It is not hard to keep your teeth and gums healthy and improve your breath.
Below are some simple steps you can follow to keep your mouth fresh and clean:
Brush and floss your teeth
Brush your teeth no less than twice a day and floss at least daily. Flossing removes food particles and plaque that’s stuck in between your teeth. This helps control bad breath.
- Rinse your mouth out
Mouthwash helps get rid of bacteria and kill germs that are responsible for bad breath. Also, swishing your mouth with plain water after eating can help your breath.
- Ensure you scrape your tongue
Your tongue can form a coating that can be a host for smelly bacteria. Gently brush your tongue using a toothbrush. You can also use a scraper to remove food particles, dead cells, and bacteria.
- Avoid foods that make your breath sour
Onions and garlic cause bad breath and brushing won’t help it. The best way to avoid bad breath is to avoid eating them, especially when going to work or to see friends.
Also, you can drink milk after taking garlic and onion to avoid bad breath.
- Brush your teeth after meals
Clean your teeth with a toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste after taking meals. Use it at least twice a day.
- Clean dentures or dental appliances
Clean your dentures or bridge at least twice a day or as directed by the dentist.
- Adjust your diet
Avoid taking sugary foods as most of them are associated with bad breath.
- Avoid dry mouth
Keep your mouth moist by regularly drinking lots of water. Avoid soft drinks, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco as they can lead to a drier mouth.
- Routinely get a new toothbrush
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and change it after 3 months or when it becomes frayed.
- Homemade mouthwash with baking soda
Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate can effectively kill bacteria in your mouth. Research has shown that toothpaste containing large amounts of baking soda can reduce bad breath. Baking Soda can effectively kill bacteria in the mouth.
Other Home Remedies
Other home remedies include the following:
- Pineapple juice
- Fennel or anise seeds
- Green tea