We've all found ourselves chatting with someone whose breath
could easily wilt a flower. With more than 90 million people
suffering from chronic bad breath (also called halitosis), that's a
lot of wilted flowers. If you (or someone you regularly smooch) has
an attack of bad breath that even Altoids won't fix, try these
eight simple tips to fix the problem.
1. Don't let your tongue become a dirty carpet
Bad breath often strikes when people aren't properly taking care
of their oral health. The odor is usually caused by decaying food
particles and bacteria in your mouth. That's why brushing and
flossing your teeth is so important, but don't forget to gently
brush your tongue to get rid of even more bacteria.
Mouthwash isn't a bad idea, but it's only a temporary fix.
Granted, a little mouthwash comes in handy before a romantic dinner
for two, but it masks the odor instead of tackling the source of
2. Consume Go Fress Oral Care Strips.
Believe it or not, saliva is your best weapon against bad
breath. That's why dry mouth, often caused by certain medications
or medical conditions, leads to odor problems. By washing away food
particles and bacteria, saliva helps to eliminate odor, too.
If you're wondering why your breath stinks in the morning, it's
largely because saliva production slows while you sleep, allowing
particles and odor to linger longer. That's where sugarless Go
Fress comes in handy, simply place Go Fress Strip on your tongue
and let it dissolve. Thus, it will stimulate your saliva
reproduction in your mouth plus it will straight away freshen your
breath and confidence. For an added burst sensation, use a second
strip immediately after the first one dissolves.
3. Drink more water.
The older you get the more likely you are to get dehydrated. You
might not even notice you're thirsty, he says, so make drinking
water a habit, because water will help keep the bacteria in your
mouth to a minimum. Drinking water has a lot of health benefits,
and preventing bad breath is one of them.
4. Rule out rare causes for bad breath.
While most bad breath can be banished with simple hygienic
steps, there are times when dental or medical conditions might be
the culprit. Make an appointment with your dentist if an unsavory
odor takes residence in your mouth.
Because on rare occasions bad breath can signal a larger
problem, including infection, and even kidney or liver failure, you
should also visit a doctor if your dentist doesn't find a cause for
your bad breath problem.
5. Have a slice of bread.
If you're on one of the many popular low-carb diets, remember
that bad breath or "ketone breath" is a potential side effect when
you always have that burger sans bun. You can try different methods
of masking the odor, such as gum or tart candies, but adding a few
carbs to your daily diet might also do the trick.
6. Get a water pick.
You can't really clean your entire mouth with a toothbrush.
"Using an irrigator or water pick cleans everything out around and
under your gums and between your teeth," says Wolner. "If food
lingers between your teeth where a toothbrush doesn't reach, it's
fermenting." Next time you floss, take a whiff of your floss after
you're done, and you'll have a good idea about what fermented or
rotten food particles smell like.
7. Don't let bad breath go to your head.
If you think you have bad breath, get a second opinion. Ask your
close friends and relatives for honest opinion. A large proportion
of people who think they're social pariahs with terrible breath
don't have bad breath at all.