- Oral Health
9 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath
Moistening Your Mouth Often Can Give You Fresh Breath
Yaw Mensah is in a relationship with Adwoa Mansah, but he suffers from bad breath and it is threatening to ruin his relationship.
“Adwoa has informed me several times that she can’t stand the odor that comes out from my mouth when I speak to her. She also says she feels embarrassed whenever I speak in front of her friends. I’ve tried everything to get rid of bad breath, but the problem still persists. Now, she is threatening to breakup with me if I do not get rid of the bad breath. I love her dearly and I do not want to lose her. How do I get rid of the bad breath instantly and permanently so that I can keep my girlfriend? What can I do to get rid of the bad breath forever so that I can enjoy my relationship? Please help me,” Yaw says, with tears in his eyes.
Bad breath, or halitosis, can affect relationships, destroy self-esteem, make people unemployable, and make people the ridicule of neighbors and friends. However, one can solve this problem effectively when one uses a combination of the right brushing technique, some lifestyle changes, and good dieting.
In this article, I want to show you how to get rid of bad breath naturally for good so that you can have the confidence to communicate with your loved ones.
So, what strategies can you use?
Adopt The Right Brushing Techniques
Brush your teeth from top to bottom because that technique removes a greater amount of plaque, and is more likely to remove food stuck in between the teeth, and avoid brushing your teeth from side to side. To do this effectively, bring your lower set of teeth and the upper set of teeth into contact so that you can brush smoothly from the top to the bottom.
Additionally, brush your tongue thoroughly, and brush under your tongue thoroughly too, because these two areas normally harbor a lot of bacteria that cause bad breath.
Furthermore, after you brush your tongue, use a teaspoon to scrape the back of the tongue where a lot of bacteria also reside.
Moreover, brush the roof of your mouth (the palette). Try to reach as far back as your tooth brush can possibly go. Brush the sides of the mouth (or the insides of your cheeks) as well.
Brush Your Teeth For Two Minutes At Least Twice A Day
As we eat, plaque builds up on the teeth and the bacteria in the mouth breakdown the plaque and produce obnoxious gases. Additionally, food gets trapped in the teeth and the bacteria in the mouth also act on these too and release gases that make the breath smell bad.
To prevent plaque from building up, brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning, two minutes in the afternoon (if you are at home), and for two minutes in the evening too. Why two minutes? A study has shown that brushing for two minutes is enough: when people brush their teeth for more than two minutes, they do not remove additional plaque.
Furthermore, ensure that you do not brush your teeth too hard. A study has shown that applying a pressure of about 150 grams, or the weight of an orange, is ideal to remove the plaque that builds up on the teeth.
Rinse Your Mouth Several Times After Brushing
When one rinses his mouth several times after brushing, it helps to drastically reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. So, rinse your mouth with clean water until there is no trace of tooth paste in your mouth and that will leave your mouth fresh and clean.
You may rinse your mouth at least 7 times. When rinsing, raise your head, tilt it on one side and then tilt it in the opposite direction, and then swirl the water in your mouth and gargle before you spit it out to ensure that the water picks up most of the remnants of the toothpaste, as well as debris and bacteria, in your mouth.
Reduce Your Intake Of Raw Garlic And Raw Onions
Foods such as raw garlic and raw onions contain sulfur which produces the pungent smell when raw garlic and raw onions are metabolized in the body. This sulfur travels through the blood stream and finally ends in the lungs where it is breathed out.
However, you can reduce the ability of the sulfur to produce an obnoxious smell by boiling garlic or onions before eating them. Cooking changes the chemical composition of these foods and they give off chemicals that do not smell bad.
Alternatively, reduce your consumption of garlic and onions. Or, you may choose to eat a slice of raw tomato, or drink a teaspoon of raw lemon juice, after you eat garlic or onions.
Reduce Your Garlic Intake and Cook It Before Eating
Moisten Your Mouth Often
The mouth can become dry at times as a result of the consumption of certain foods such as caffeine. A dry mouth can also be caused by some prescription and over-the-counter drugs, especially drugs that treat high blood pressure, urinary incontinence, and tranquilizers.
A dry mouth causes the bacteria in the mouth to multiply rapidly and they produce large volumes of the obnoxious gases that cause the foul odor, thereby worsening bad breath.
However, a natural way to get rid of bad breath is to keep your mouth moist often: when you drink water frequently, you will wash away debris and bacteria and so the numbers of bacteria in your mouth will reduce considerably, and they will not get raw material to feed on to produce bad breath.
So, keep a 1.5 liter water bottle with you wherever you go. At intervals of two hours throughout the day, sip a little of the water so that you can keep your mouth moist. Alternatively, carry a 3.0 liter water bottle on you and drink one cup of the water every two hours.
Eat Lots Of Fresh, Natural Fruits
If you want to get rid of bad breath once and for all, eat fresh fruits often. Fruits contain compounds such as pectin, cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin which brush away lingering particles of food and debris from the tongue, palette, and the surface of the teeth. Additionally, these fibers clean the back of the tongue and the palette when one swallows them after chewing.
Choose to eat fruits which contain little sugar, and which contain a lot of fiber, such as grapefruit, oranges, apples, pears, avocados, and watermelon. So, for example, you may choose to divide one large orange into four equal parts; eat two parts after you consume your breakfast, and the remaining two parts after you have your lunch and dinner.
Consume A Lot of Fresh Fruits
Neutralize Acid Foods With Alkaline Foods
Eating too much acid foods, or eating only acids foods, such as canned foods, processed foods, sugars, fast foods, white breads, dairy products, pizza, meats, and cola without consuming alkaline foods, lowers the pH in the mouth. As a result, the teeth lose calcium and that can make the teeth porous and plaque can become pathogenic and cause bad breath.
You can prevent this from happening by consuming alkaline foods with the acid foods you eat, such as vegetables (asparagus, dandelion, collards, chives, aubergine, watercress and so on), nuts such as macadamias nuts, yellow tiger nutsedge, almonds, seeds such as watermelon seeds, sunflower seeds, and sprouts such as soy sprouts, broccoli sprouts, radish sprouts, and quinoa sprouts. Always ensure that at least 30% of the food you consume is made up of alkaline foods.
Consume Cinnamon Often
A study carried out by dental scientists at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry has revealed that eating cinnamon can help one to get rid of bad breath.
Cinnamon contains oily cinnamic aldehyde which can kill oral bacteria that cause bad breath. Therefore, pop a cinnamon-coated gum into your mouth when you are going to class or to work and chew it on the way there. Alternatively, prepare cinnamon tea by dissolving two teaspoons of cinnamon powder in warm water, and drinking one glass of the mixture in the morning after breakfast, and another glass in the evening after dinner.
Use Baking Soda
A study carried out by the Department of Oral Biology of Columbia University and published by the US National Institutes of Health shows that high baking soda concentrations can kill bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath.
Therefore, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with warm water and use the mixture to wash your mouth after eating your breakfast and your dinner.
Baking soda dissolves in water to form an alkaline liquid which can help to neutralize the residue that acid-forming foods leave in the mouth so that the bacteria in the mouth will not multiply and cause bad breath.
Additionally, the alkaline fluid can help prevent the formation of plaque on the teeth. Moreover, baking soda in water helps prevent gum disease, which can cause bad breath.
To get rid of bad breath, ensure that you brush your teeth using the right technique twice a day, rinse your mouth several times after you have finished brushing your teeth, reduce your intake of garlic and onions, keep your mouth moist often, eat a lot of fresh fruits, especially fruits that don’t contain a lot of sugar, and prevent tooth decay by eating alkaline foods often.
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
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