8 Ways to Avoid Bad Breath


By Cody Frank

Bad breath affects millions of people daily. Perhaps you just woke up or you have a severe case of halitosis. Halitosis is when a person has chronically bad breath. Not a convenient thing. Bad breath occurs because of several reasons: plaque, the invisible bacteria that creates the unpleasant smell in breath odor, plaque can also build up to tartar that causes a stench, cavities or gum disease, and other diseases/health problems.

Below are 8 ways to combat foul breath.

1. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. This will help to remove the food from your teeth that bacteria feed on.

2. Clean your tongue. Brush or scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper to remove food from your taste buds and folds of your tongue.

3. Stay hydrated. Avoid a dry mouth. When you’re sleeping or have a dry mouth you produce less saliva. Anaerobic bacteria, the bacteria that causes bad breath multiply in dry conditions. Saliva is naturally antibacterial and helps to keep your mouth clean. By keeping a wet mouth you will help to prevent bad breath.

4. Be aware of the foods you eat. A high-protein, low-carb diet is a recipe for bad breath. Eating less than 100 carbohydrates a day triggers ketosis. A metabolic state where you body burns fat instead of sugar and creates bad breath. Meat is a criminal because their particles stick around after you swallow and are known to attract bacteria. Fruits that smell good such as citrus fruits, berries, melons, and raw crunchy vegetables will fight off bad breath. These fiber packed foods will help remove food from your teeth and produce saliva.

5. Skip the cigarettes and tobacco. Both of the habits causes bad breath and dry out your mouth. Here’s a great reason to add to your list on why to quit smoking.

6. Visit the dentist. Check to see if your maintaining good oral hygiene and if the problem is caused from another source your dentist will refer you to a doctor.

7. Natural cures. Drink green tea after meals because it contains antibacterial compounds that fight bacteria. Add a cinnamon stick to your drinks which contain essential oils to combat stinky breath. Mint, parsley, cilantro, and dill have chlorophyll which is a temporary breath deodorizer. Rinse your mouth with water after eating which will help to balance the pH level of your mouth and can help to remove a few of the food particles stuck in your teeth/mouth crevices.

8. Don’t rely on gum or mouthwash. They cover up the body odor temporarily. The bacteria in your mouth will still be reproducing rapidly and releasing byproducts like sulfur compounds that produce bad breath. Eventually the smell will break through and you will be keep popping mints.

Bad breath is common and can be very embarrassing. With the above tips hopefully you will defeat it and will never receive a virtual breath mint. People may even compliment you on your great breath!

Thank you to Discovery Health, Delta Dental, and Forbes for the above information.

Cover photo via Michigan Dental Health.

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