unpleasant in a crowded room, nothing screams ‘poor hygiene’ like bad breath. From smelly foods to morning breath, removing bad breath and keeping your mouth in a fresh, conversation-friendly state should be one of anyone’s top hygienic priorities.
Bad breath occurs for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is eating smelly foods like onions and garlic. These foods are incredibly nutrient rich and packed with energy, but they don’t smell particularly nice. Because of this, eating even small quantities of them can cause a nasty odor to stick to your tongue for hours at a time.
Another key cause is not eating enough. That’s right — not only can food cause bad breath, but not eating food can cause equally nasty breath. When you go for long periods of time without a source of nutrition, your mouth produces more saliva, which has a distinctly foul natural smell.
Preventing bad breath is fairly simple by applying a few tips and principles to your life. Before you get dressed and ready for work, remember these simple rules for keeping your breath at its best.
1. Eat every four hours, even if it’s just a light snack.
Your breath will deteriorate over time if you don’t eat. Eating more frequently encouraged the production of fresh saliva, which replaces the stagnant saliva that sits in your mouth all day.
2. Use a freshness spray or mouthwash, but do so sparingly.
Using mouthwash to keep your breath fresh isn’t a bad idea, but it’s important not to overdo it. Many brands of mouthwash contain alcohol, which can dry your mouth and make it smell even worse if you use it too often.
3. Drink water throughout the day.
Water is truly a miracle potion. As well as regulating your body’s weight and temperature, it keeps your mouth free of the ‘dry tongue’ smell that bothers office workers everywhere. Use a small sipper bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
4. Wash your mouth with water regularly.
You don’t need mouthwash to keep your breath fresh. By rinsing your mouth using fresh water at regular intervals, you’ll smell better and feel more fresh at the same time. All it takes is a quick swig of water to keep your mouth fresh and bacteria free.
5. Brush your tongue every morning.
Have you ever woke up to see your tongue covered in a green-white film? While almost all of us brush our teeth in the morning, not everyone brushes their tongue. Gently brush your tongue to remove the nasty bacteria-covered film that clings to it in the morning.
Serious bad breath issues and recurring bad breath are best dealt to by an experience doctor or dentist. Dr. Pat Crawford, a well-known dentist in Kenosha, has helped patients improve smelly breath and poor dental health through a variety of natural methods. On of the best methods is to come in and visit the dentist for a regular cleaning and exam. Preventing problems is better than finding out about them later.