Amazing-smelling, kissable breath anyone? Here are ways for us to be all kissable not only this holidays, but every single day.
1. Load up with Water. This lubricates our mouth, keeping bacteria away are one of the benefits of water. Bottled drinks, sodas, sports drinks and some bottled iced teas are packed with citric acid, which may contribute to bad breath but wears away the enamel on your teeth. Soda is even more acidic and can literally take paint off wall, so lower your intake of drinks of the sort and replace them with good, old water.
2. Eat Well. It is recommended to eat a low carb-diet with fats and proteins. The odor out of Ketones (byproduct of fat), can come back up through your esophagus and stick to your tongue, so it’s important to add carbs like can broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, and fresh fruits into your diet, which balance out the fats and promote better breath.
Add veggies too, these promote an alkaline environment neutralizing the bad-breath causing acid in your body.
Munch on crunchy fruits like apple, (carrots, celery are good too) because of its hard textures, this remove food in between teeth and scrapes the bacteria sits on them. This acts like a natural toothbrush.
Chew on Fresh mint leaves (or parsley). This makes your breath naturally fresh.
3. Increase more green juice and lessen coffee.Green juice contains low levels of acid, while coffee contains high amounts, which can lead to bad breath. And keeping your body at an alkaline level rather than an acidic level will make it function better overall.
4. Brush and FLOSS every single day. Did you know that it is really important that you also floss aside from brushing? One of the benefits is it dislodges anything that your toothbrush couldn’t get to. If you don’t floss regularly, the food in between your teeth will feed the bacteria in your mouth, and the more nutrients you give the bacteria, the more the bacteria will give off stinky acids that cause bad breath. One more thing to convince you in flossing –
5. Clean your tongue. Bacteria stick to your taste buds, then release a waste byproduct that causes a gross stench. When you use a tongue scraper or brush your tongue, you remove any bacteria, byproducts from the bacteria, or plaque that form.
6. Gargle with alcohol-free mouthwash that has zinc compound. Saliva washes away odor and cavity causing bacteria, so our aim is to keep our mouth moist. Alcohol dries our mouth and leads to more bacteria accumulation and eventually bad breath. Dr. Glassman recommends choosing a natural mouthwash without alcohol by using 1 tablespoon baking soda poured into 1 cup warm water with a few drops of essential peppermint oil. “The baking soda is antibacterial, there isn’t any alcohol it in, and it can help freshen your breath in a pinch if you run out of mouthwash,” she says.
“It’s also important to pick up an alcohol-free mouthwash with a zinc compound in it, since zinc kills the volatile sulphur compounds,” Dr. Jablow says. She recommends from her oral care product line Intelliwhite IntelliFresh Oral Rinse Fusion, which also contains peroxide that kills the bacteria that sits under the gum line.
7. Chew on sugarless gum that contains xylitol. Remember the goal of keeping mouth moist for more saliva. By chewing gum, it increases salivary flow and helps remove some bacteria, but make sure it is sugar-free so you’re not feeding the bacteria in your mouth and contributing to bad breath, which makes it senseless if you opt to. Choose those with Xylitol as it helps fight cavities and bacteria while improving the health of your teeth and gums.
8. Keep a breath gel/freshener handy. For an instant and quick fresh breath, pop a breath gel that contains xylitol, zinc chloride, eucalyptol, and vitamin C, which all promote healthy gum tissue on top of keeping your breath fresh. You can also opt for mints that contain the same ingredients for fresher breath.
9. Stop puffing that stick. Smoking not only dries out your mouth, the nicotine actually squeezes the blood vessels so you’re not getting healthy saliva flow, which is just one of the bad health effects of smoking. This combo is what disrupts your mouth’s normal functioning process and leads to bad breath. To avoid this from happening, stop smoking or never start at all.
10. Regularly visit your dentist. You don’t want to wait for the halitosis to get you, before you religiously see your dentist.