It’s safe to say that everyone has had bad breath at one point or another in their lives. It might be after having something with garlic and onions, or it might just be morning breath. Regardless, not everyone who has bad breath is able to effectively get rid of it. We’ve put a list of tips together for anyone to follow to improve their breath, whether it’s for themselves, a date, or those around them.
It’s advisable for everyone to brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day. However, what’s the most effective order in which to do the three? Many people don’t know you should always floss first, as it allows for gaps to open up between teeth that are otherwise usually close. So when you brush your teeth afterwards, the fluoride from the toothpaste can reach areas in between teeth that it usually cannot. Afterwards use a fluoride based mouthwash, which will interact with the fluoride in your mouth from the toothpaste and further help remineralize teeth while removing plaque. Taking care of your teeth in this order will do a lot more for your breath than if you do each activity separately.
Nonalcoholic and fluoride based mouthwash is generally what is advised. The traditional belief is that the burn from alcohol based mouthwashes means it’s working, but alcohol corrodes fillings while also drying out mucosal tissue. Alcohol itself represses saliva production and results in dry mouth, which causes bad breath. So ironically, alcohol based mouthwash may seem like a quick fix, when really it worsens your situation in terms of bad breath.
Don’t Skip Meals
Outside of just health advice, you want to make sure you don’t skip meals because your stomach will keep working all the same. Digestive halitosis is the result, as the stomach emits a less than pleasant smell when there is a lack of food in it.
Watch What you Eat
Even though you were just told not to skip meals, there are still foods you should avoid. Traditional examples include foods with lots of garlic, onions, and drinks such as soda and coffee. Greasy food and conventional meats you get at delis like salami also contribute to smelly breath. Naturally deodorizers are commonly found among fruits and vegetables that improve saliva production, such as celery. In aiming to eat foods that improve your breath and avoiding those that result in halitosis can also result in other benefits such as improved cardiovascular health.
Tea & Red Wine
Certain teas contain polyphenols, which eliminate bacteria in the mouth that contribute to bad breath. Phenols inhibits the proteins used by bacteria that allows them to stick together. This prevents the formation of biofilms on your teeth, in which bacteria cumulate and live in. Black or green tea and red wine all contribute polyphenols to your mouth. So next time you enjoy fine dining, remember you’re helping your teeth.
Drinking can result in bad breath for several reasons. When under the influence of alcohol, you may not always be keen or motivated enough to brush your teeth before bed. When combined with the fact that alcohol suppresses saliva production, the dry mouth that follows results in some pretty bad morning breath as well as halitosis during the time you are also drinking. Drink in moderation with plenty of water in between, or have diluted mixed drinks to lessen the bad breath effects of alcohol.