Bad breath—or halitosis—is a common problem faced by many adults. Bad breath can come from a number of causes, from an onion-packed meal to inconsistent dental hygiene care. But no matter the cause, one thing’s for certain; it’s not a pleasant situation to have. For that reason, we’ve come up with a list of 5 bad breath busters that you can try out in the comforts of your home!
1.Chew Sugar-Free Gum
One of the most common solutions people go for when it comes to eliminating bad breath is to chew on a mint or gum. However, if you do decide to go this route, make sure that the mint or gum is sugar-free. If you eat a mint or chew gum with sugar, you’re actually adding on to the problem! The bacteria in your mouth feed off of the sugars in the foods you eat and produce that bad breath smell as a result. So make sure you stay sugar-free!
2. Natural Remedies
If you don’t have gum on hand, you could also try a few DIY natural remedies for bad breath! Foods such as fennel seeds, cinnamon, parsley, cloves, and even lemon can help neutralize odor-causing bacteria when chewed.
4. Drink Water
Another cause of bad breath is a dry mouth! If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, it’s not able to wash away the small food particles that bacteria enjoy. To solve this problem, make sure you drink plenty of water so you can stay hydrated, and rinse your mouth thoroughly after meals.
5. Regular Dental Hygiene
Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and routinely cleaning your tongue are the most common (and effective) ways to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. By maintaining a consistent dental hygiene routine, you can significantly reduce your chances of having re-occurring bad breath!
If neither of the above bad breath busters is effective, you’re also welcome to stop by our office for a dental exam and cleaning! Not only will we eliminate those bad breath-causing bacteria with our professional dental cleaning, we’ll also check for any underlying dental problems that may be causing bad breath, such as tooth decay or gum disease. To schedule an appointment, call us today!