Want to cure less-than-stellar breath? Then take a peek at the following five tips.
- Drink water.
If your mouth is feeling a little not-so-fresh, drink some H20! Your body may just be dehydrated.
- Buy a tongue scraper.
Though it is not a stand-alone solution, picking up a tongue scraper from your local health or drugstore is a good move. You can also find an array of inexpensive tongue scrapers online.
Using a tongue scraper is seriously as easy as it sounds. All you have to do is stand in front of a mirror in the morning (with an empty stomach, some say), stick your tongue out and then gently scrape the source of your tongue with the scraper 5-10 times.
We suggest doing this right before brushing and flossing, so that all of the icky bits that you have scraped off find their way out of your mouth. Oh, and don’t forget to brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth!
- Take a probiotic.
As many dentists are fond of saying, “the mouth is the door to your body”, which means that bad breath (A.K.A. halitosis) can be an indicator of a plethora of other health issues.
Some of the most common are digestive issues, so we suggest taking a probiotic pill every morning if you are experiencing bad breath. Couldn’t hurt, right?
- Don’t always reach for gum or mints.
Both chewing gum and mints are good in a pinch. But they won’t do anything to solve the underlying issue.
A much better solution is to purchase a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste set to keep in your car/desk/purse. Obviously, you should also have floss, as well as the aforementioned tongue scraper.
- Head to the dentist every six months.
Regular checkups with your dentist can help keep your mouth (and breath!) in tip-top shape.
Plus, bad breath can be symptom of tooth decay, mouth sores and even gum disease. Yikes. Trust us, both you and your dentist will definitely want to know about those issues sooner than later.
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