No one likes bad breath. It’s embarrassing to have and sometimes worse to endure if someone around you has it. Luckily, there are a number of ways to prevent and treat this annoying, commonplace occurrence.
Of course, the best strategy to fight bad breath is to prevent it. Reference our guide to preventing bad breath for everything you need to know about stopping the smell before it starts.
However, there are times when you might find yourself in that unavoidable, unpreventable situation where you have bad breath and need to get rid of it fast. For these unfortunate situations, we have you covered with the top five ways to treat your bad breath as it occurs.
One: Brush Your Teeth After You Eat
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is primarily caused by the food you eat. Foods that are strong in flavor and smell can leave an immediate odor in your mouth. Additionally, any food not properly removed from your mouth by your saliva, toothbrush, floss or mouthwash will eventually lead to a buildup of bacteria called plaque, which will also produce foul smells and bad breath. The best way to treat your bad breath is by brushing your teeth after you eat.
When brushing your teeth, make sure to use a dentist-recommended fluoride toothpaste and brush continuously for two minutes. To ensure that your mouth is clean and that all food debris has been removed, it is important to not only brush your teeth, but also your gums, tongue, cheek pockets and the roof of your mouth.
Two: Breath Mints and Gum
If you find yourself stranded, without a toothbrush, in a meeting with bad breath, the second best treatment is a breath mint or chewing gum. Mints and gum are convenient fixes to bad breath, readily available and easy to carry in your pocket.
However, not all mints and gum are created equal. When using these sorts of remedies, be careful you are careful to prioritize sugar-free mints and gum. Although added sugar may make your mint tastier, the sugar can actually worsen bad breath. The bacteria in our mouths that cause bad breath feed on sugars, which will result in more intense halitosis.
Although mints and gum are very effective in treating the odor of bad breath by filling your mouth with fresh flavors, they are not a permanent solution. Brushing, flossing and other oral hygiene measures are the only way to combat bad breath at its root causes.
Another quick fix to bad breath is to rinse your mouth with a germ-killing mouthwash. Mouthwash is a great remedy to bad breath because it introduces that fresh minty taste that we all love, while operating with the power to combat your halitosis at its root causes – bacteria and germs.
When using mouthwash, a little goes a long way. All you need is four teaspoons and 30 seconds of swishing. As you put the mouthwash in your mouth, be sure to swish and gargle without swallowing. Once 30 seconds have passed, spit the wash into the sink and rinse your mouth with water to remove any residual mouthwash.
Four: Drink Water
This remedy may seem too good to be true, but drinking water is an effective treatment for bad breath. Water not only hydrates your body; it also encourages saliva production. Your saliva is your body’s natural defense against bad breath because it breaks down food particles and fights bacteria buildup – the two greatest culprits in the bad breath equation.
When your mouth starts to dry out due to a lack of saliva, you are most vulnerable to bad breath. This condition is called “dry mouth” and is the reason behind the morning breath phenomena. Just as most people wake up with dragon breath because their mouth is dried out from breathing through their mouth while sleeping, you can develop bad breath midday if you are not wetting your whistle enough.
Water is also an easy remedy to bad breath because it rinses your mouth (similar to mouthwash) and can remove food debris – removing the cause of your halitosis.
Five: Eat an Apple
An apple a day keeps the bad breath away! This organic treatment may be the game changer you are looking for. Crisp snacks like apples, carrots and celery act as nature’s toothbrushes. By eating these foods in between meals, you will increase saliva output and remove food debris and bacteria from your teeth, tongue and gums.
Chronic Bad Breath?
If your bad breath persists and doesn’t seem to subside with these five remedies, it is probably time to go to the dentist. Chronic bad breath may be a symptom of something more serious that our doctors can treat and cure! Schedule your appointment at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte today. Our in-house team of dental specialists can help address your halitosis and refresh your breath. Same-day appointments are available when you call (704) 800-0252.