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.
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
Price: RM 6.35
Where to get: Tesco
Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpacks Breath Strips
Price: RM 26.05
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 Dental Floss Waxed
Price: RM 9.50
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
Price: RM 9.20
Colgate Plax Mouthwash Herbal Salt
Price: RM 11.03
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
Price: RM 17.97
Where to get: Watson