You lock eyes across the room. The air is electric. A gorgeous creature saunters over to your table and just as they start to say hello…it hits.
Bad breath. Not exactly how every fairytale begins, is it?
While some causes of bad breath are rooted in deeper medical issues, most can be easily avoided if you follow a few simple tricks sure to keep you minty fresh. Usually a result of poor dental hygiene, leftover food that clogs one’s teeth, and troublesome daily habits, bad breath can nevertheless be managed by developing a few good habits that will keep the effects of bad breath for lingering any longer than they need to.
What are these you ask? Let’s dive in.
We hate to point out the obvious, but if you’re not keeping up your twice a day brushing habit chances are food and other bacteria are piling up amongst your teeth as we speak. We recommend brushing your teeth daily, morning and night so that you start and end each day ready to take on the next!
Again, this one might seem like a no-brainer to some, but unless you’re flossing daily you can miss cleaning up to 35% of the surface of your teeth, leaving room for decay to creep in sooner rather than later. Remember, prevention is a much better option than trying to fix issues later, so before you go to bed tonight – don’t forget to floss.
In addition to the day to day wear and tear our teeth go through, smoking can build up excess toxins and decay quicker than we can realise – until we do. Along with the unbecoming smell that comes with the habit, smoking can also lead to discolouration of the teeth and irritated gums, posing some more serious oral health risks further down the road. No surprises here ladies and gentlemen – better to kick it to the curb if you’re serious about keeping your teeth healthy!
Our saliva plays a big part in fighting bacteria and particles that cause nasty odours, and if you don’t stay hydrated, your glands can’t keep up with the demand. It’s a phenomenon most of us will notice when we wake up in the morning after hours without liquid, hence that lovely term ‘morning breath’. This one is a simple fix – stay hydrated throughout the day so you can keep those glands working overtime for you.
Prescription medications can interact with the body in a way that produces an unusual and undesired odour, along with many plant-based vitamins and minerals. Consult your local GP about a potential switch up or countermeasures you can put in place to minimise their impact, and always be aware of what you’re putting in your body that might be causing unwanted side effects.
And we do mean that quite literally. Try to avoid foods that have too pungent a flavour – the obvious ones being garlic, onion, or something fishy like anchovies. It may taste good while you’re eating it, but strong flavours tend to linger as strong smells, so if you’re going to be up close and personal with anyone throughout the day do them (and yourself) a favour and avoid them!
If you make or break these habits and keep up with your oral care routine, you can say “goodbye” to that self-consciousness of bad breath and hello to a cleaner, fresher you. Need a quick fix? Try a good mouthwash to give your teeth the boost they need with an anti-bacterial solution to flush out the bad stuff.
Whether bad breath comes and goes or is an ongoing concern in your life, the Mint Dental team is here to walk you through your options and get you back to minty fresh (see what we did there?) in no time!