10 Tips on how to always have fresh, kiss-ready breath
No one likes bad breath, especially if you are just about to lean in and get up close for a kiss. Bad breath can be caused by a number of different factors, the most common of which, is bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth, and it is usually a problem that is very easy to solve. It can also be caused by the food that you eat, by smoking, and by problems with the digestive system. If you want to make sure that you never get caught out with embarrassing bad breath, read these ten tips on how to keep your breath smelling fresh and kiss-ready, every day.
1. Brush your teeth and your tongue twice every day
Smelly bacteria can accumulate on your tongue, as well as your teeth, so don’t forget to brush your tongue, especially the back of your tongue, whenever you brush your teeth. In one study it was discovered that brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by 70%. Remember that you should be brushing twice a day, every day.
2. Get regular check-ups at the dentist
Bad breath can also be caused by cavities, so it is important to keep up with your dental appointments. Your dentist will recommend how often you should have a check-up, based on the condition of your teeth and gums. While you get your check-up, you can also have a professional clean of your teeth done and that will help keep bad breath away too.
3. Avoid food that causes bad breath
Certain types of food are notorious for causing bad breath, such as onions, garlic and coffee. Food that is acidic can cause bad breath as well, because they change the PH balance in your mouth, which causes bacteria to multiply faster. Try avoiding things like tomatoes, grapefruit, pineapple and oranges and see if that helps.
4. Floss daily
Small particles of food can get trapped in between your teeth and brushing alone won’t dislodge it. If that food is left there, the bacteria in your mouth will feed off it and that will cause bad breath. Flossing daily is the only way to make sure that you remove those small particles of food.
5. Use an antibacterial mouthwash
An antibacterial mouthwash will kill off the bacteria that brushing won’t and it will keep your mouth fresh for a long time. Use a mouthwash after every brush and look mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine, or cetylpyridinium chloride, because these are the best for fighting the bacteria that causes bad breath.
6. Drink lots of water
If your mouth gets dry, then your bad breath will get worse, so make sure that drink plenty of water throughout the day and it will help to keep your breath fresh. You should be drinking plenty of water for the benefit of your health anyway, so increasing how much you drink will be a good thing all round.
7. Cut down on sugar
Sugar is another thing that the bacteria in your life love to feed off, and when they feed, that is when you get bad breath. Cut down on sugary drinks and foods and fewer bacteria will grow in your mouth and your breath will smell fresher.
8. Eat more raw fruit and vegetables
When you feel you need a snack, eat raw vegetables or some fruit and that will satisfy your hunger and help freshen up your breath too. Munching on raw foods, such as apples, carrots and celery will help to dislodge small bits of food from between your teeth and it will also increase the production of saliva that will help to wash away the bacteria. Fresh fruit and veg will also keep your digestive system in good working order and that will help keep your breath fresh as well.
9. Eat your parsley garnish
That little bit of parsley that you leave on the side of your plate could save you an embarrassing bad breath moment too. Parsley contains a substance called chlorophyll, which is a natural deodoriser, so chewing in your parsley garnish at the end of a meal will help to remove the smell of the food.
10. Chew sugar-free gum
As well as these ways of keeping your mouth fresh all day long, the best emergency treatment for bad breath, when you think a kiss might be in the way, is to chew on some sugar free gum. It’s not just the mint flavour that will freshen up your breath, chewing gum will also stimulate the production of saliva and that will flush away the bacteria that causes bad breath.
Stay happy and healthy!