It’s easy to enhance your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Try these easy steps to make your mouth feel bright and clean.
1. Green Tea
Green tea is an efficient home remedy for bad breath because it has disinfectant and deodorizing properties that can temporarily freshen the breath. Mint has similar effects, so a cup of green mint tea may be an excellent breath freshener.
2. Brush and floss regularly.
Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, accumulates bacteria that cause bad breath. Trapped food also adds to the problem.
Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. If you’re concerned about your breath, do both a little more often.
Don’t overdo things, though. If you brush too hard, you can wear down your teeth, making them defenseless to decay.
The coating that usually forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush.
If your brush is too big to reach the back of your tongue comfortably, try a scraper. “It’s designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area. This removes bacteria, food debris, and dead cells that brushing alone can’t take care of,” says hygienist Pamela L. Quinones, past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
4. Moisten your mouth.
You can get tooth decay and bad breath if you don’t make sufficient saliva. If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water during the day.
Chew sugarless gum or engulf on sugar-free hard candy. Also, try a humidifier at night to moisten the air in your home.
5. Rinse your mouth out.
Besides freshening your breath, a mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria. A fresh minty taste can make you feel great. But be sure the mouthwash you choose kills the bacteria that cause bad breath. Don’t just cover up the smell. Rinse daily with a conventional mouthwash and stop bad breath at its source.