16 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath – Halitosis
Although we all have a bad breathing moment from time to time, good oral hygiene should solve the problem almost completely. Halitosis that lasts more than 24 hours could also be a sign of gingivitis, intestinal problems, or even more serious conditions. If you brush your teeth and floss, but you still can’t get rid of the smell, go to the doctor or dentist. You should also go to the doctor if your breath smells sweet, as this may be a sign that you have diabetes.
Suppose you take a breath test on the way to an important meeting, and the result is not good. Don’t worry – the following quick fixes can minimize the halitosis (bad breath). If your gums, tongue and teeth harbour bad-smelling bacteria, you need to adopt some rigorous hygiene habits that inhibit their development. This is where special mouthwash comes into play, the attention paid to toothpaste and regular brushing and cleaning of teeth.
1. A dry mouth is an ideal place for bacteria that cause bad breath. So you always need to have a bottle of water on hand. Walk a little water through your mouth. The water will temporarily remove the bacteria and reduce the unpleasant odour.
2. At the end of the business lunch or romantic dinner, chew the remaining parsley threads on your plate. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, a reputable deodorant that also has antibacterial properties.
3. If you can find an orange, peel it and eat it. The citric acid it contains will stimulate the salivary glands to produce more saliva
4. If you do not have an orange at hand, eat whatever is available, except mouth pollutants such as garlic, onion or a fragrant cheese. Consumption of food encourages saliva secretion, which helps remove the material that produces the odour from the tongue’s surface.
5. Vigorously brush your tongue with your teeth. It can be coated with bacteria that ferment proteins, producing gases that smell bad. Rubbing your tongue dislocates these bacteria so you can remove them. If you have a metal or plastic spoon on hand, you can use it to scrape your tongue. To avoid injury, place the spoon as far back as possible on the tongue and pull it forward. Repeat four or five times. Scrape the side of your tongue with the same motion.
6. Cloves are rich in eugenol, a powerful antibacterial. Break one in your mouth and bend it with your teeth. Aromatic oil may burn a little, so stir it constantly. Continue to bite until the essence has penetrated well into the mouth, then spit it out. Do not use clove oil or powder; they are too strong and can cause burns.
7. Chew fennel, dill, nutmeg or anise seeds. Anise, which tastes like liquorice, can kill bacteria that grow on the tongue. The others will help you mask the bad smell.
8. Suck a cinnamon stick. Like cloves, cinnamon is an effective oral antiseptic.
9. The vast majority of popular products listed as oral air fresheners are rarely, if ever, effective in the long run. But it seems that rinses that contain chlorine dioxide can fight the compounds responsible for halitosis.
10. Use a toothpaste that contains tea tree oil, a natural disinfectant. If you can’t find it in pharmacies, look in health food stores.
11. Use an oral irrigator, a device that uses a fast jet of water to wash away bacteria from your mouth. You can go deeper with it than with a toothbrush or floss.
12. Bring a toothbrush with you and wash it after every meal. Tooth brushing prevents the development of tartar, the film that covers the teeth and gums. A piece of good advice is to wash immediately after a meal: if you have eaten foods with corrosive properties, such as cola or citrus, they can affect your teeth even more. In this case, it is better to wait an hour after the meal to brush your teeth. To keep your toothbrush free of bacteria, store it upside down in a plastic cup with hydrogen peroxide in it. Rinse the toothbrush thoroughly before using it.
13. If you wear a prosthesis, it may absorb an unpleasant odour. Always soak it overnight in an antiseptic solution unless your dentist has advised otherwise.
14. Don’t skip meals. When you do not eat for long periods, your mouth will dry out a lot, becoming an excellent place for bacteria to grow.
15. Some things can increase your bad breathing even when there are no bacteria. These are cigarettes, alcohol, onions, garlic and mouldy cheeses such as Camembert, Roquefort and other blue cheeses. In situations where pleasant breathing is needed, use the common sense approach – say NO to these foods.
16. Ask your doctor if the medicines may be the cause of the breath. Any medicine that dries your mouth, leaving you without saliva, is a potential suspect. These may include antihistamines, decongestants, weight loss pills, and over-the-counter medications for depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and high blood pressure.
But how bad does your mouth smell? To find out, do a “smell test” on the floss after using it to clean your teeth – but only if you have a wax-free, unscented assortment. Another alternative is to rub a piece of cloth on the tooth. If you are worried about breathing, go to a dentist or hygiene professional, who will give you advice on oral hygiene and check for gingivitis or just poor oral hygiene.