Bad breath can be embarrassing but is a common condition. As quickly as bad breath can ruin a night out, business meeting or friendly gathering, combating the issue can be just as simple.
Staying hydrated is just one simple way to fight bad breath, so we raise our glass of water and cheers to August 6th in celebration of National Fresh Breath Day.
Here are a few other quick tips in combating bad breath.
- Brush your teeth – Brushing your teeth twice a day remove plaque and food debris that attract and generate bacteria causing bad breath. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Floss – Flossing daily removes small food particles that get stuck between your teeth and around your gums.
- Use a tongue scrapper – Using a tongue scrapper when brushing your teeth removes residue between your taste buds. No tongue scrapper? Brushing your tongue with your toothbrush will do the trick.
- Drink Water – Drinking water promotes the production of Saliva. Saliva is your mouths natural defense against germs that cause bad breath. Drinking water also helps rid the mouth of food debris.
- Chew Gum – Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth so bacteria can be washed away. Be sure you are chewing sugar-less gum because gum with sugar ferments bacteria, which worsens the problem.
- Parsley – Parsley contains chlorophyll that acts as a deodorizer in the mouth. Parsley also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that keep your mouth fresh and clean. No parsley around? Try yogurt or celery, they have similar effects.
- Avoid acids and sugar – 90% of bad breath is caused by bacteria lodged in the grooves of your mouth, the bacteria multiplies when exposed to acids like coffee and orange juice. Candy or beverages containing sugar worsen your bad breath due to the sugar fermenting the bacteria.
Avoid embarrassing bad breath by performing daily oral hygiene and if you are in need of a quick fix remember to drink water or grab some parsley.