Would you believe us Americans spend around $10 billion per year on products that help fight bad breath? According to Statista, roughly 2.12 million people spent at least $250 or more per year on oral health care products. That’s a lot of money just to make sure your breath smells great!
Did you know that there are seven easy tricks that fight bad breath using items you probably have already? Read on to find out what they are and how you can use them to ensure you aren’t scaring people away when you talk!
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Gum disease is a well-known cause of bad breath. Brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride to keep your gums healthy. If you smoke, quit, as smoking is strongly associated with a weakened immune system and gum-related issues.
Scrape Your Tongue
Not everyone realizes that scraping the tongue can get rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath. After you are done brushing your teeth, use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to scrape off the top of your tongue.
Watch Your Diet
Garlic and onions can cause bad breath pretty quickly. What you eat can affect your breath! You should also stay away from foods that encourage the growth of bacteria, such as those that contain high levels of acidic acid or fructose.
Chew Fruit Peels
Buy some fresh citrus fruits, such as lemons and oranges, and rinse them off well. Peel the fruit and then chew on the peel. The citrus acid in the fruit will cause your salivary glands to work overtime, producing more saliva. This saliva is your mouth’s number one natural defense against tooth decay and bad breath. Plus, your mouth will immediately taste fresh and clean!
Brush Twice and Floss Once
Proper brushing and flossing will remove food that can get stuck between the teeth, causing odors to form. Many people do not brush and floss enough and this can easily contribute to foul mouth odors. Make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and floss at least one time.
Drink Plenty of Water
We all know the benefits of staying hydrated, but not everyone realizes that we need water to help our salivary glands work right. Water also helps to prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth, something that can cause bad breath. Make sure to drink two litres or more of water every day. Don’t drink anything sugary at night as sugary drinks assist the buildup of bacteria.
Natural Mouthwash and Fresheners
You can use baking soda as a natural mouthwash. All you need to do is take one teaspoon of the powder, dissolve it in a warm cup of water, and then rinse your mouth out with it. Also, dip a small amount of the soda onto your toothbrush and then brush your teeth.
Another way to get minty-smelling breath is to, you guessed it, chew on mint leaves! You can also fight bad mouth odor by chewing on cloves, fennel seeds, and cardamom.