Fret not…if we lost you at “halitosis”, you’re not alone!
No, it’s not some new strain of super flu connected with an animal – it’s just bad breath.
That said, we think it’s safe to assume that nobody aims to be “that person” whose breath can clear a hallway at the drop of a hat.
And yes, while most of the time we can remedy our lovely dragon breath with some chewing gum or the occasional mint, fact is, they won’t always be handy…
…so here are some quick, simple ways to keeping your breath in check!
- Oral Hygiene
Are any of you getting sick of us constantly promoting meticulous oral hygiene?
Too bad – you’re going to hear it again.
As always, the first line of defense is brushing and flossing thoroughly.
You see, food tends to get stuck in all the nooks and crannies between our teeth, and if not removed with some dutiful flossing, those trapped bits and particles of last night supper tend to rot and decay, giving off some pretty rancid odors in the process.
Oh, and be sure to give your tongue a good scraping as well! Think of it as a shag carpet…absorbing all the wonderful bacteria and giving it plush grounds to fester.
- Drink Plenty of Water
It’s no big secret your mouth is a filthy, filthy place.
No matter how diligent your efforts are to keeping it clean and fresh, it’s always going to be a cesspool of germs and bacteria, and broken dreams.
Well, maybe not that last thing…but you get the idea.
Keeping your mouth moisturized by drinking water regularly throughout your day, is a great way to keep your saliva flowing – saliva in this context, being a good thing, due to its antiseptic ability to kill off odorous bacteria.
(This is also why your breath tends to be at its all-time worse in the mornings.)
- Avoid Garlic, Dairy, and Coffee
You’d be surprised at how many people still don’t get it.
Garlic may be delicious, but it wreaks havoc on your breath. Milk and cheese are not your friends here either, and coffee may be the worst offender of them all.
If you don’t have any mouthwash or mints on hand, best to avoid these.
Your (friends/coworkers/date/anyone within six inches of your face) will thank you for it.
- Vitamin C
Is there anything this wonderful vitamin can’t do?
Cure cancer, perhaps? Well…nothings perfect.
Though, in the case of helping your breath out, vitamin C rocks! This one’s particularly effective in its most natural form – oranges, lemons, strawberries or any fruit with a high acidity content will stimulate saliva production (again, a good thing) as well as create an environment in your mouth that makes it difficult for bacteria to thrive.
- Nature’s Toothbrushes
Lastly, we got “natural brushes”, which as the title implies, is as close to toothbrushes as Mother Nature is going to hand us.
Fruits and vegetables high in fiber content (such as apples, carrots, and celery) have a scrubbing effect on our teeth that both rubs off stains and bacteria festering around in our chompers, but also promotes saliva production as a powerful aftereffect.
Not bad, nature. Not bad.
As always, were always looking for helpful suggestions to add to our blogs, so feel free to contribute any thoughts!