Although whether the unpleasant odor might be caused by the bacteria that can be found in the mouth cavity, due to poor oral hygiene, as in most of the cases, however, there are also other cases in which despite immaculate teeth and oral hygiene, there are still other factors that could lead to this problem, such as gastrointestinal track.
Brushing at least twice a day is mandatory. When you brush your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue, too. Plus, your toothbrush is important. Make sure you it is in good shape. It is recommended to change it once in two or three months, depending on the case, and using soft or medium bristle brush, as these one are gentler to the gum and surface of the teethes.
While brushing the teethes helps you get rid of the bacteria and the plaque on your teethes, flossing gets rid of what your toothbrush couldn’t reach. Done regularly, you will prevent periodontal disease.
Besides brushing and flossing, there are not so known practices that help naturally freshen your breath, such as: mouth rinse, drinking water, lemon ice ”candies”, using natural ”toothbrushes”, scraping the tongue, chewing fresh herbs, taking supplements with Zinc, consume probiotics.
Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, keeps bacteria away. Preventing your mouth to get dry you also prevent bacteria as saliva deters the growth of bacteria.
Using natural “toothbrushes”
When you don’t carry your toothbrush with you, just grab one of the following natural snacks: apples – are rich in fiber, raw carrots – have high moisture content.
Try lemon ice “candies”
Add a little bit of lemon juice to ice cubes, put them on a stick and then in the freezer. The citric acid of the lemon will stimulate your salivary glands. Producing more saliva, your organism will fight bacteria that cause bad breath.
Rinse your mouth with a mix of water, anti-microbial peppermint and baking soda. Drinking or rinsing your mouth with green and black tea will minimize bacteria and bad breath as teas are rich in antioxidants that prevent plaque.
Scraping your tongue on a daily basis is more efficient than brushing as it will remove all the germs, microbes and dead cells accumulated on the tongue.
Chewing fresh herbs
Chewing fresh herbs as parsley, rosemary, basil, thyme or mint neutralizes odors.
Fermented milk products, such as yogurt, helps you regulate troublesome bacteria as odor may also come from the gastrointestinal track.
Taking into consideration the tips mentioned should make you odor-free!