There’s nothing worse than bad breath.
One moment you’re having a delightful conversation with someone, then suddenly, after a garlic filled pasta, it feels like the whole world is wincing at your every word.
It’s something that often goes unnoticed. For whatever reason people are afraid to tell their friends or significant others that perhaps their breath could use a little touch up.
Luckily, however, there are ways to prevent having a smelly breath disaster and it’s actually very simple.
In short, having nice breath really comes down to staying focused and understanding what not to eat and when. In some cases, having better breath can require a complete lifestyle change.
Whatever your reason, here are some tips for avoiding bad breath.
Brush and floss before bed
This is the most obvious solution to smelly breath. If you’re sitting there thinking to yourself “but I always brush and floss!” you’re probably not taking into account how effective you are with your brushing and flossing.
To get the best results, you should be brushing and flossing after every meal so that odor-causing bacteria in your mouth doesn’t fester.
It also helps to set an alarm before bed and after you wake up so that you have a reminder to brush and floss your teeth.
If you can’t do this, then I hope you have some gum handy at all times!
Skip the garlic
Most people get horrendous breath after even just a little bit of garlic. If you’re main goal is to have minty fresh breath, it would be smart to skip the garlic.
Other foods like onions, dairy foods, canned tuna and horseradish also cause smelly breath. While it would be ridiculous to avoid them entirely, it would be wise to avoid them in settings where breath is definitely a factor.
Visit your friendly neighbourhood dentist
Regularly visiting the dentist coupled with good oral hygiene will most definitely deter anyone from developing bad breath.
Try and visit your dentists at least yearly so that they can track trends in your teeth. Visiting the dentist will not only help you with bad breath, but it will also help prevent plaque and disease from building up in your mouth.
Maybe don’t smoke this time
Among many other things, smoking not only stains your teeth but also makes your breath rancid and foul. Besides coffee, smoky breath is by far the worst.
Though, kicking the habit can be very difficult for some people as the nicotine found in cigarettes can prove to be very addicting.
There are many ways to kick the habit, from going cold turkey to buying over-the-counter nicotine patches. However you decide to kick the habit is up to you, the important part is quitting.
A mouth without saliva is a pretty miserable mouth. In fact, not only does your breath get really stinky from being dry, it also causes tooth decay.
To fix this, simply drink more water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Carry a water bottle or jug with you at all times.