Ways To Keep Your Mouth Fresh From Bad Breath

That cutie across that table keep eyeing on you and you coyly flirt back. Then, he gets up and seems to be making his way to your table, so you immediately start to panic.

Not because you aren’t ready to have a conversation with him, but because your breath stinks! You wished you had prepared yourself for this.

Bad breath can have a major negative impact, which might lead one to have low self-esteem. But fret not, here are some effective ways for you to have fresh breath, always:

1. You are what you eat 

Consume a low-carb diet balanced with fats and proteins. As fatty foods break down and create ketones, which is a byproduct of fat that sits in your stomach and ferments. The odour of ketones can come back up through the esophagus and stick to your tongue.

For better breath, add healthy carbs like broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and fresh fruits to balance out the fats.

2. Snack on crunchy, healthy foods 

Chewing hard textured snacks like apples, celery and carrots can help remove food caught between your teeth. It also gets rid of bacteria that sits on them – kind of like a natural toothbrush.

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3. Drink more green juice and less coffee

This might be a little tough for coffee lovers but coffee contains high amounts of acid which can lead to bad breath. Green juice on the other hand, has low levels of acid.

4. Take honey 

Honey has powerful anti-microbial properties that kills the bacteria in the mouth. Not only does it destroy bad bacteria but it also allows good bacteria to grow. To permanently get eliminate bad breath, massage honey thoroughly on the gums and tongue for 3 minutes to 5 minutes.

5. Chew on fresh mint leaves or parsley

Nah, you don’t have to chew it as it is, but you can definitely stash on these herbs in your salad or sandwich. The mint will help freshen your breath, while parsley contains chlorophyll, which works against volatile sulphur compounds, aka rotten egg smell. If you’re not into raw herbs, pop a sugarless gum that contains xylitol or try breath strips.

Wrigley's Extra Xylitol Strawberry Flavour Sugarfree Gum 40 Pellets 56g

Source: Wrigley’s

Wrigley’s Extra Xylitol Strawberry Flavour Sugarfree Gum

Price: RM 6.35

Where to get: Tesco 

Listerine PocketPaks Breath Strips, Cool Mint, 72 Count (Pack of 2)

Source: Listerine

Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpacks Breath Strips

Price: RM 26.05

Where to get: Ezbuy, Amazon 

6. Brush and floss every single day

There are just some days where we feel like skipping the flossing step. Sure, brushing your teeth helps eliminate plaque and bacteria on your teeth, but flossing dislodges food that’s caught in between your teeth. If you don’t floss, bacteria will feed of those nutrients and give off stinky acids that cause bad breath. Try some these amazing floss!

Oral-b Essential Waxed Dental Floss 2 X 50m, Oral - Others, Oral Care

Source: Oral-B

Oral B Dental Floss Waxed

Price: RM 9.50

Where to get: Watson, Guardian, Caring Pharmacy 

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Source: Colgate

Colgate Dental Floss

Price: RM 8.49

Where to get: Watson

7. Rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash that contains a zinc compound.

Alcohol dries your mouth, which could lead to more bacteria growth and eventually bad breath. So when choosing, opt for one that’s alcohol-free. You should look out for mouthwash with a zinc compound in it. Zinc kills the volatile sulphur compounds – remember the egg rotten smell? Here are some mouthwash brands you can try.

Listerine Zero Mouthwash 250ml, Mouthwash, Oral Care

Source: Listerine

Listerine Zero Mouthwash 250ml

Price: RM 9.20

Where to get: Watson, Guardian 

Colgate® Plax Herbal Salt

Source: Colgate

Colgate Plax Mouthwash Herbal Salt

Price: RM 11.03

Where to get: Watson, Guardian 

8. Clean your tongue 

Your mouth stenches because when bacteria sticks to your taste buds, it releases a waste byproduct. Use a tongue scraper or you can just brush your tongue to remove any bacteria, byproducts from the bacteria or plaque.

Ora Brush Tongue Cleaner 1's, Oral - Others, Oral Care

Source: Ora Brush

Ora Brush Tongue Cleaner

Price: RM 17.97

Where to get: Watson