9 Ways To Avoid Bad Breath

1378197981_tumblr_mkllpjOxbF1s9vhgxo1_500Most people think brushing their teeth and chewing gum are the only two ways to avoid bad breath, but there are a few more ways to avoid the plague that is bad breath.

  1. Brush your teeth properly
    • Use a soft bristled brush and replace it every 3-4 months
    • Brush right before you eat and 1 hour afterwards
    • Brush your tongue
  2. Floss
    • Flossing removes plaque and bacteria build-up from between your teeth that toothbrushes don’t always catch. Floss at least once a day.
  3. Avoid certain foods such as:
    • Sugary foods and drinks
    • Acidic drinks
    • Coffee and alcohol
  4. Eat certain foods like:
    • Sugar-free yogurt. Yogurt with good bacteria prevents bad breath by reducing the level of bad breath causing sulfide compounds
    • Stock up on Vitamin-D rich foods like salmon, orange juice, or eggs, since Vitamin-D helps reduces bad breath
    • Various herbs and spices are linked to reducing bad breath as well. Try adding cloves, anise, or fennel seeds to your diet.
  5. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
    • A tobacco habit can also lead to gum disease, which causes bad breath among other things
  6. Get regular dental check-ups
    • If you have a lot of bad breath issues and you are following a strict healthy mouth regime, then you should definitely see your dentist
  7. Drink lots of water
    • Dry mouth can cause terrible bad breath, so be sure to keep hydrated.
  8. Chew sugar-free gum or mints
    • Make sure they are sugar-free, because sugars can help feed bacteria, which will make bad breath even worse.
  9. Use mouthwash
    • Antiseptic mouthwash will kill the bad bacteria. Look for mouthwashes with hlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride, chloride dioxide, zinc chloride, and triclosan.

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