How to Get Good-Smelling Breath
Bad breath! Just the thought of it makes one shudder. There have been times when most of us have been in a situation when we wished we could literally vanish as if by magic, just because the other person's breath reeked.
At some point in time, it is us who would have liked to know how to tackle this issue of offensive smelling breath, particularly if we have eaten something that is a naturally known to cause oral odor, like onion and garlic.
Bad breath is more common than we realize and it is on the other person who realizes this ever so often. There are numerous reasons for mouth odor ranging from eating strong smelling foods to outright bad dental hygiene and other health issues.
This hub is not going to discuss about the other health issues.
Just as some foods cause breath to be unpleasant, there are other foods that when consumed in their natural state not only mask bad breath but in many instances even eliminate its cause.
But first of all, we ought to know the things that can cause bad breath.
How To Get Good Smelling Breath
If you have issues related to dental health, respiratory or gut health, ensure that you get these treated to eliminate issues with bad breath permanently. Otherwise, whatever you do will only temporarily tackle this problem.
Some of the other things you need to take care of are :
- First and foremost ensure proper dental hygiene. This means proper cleaning of the teeth by brushing twice a day, on getting up in the morning and after eating your last meal of the day in the evening or night as the case may be.
This ensures that the accumulated bacteria are eliminated and the their growth is kept in check.
Floss once a day at least, to remove the food particles trapped between the teeth and and also the gum line. Flossing will help prevent bad breath as the unremoved food bits could have decayed and cause offensive odor.
Also, remember to clean the surface of the tongue, as far back as you can go comfortably. This will ensure removal of dead cells, food debris, bacteria etc that are also cause for bad breath.
- Ensure that you drink enough water right through the day. A dry mouth is known to cause bad breath due to lack of saliva; it contains oxygen that prevents bacterial growth. This is the reason we suffer from an awful breath when we wake up in the morning. Not much saliva is produced when we are sleeping.
- Do not rely on mints to eradicate the bad smell as they will not kill these odor causing bacteria. Rather, the bacteria will revel in the feast you just provided them in the form of sugared mints. You could chew gum that has xylitol, which is a sugar substitute, and this will not encourage bacterial growth.
- Foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates also cause bad breath since they trigger ketosis, where the body burns fat instead of sugar and causes bad breath. Remember to eat at least 100 grams of carbohydrates a day.
- Whenever meat foods are eaten the fibers tend to hang in even after you've drunk water and rinsed your mouth. Make it a practice to remove them by either flossing or brushing your teeth as these also cause offensive breath.
Even otherwise, rising the mouth well after eating lessens the chances of bacterial growth and bad breath.
- Another big culprit is our intake of acidic beverages whether it is tea, coffee, soda or alcohol. Apart from releasing compounds that enter the blood and are released through the mouth, these drinks cause drying of the mouth and lower the mouth pH which helps allows the bacteria to multiply in the mouth and cause mouth odor.
Rinsing the mouth or swishing water in the mouth will ensure the pH of the mouth stays less acidic.
- Quit smoking! Smoking releases chemicals in the mouth that not only cause an off putting breath and a dry mouth but leads to dental issues as well. You could always benefit from reducing smoking in more ways than this one.
- Increase intake of vitamin C rich fruits like lemons, oranges, berries, apples, pears, melons and raw veggies like carrots, celery, cucumber etc; it makes the mouth pH alkaline. Bacteria do not thrive in an alkaline environment that these foods provide.
I hope you now know how to get good smelling breath and also which natural breath fresheners you can use if the need arises.
Some Natural Breath Fresheners
Herbs, spices and other foods are provided by nature in the form of ready made breath fresheners. Though the emphasis foremost should be on correcting bad oral hygiene, in times when the health aspect is perfect but one still needs to be confident about oneself the following natural solutions will freshen up one's breath within no time.
Chew a few fresh mint leaves. They contain essential oils that combat mouth odor causing bacteria. Mint is cooling and refreshing as well.
The live bacteria in yogurt is full of probiotics, the good bacteria. When good bacteria abound the bad ones are eliminated.
- Green Tea
The anti bacterial compounds especially the catechins in green tea eliminate the odor causing bacteria and fight bad breath.
Chew a cinnamon stick or drink cinnamon tea. It tastes good and makes the breath smell sweet.
- Green Cardamom
Chew a pod of green cardamom or its seeds. It will freshen the mouth and breath instantly. The seeds can be swallowed too to your benefit.
- Fennel Seeds
In India, fennel seeds have been used as a mouth freshener since ages, especially eaten after meals as they also aid in digestion.
Chew some fennel seeds. They have a sweet flavor and freshen the breath instantly.
Cloves contain an essential oil that is also a very potent antiseptic. It kills bacteria. You can also make a mouthwash by steeping 6 whole cloves in a liter of water for 15 to 20 minutes and then straining the water and using it as a mouth wash.
Chew some coriander leaves or cilantro. You can also chew a few ripe coriander seeds for a minute or so and then spit them out. They have essential oils that kill bad breath.
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.
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