Bad breath is something that so many people struggle with knowingly and often times unknowingly. However, something we have a hard time understanding is that it's not something to be ashamed of because guess what, everyone deals with bad breath here and there, it's totally normal and manageable ♥
Whether it's morning breath, oral thrush caused by prescription medicines, excess bacteria, dead tongue cells or just that smell that stays behind after eating a garlic-y snack or etc., we got you! We recommend you try these tips & tricks and you're bound to have the freshest breath around. Whichever methods you decide to stick with, make them a habit and incorporate into your daily routine!
- Brush your teeth 3 times a day. The old 2X a day rule no longer applies, it's 2020. You should also be brushing after any meal. Brush for 2 minutes each time ♥
- Make sure you're brushing that tongue at the end of every brushing sesh! The tongue is where the odor is coming from, so this step is i-m-p-o-r-t-a-n-t
- Floss at least once a day (we know it might be a stretch for a lot of people to floss more, so baby steps ♥ but if you can, floss twice a day)
- This step is the golden rule. TONGUE SCRAPERS. Scrape your tongue twice a day, once after you brush in the AM and in the PM. If you don't have a tongue scraper, you need to do yourself a favor and get one! We recommend a stainless steel tongue scraper, you can get a set of 2 on Amazon for as little as $5. Keep it clean by washing with disinfectant & hot water after each use.
- Find an antibacterial mouthwash that works for you and get to rinsing after brushing your teeth-we recommend rinsing for at least 30 seconds each rinse and up to 3 times a day, at least 2.
- Warm saltwater rinse. This method is recommended for those sick days when you've got a sore throat, but it's also great for killing bacteria because as we all know, saline is a natural disinfectant! A 45 second-1 minute rinse with warm saltwater once a week will keep any bad breath at bay by killing off any excess bacteria ♥
STAY HYDRATED! Have you ever noticed when you're dehydrated or even just thirsty your mouth is super dry and you feel like your breath may be stronger than usual? That's because it is! The natural and normal bacteria and dead tongue cells on your tongue thrive off of the drier environment when you're not hydrated and make that odor all the more stronger. So keep drinking that water boo ♥
- Last but not least, if you're wanting the freshest of the fresh: get some mints or mint gum to have on you for those moments, whether it be date night, post-coffee or just because you feel like it.
That's it loves! ♥