Sometimes the most obvious method is the best method. Keeping your mouth clean will reduce odour-causing bacteria. This doesn’t just mean brushing your teeth but your tongue as well. When you don’t brush, bacteria living in your mouth will move to break down food debris, creating an unpleasant odour. Some power toothbrushes, like the Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide, remove up to 2 x more plaque than regular manual toothbrushes and can be more effective in cleaning hard-to-reach areas where food debris is caught.
Not only does food debris caught between your teeth cause awkward moments between friends, it can also cause bleeding gums due to the build-up of plaque. This can be removed with regular brushing and flossing with good products. Sydney Dentist Dr Stephen Blatchford recommends flossing after every meal with a product like Oral-B Satin Floss ($2.99) which is gentle enough to remove debris without being too harsh on your gums.
3. Keep hydrated
Without a way to flush them out, dead cells and bacteria accumulate in dry mouths. Saliva flow often drops to zero when you’re sleeping and this is the reason for ‘morning breath’. Every time you take a drink of water, you’re helping to flush out your mouth and keep bad breath away. Keeping hydrated also helps your mouth sustain its production of saliva - your body’s natural way to fight off bad breath.
4. Eat well
The back of your tongue is usually the driest part of your mouth and is often the most poorly cleaned. Eating fibre-rich and rough foods, such as cereal, will help clean this area. According to Dr Blatchford, foods like nuts or yoghurt also help your mouth produce more saliva to neutralise acidity and restore the pH balance of your mouth.
5. Chew gum
Chewing gum freshens unpleasant breath and also helps your mouth produce more saliva. Always choose sugar-free gum, as unlike sugared gum, it won’t cause cavities in your teeth, keeping your smile healthy.
6. Avoid smelly foods
The pungent scents of foods cooked with garlic and onion are often expelled from the body via the lungs. Foods rich in protein such as fish and meat allow for bacteria to flourish in the back of your mouth. While these foods provide important nutrients, it’s important to keep this in mind before your next big meeting!
7. Doctor, doctor!
Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body and persistent bad breath can be a symptom of deeper health issues. Dr Stephen Blatchford suggests seeking medical advice if bad breath persists.
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