Most people aren’t aware of how bad (or good) their own breath is because they cannot smell it themselves. But believe us when we say the smell of your breath has a huge effect on how others perceive you. To help you improve this perception as much as you can, we’ve rounded up a list of quick tips for how to get rid of bad breath and make your breath smell appealing instead.
In This Article:
- How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
- How to Give Yourself Good Breath
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
Rinse Your Mouth After Eating
Just rinsing after brushing isn’t enough. After each meal, swish some water around in your mouth. It will eliminate any loose food particles that might be floating around before they get a chance to become lodged in between your teeth.
Brush Twice A Day
Speaking of brushing, once a day is not enough to ward off bad breath. Nearly half of Americans brush once a day or less, and dental habits are getting worse on average.
Brushing in the morning is extremely important for good breath in the short term because it gets rid of the “sleep smell” your mouth acquires at night. Brushing before bed is more important for the long term, as it eliminates bacteria that can fester in your mouth while you sleep.
Scrape Your Tongue
After you brush, make sure to scrape your tongue. You can buy a specialized brush to do this or use your toothbrush head if you don’t have one.
Your tongue won’t decay like your teeth if plaque and other bacteria are left there, but it will smell just as bad.
Avoid “Sour” Foods
Foods like onions or garlic with a sharp and strong flavor make your breath smell terrible… and that effect isn’t even eliminated by brushing or swishing water. Instead, the intense flavors waft into your lungs and become present in the air you breathe out for a little while. It’s best to avoid these foods when you’re about to go to a social engagement where you want good breath.
Most Americans don’t floss every day. Don’t be one of them if you want to get rid of bad breath. The food particles that get stuck between your teeth (and there are some, we assure you) smell terrible after a short time.
Snacking between meals stimulates saliva flow, which washes away any smelly residue in your mouth and throat.
Of course, try to choose healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables that will not dry your mouth out.
Just like healthy snacks, water stimulates saliva production. It is even better at lubricating your mouth and throat because, well, it is water.
Other liquids, especially sugary ones, will often have the opposite of the intended effect and will actually dry out your throat.
Apple Cider Vinegar
To get rid of offensive mouth odor fast, add a bit of apple cider vinegar to water and swish it around in your mouth for a minute or two. Be sure to gargle it at the back of your throat, so it coats every surface in your mouth.
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How to Give Yourself Good Breath
Once you’ve mastered how to get rid of bad breath, here are a few of the best ways to make your breath smell noticeably delightful.
Chew gum instead of after-dinner mints. Mints are full of sugar that will actually dry out your mouth and end up making your breath worse. Gum, on the other hand, doesn’t have sugar and will stimulate saliva production.
Of course, this is assuming you buy sugar-free gum, which is the standard these days. The very best kind to buy is Xylichew, because the sweetener in it actually contains an anti-bacterial agent that kills smelly bacteria.
Chew Fresh Leaves
Chewing fresh mint or basil leaves is the very best way to make your breath smell great. We’d recommend growing your own plant, as mint and basil are easy to care for and produce many leaves.
Gargle Oxygenated Mouthwash
Get some mouthwash and make sure it is both oxygenated and alcohol-free. Gargle it after you brush your teeth. Like with the vinegar-water mixture we mentioned above, gargle the mouthwash to make sure it covers every surface of your mouth.
Follow these tips for how to get rid of bad breath, and your exhales will smell incredible. The effect you’ll feel in social situations will be immediate and drastic. Experience it for yourself!
FOR A SLIGHTLY MORE SCIENTIFIC LOOK AT WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH IN THE FIRST PLACE, CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FROM THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION!