Bad breath is both unattractive to others and rather unpleasant for yourself throughout the day. Nobody likes to smell bad breath, especially when having a conversation where it can completely distract someone from what you’re actually saying. It’s embarrassing, can make you feel much less confident around others and lets face it, nobody wants to hide the odour from their mouth all day everyday.
Bad breath may be seen from the outset to be more of a social issue when interacting with others, but it can be the sign of more serious health problems. It can be a result of unhealthy gums, smoking, drinking alcohol and general poor hygiene. But this article isn’t meant to scare you, bad breath is surprisingly easy to rid yourself of with one or two changes in your day. Here are our top 7 ways to get rid of bad breath.
#1 Green Tea
Green tea is a brilliant drink to improve your health as a whole. Drinking it can help rid your body of toxins, lower the risk of cancer, lose weight quickly and of course, combat bad breath. The antioxidants in the tea help fight the germs in your mouth that cause bad breath. Make sure you drink 3-5 cups on green tea if you want an effective solution to halitosis. In addition to this, eat fresh fruit and vegetables whenever possible.
#2 Aloe Vera
I’m sure you’ve heard about it before. Aloe Vera is used for a variety of health problems and improvements because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that make it great for the body. The Aloe Vera’s properties also help rid you of bad breath of course. Purchase an Aloe Vera toothpaste, mouthwash or you can even make your own.
Make your own Aloe Vera Mouthwash:
Salt can neutralise the acidity in our mouths, this acidity is caused by the germs living there. This is good for general hygiene and that pesky bad breath.
Mix together some warm water and 1 or 2 teaspoons of salt and rinse your mouth out with it. Try to fit this in with your usual tooth brushing regime to maximise its effectiveness.
#4 Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is also a cause of bad breath surprisingly. Drinking water is great for boosting mental performance, keeping your skin in good condition and preventing headaches caused by dehydration. Food is less likely to get stuck in your teeth if your mouth is moist and your hydrated. You should aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day based on a UK study.
#5 Reduce Stress
Stress isn’t good for anyone’s health. It can cause all manner of physical problems through life and bad breath is on the list. Stress can prevent our bodies from regulating body odors and from producing saliva. Suffering from stress can cause bad breath and additional oral problems.
#6 Essential Oils
Some essential oils can contain strong antibacterial and health improving properties. In particular, clove oil and peppermint oil are both good choices for bad breath sufferers. There are number of ways that you can incorporate these oils in your hygiene routine.
You can use toothpaste that contain these essential oils as the main ingredients. Make sure you do your research to find products that contain these oils, don’t buy products with small, trace amounts as these are usually marketing techniques to get you to buy them. You can also add the essential oils to your mouthwash if you want a cheaper alternative to buying new toothpaste.
#7 Brush Your Tongue
When we talk about different oral hygiene techniques, we usually think mainly about our teeth but are tongues are just as important. The tongue can harbour a lot of bacteria, if left unclean you may develop a white or yellow coating that covers the tongue and ultimately causes bad breath. Consider buying a toothbrush with a tongue brush on it.
We hope you enjoyed this article. Remember, if you or a friend suffer from bad breath try one or more of these methods as it can improve your life (and others who no longer have to deal with the odour!).