Bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing and keep you from enjoying eating out or other social situations in which others are close to you. Don’t worry—you don’t have to just put up with bad breath if you can’t get rid of it on your own. With the right products and methods, you can control your breath so that it always smells fresh no matter what you’re doing! Here are five of the best ways to do that.
Even if you don’t have time for a full brushing session, take just a few minutes to floss. It will help eliminate food particles that can lead to bad breath. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash: Many mouthwashes also contain antibacterial agents that kill bacteria and stop them from growing. Chew sugar-free gum: This is one simple trick that helps fight bad breath. Chewing increases saliva production, which washes away food debris and dead cells.
2) Brush Properly
Brushing your teeth twice a day is an easy way to make sure your mouth stays fresh and clean. Be sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes and paying special attention to hard-to-reach spots like between your teeth, on both sides of your tongue, behind your front teeth, below your gum line and on top of it. This step should be one you never skip.
3) Rinse With Mouthwash
Mouthwash is great for removing odor-causing food particles from your teeth and gums. While it won’t kill all of your bad breath, it will certainly make you feel better about yourself.
4) Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Skip sugary, starchy snacks and opt for raw fruits and vegetables instead. They’re loaded with fiber, which aids in digestion, and they leave your mouth feeling fresh. Fruits and veggies also contain natural enzymes that combat bad breath. For example, an apple a day keeps halitosis at bay. Strawberries work too; eat one every morning for a clean-mouth treat that lasts all day long. ( Here’s more on how to stop halitosis with food.)
5) Use Over-the-Counter Medication
The easiest way to get rid of bad breath is to pick up some sort of mouthwash at your local pharmacy. Mouthwashes like Listerine and Scope offer a quick fix for bad breath and kill germs that cause halitosis, too.