Everyone has had bad breath at some point. It happens, but it can be avoided. Check out a few easy steps you can take to prevent an embarrassing situation:
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Ideally, you should brush and floss after every meal. This helps reduce odour-causing germs in your mouth. Follow this up with a twice-daily rinse to help prevent cavities and reduce germs-causing plaque. Use LISTERINE® mouthwash that fights germs, rather than a cosmetic rinse that just covers up the odour but doesn’t address the cause.
Watch What You Eat
Everything you consume gets absorbed into your bloodstream only to reappear when you breathe and speak. Pungent ingredients like garlic, onions and other spicy foods are some of the worst offenders. So eat more vegetables and herbs like celery, carrots and parsley —their higher water content will help flush your mouth of debris.
If you can’t follow up a meal with brushing, flossing and rinsing, drinking fluids can help cleanse your mouth of germs and food particles before they can start to cause problems. Water is ideal. Steer clear of soda—all that excess sugar will bind to your teeth and gums, mixing with the leftover remnants of your meal and cause bad breath.
Chew the Right Thing
Chewing a piece of sugar-free gum after you eat can help freshen up your breath and keep saliva flowing, so your mouth can naturally flush out germs and food particles. Gum sweetened with 100% xylitol can also help reduce cavities.
Be wary of mints: at best they’ll just mask bad breath, at worst they’ll be loaded with sugar that will just stick to your teeth and add to your problem.