The herb Fennel is known for containing properties that generate more saliva and kill bacteria. Several cultures have used it to improve breath odors.
Bad breath is not only a consequence of eating, but is a symptom of general poor oral hygiene. Bacteria are what emit the foul odors that usually come out of our mouths. The following measures can be taken to cure most of that before you even start your day.
Never forget your tongue.
Amino acids and bacteria unite on your tongue to create a foul sulfur-like smell that makes us want to run from our own mouths. A good cleaning of the tongue can eliminate that odor.
The center of the tongue is where most of the bacteria lies.
The back toothbrushes often have built-in tongue scrubbers that are very helpful.
A tongue scraper may also be of use. If you use one, do so gently.
Mouth rinse is a very effective supplement to brushing and flossing. It moistens the mouth, kills bacteria, and leaves behind a pleasant taste and smell.
Take this information and try to recognize the habits you need to adopt in order to counter your bad breath and restore confidence in conversational speaking and overall oral health.
Sugary and acidic foods create breeding grounds for bacteria in your mouth not only because the bacteria eat at them, but also because of resulting decreased saliva flow.
Whole grains, dark greens, fruits, and proteins like fish and beans increase saliva flow.
If sugary or acidic foods are consumed, wait at least 20 minutes before brushing and/or rinse with water beforehand. This will prevent damage to the enamel.
Brushing and flossing may seem like common sense, but they are all too commonly ignored.
A significant percentage of adults contract gum disease which will certainly stink up your mouth. Brush at least twice a day.
Instead of focusing on the amount of toothpaste, focus on scrubbing the entirety of your mouth.
Flossing at least once daily will hinder plaque accumulation in between your teeth that subtly generate more severe dental issues like gum disease.
We all know after having woken up for years that dry mouth is a leading offender of bad breath.
Bacteria builds up when saliva cannot be sufficiently produced. Hydrate regularly.
A good start is early in the morning after waking up and before everybody else in the house complains.