Ever had that awkward moment when you realize your breath might be a bit… off? Yeah, bad breath, or halitosis, happens to pretty much everyone at some point. It can be because of the food we eat, being dehydrated, catching a cold, or even just not brushing our teeth well enough.
So, why does our breath start to smell bad? It’s mostly because of tiny bits of food and dead cells hanging out in our mouths. These leftovers are like a party invitation for bacteria, especially in places where there’s not much air, like the back of your tongue or between your gums. These bacteria are the culprits behind that stinky sulfur smell in bad breath.
No one likes having bad breath. It’s embarrassing and can make hanging out with friends super uncomfortable. But here’s some good news: getting rid of bad breath isn’t too hard, with some easy home tricks and regular dentist visits.
Here are some tips to kick bad breath to the curb:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss.
- Drinking green or black tea can help slow down those bad-breath bacteria.
- Look for a mouthwash without alcohol (it dries out your mouth) but with zinc or essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, and lemon, which are great for fighting bad breath.
- Get a tongue scraper from the store, or use your toothbrush, to clean off any dead cells or food bits on your tongue.
- Drink lots of water to keep your mouth from getting dry.
- Eating crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots, and celery can help clean your teeth naturally.
- Try rubbing fluoride toothpaste on your teeth and leaving it for 30 minutes before rinsing for extra protection.
- Chewing on natural herbs like licorice root, parsley, rosemary, or tarragon can freshen your breath in a pinch.
- Try to avoid alcohol, coffee, fried foods, milk, spicy foods, and too much sugar since they can make bad breath worse. Plus, your dentist will thank you for avoiding stuff that’s bad for your teeth too.
Remember, keeping your breath fresh is part of taking care of yourself, so don’t skip those dentist visits and keep up with your dental hygiene routine!
In normal circumstances, bad breath can be eliminated with simple home remedies. However, before relying on home remedies to eliminate bad breath, it is very important to visit a dentist in your area at least every six months to have your teeth examined and cleaned. If you do not have a local dentist, The Dental Center at Easton Town Center would certainly welcome you as a new patient.