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Simple steps to combat bad breath

You’ve always been particular about brushing your teeth before eating and you make sure to do just that every morning. You are on the right path, but your breath disagrees. You really have been doing it right; just not right enough. To keep a clean, clear fresh breath always – these are simple steps you should maintain:

More brushing, more flossing
Remember that thing about brushing twice a day? You should do that. If you already do, why not add flossing to your routine? It gets rid of any food bits that might have camped in between your teeth without paying their rent.

However, food bits aren’t supposed to be renting a space in your mouth in the first place, so make sure you keep a “This tooth house is not for rent” sign right outside.

Mouth rinsing ritual

Get a good mouthwash from the store and religiously rinse your mouth out. A mouthwash adds extra protection for your teeth against bacteria and germs generally. Daily rinsing will curb and stop bad breath at its source.

Another great thing to do after eating is rinse your mouth with water. This rids your mouth of food particles that might otherwise stay so long, contributing to mouth odour.

Tongue scrapers, anyone?

Scrape your tongue regularly – every morning with a tongue scraper. It decreases the fungi, bacteria and dead cells that can cause odour.

Scrapers are made especially for the tongue, so all you need to do is gently scrape your tongue out and food debris will be out.

Avoid foods that sour your breath

The common culprits in this case are onions and garlic. When eaten, they travel down your bloodstream and into your lungs, where you breathe them out.

If you must, make sure you don’t eat them before heading out to a function, a meeting or spending quality time with friends.

Sugarless gums after dinner

Bacteria and sugar attract like magnet, so skip the after-dinner sweets and go for sugarless gum instead. “Gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defence mechanism against plaque acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath”, says hygienist Pamela L. Quinones, past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Have you ever combated bad breath? Anything you tried that wasn’t listed? Let’s talk in the comments!

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