You might think bad breath isn’t an issue since we are wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. But we don’t want people to still keep their distance from us after the pandemic is over, so here are five ways we can eliminate bad breath.
One of the simplest steps you can take to curb bad breath is by drinking enough water. Dehydration can be the cause of your bad breath. When there’s not enough moisture in your mouth to produce saliva, odour-causing bacteria can develop. A normal amount of saliva will help wash away bacteria that accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks.
Clean your tongue
As mentioned above, bacteria in your mouth can accumulate on the tongue. The odour-causing compounds form on your tongue when bacteria and amino acids combine, emitting an unpleasant sulfur-like smell. Hence cleaning your tongue is one way to effectively eliminate bad breath.
What’s your favourite tea? Besides helping you to stay hydrated, green tea has disinfectant and deodorising properties that can temporarily freshen the breath. Mint has similar effects, so a cup of green mint tea may be an ideal breath freshener. Yummy!
Living in Southeast Asia proves to be an advantage when it comes to this particular tip –
A glass or organic pineapple juice or a pineapple slice after every meal does the trick for warding off bad breath. But remember to rinse your mouth of the sugars in fruit or fruit juice afterward, we don’t want to feed the bacteria and cause cavities!
Parsley is a popular folk remedy for bad breath. The fresh scent and the chlorophyll in it act as deodorisers, neutralising bad breath. Studies have shown that parsley can effectively combat foul sulfur compounds, so simply chew on a parsley sprig to freshen your mouth after a meal!
Apart from all these, daily tooth brushing along with flossing are important to ward off bad breath. Maintaining good oral hygiene can be trickier with metal braces, but not with become invisible braces – you can simply remove it to brush your teeth and floss as usual!