Bad breath is medically called halitosis, it can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems or just plain tooth decay. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
How Does What You Eat Affect Breath?
Basically, all the food eaten begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing — even mouthwash — merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.
How to Make Conversations a Little sweeter
It’s terribly obvious that a bad breath could dampen a very good discussion or ruin the chance of a conversation due to a “notorious” bad breath. While there are tried and true techniques e.g tomato juice – which deodorizes breath by people who once suffered this health condition, we have more tips to give you, from answers from survey takers.
1. Brush your Tongue
I know some people would spend three-five minutes daily polishing their “pearly whites” (teeth). But most other barely bother or rather can’t be patient enough to let a brush spend less than two minutes in their mouths. This state of dental hygiene threatens with bacterial buildup which leads to gum diseases and tooth decay, also leaving them with a breath that has similar effect with “tear gas” *just saying*
It is important to brush teeth two to three minutes twice a day, floss your teeth once a day, ensure to clean both teeth and tongue, also the roof and sides of your mouth.
Personally, I learnt this as a child, brushing off the taste of medicine. Dentists say that the velvety-textured tongue is loaded with food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath, hence the need to brush your tongue regularly. These days, there are toothbrushes that come with parts you can use to brush tongue. Get you some of those today.
2. Use of Baking Soda
Going back in time, before the advent of toothpaste, people used baking soda because it was cheap and effective. Even in modern day, most manufacturer’s of toothpaste, add in some baking soda because it is effective in freshening breath. Some dentist’s suggest brushing with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to help control gum problems and it helps sweeten breath too. Experts explain that baking soda changes the acidity in the mouth, making it a less friendly environment to bacteria that cause bad breath.
3. Go for the Green
Surveys have shown that consumption of parsley, mint leaves help sweeten breath. The parsley garnish dates back to ancient Romans who chewed on sprigs at banquets to freshen their breath. These plants contain strong-scented oils that mask mouth odors when they are chewed. According to Ronald Bogdasarian M.D., an otorhinolaryngologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School. “The same oils that freshen the breath when you chew are digested and exuded through the lungs some 24hrs later.will get an additional breath freshening benefit if you swallow the leaves.
4. Avoid Breath Blasters
To those who can’t exempt onions and garlic from from the diet and have decided to endure the smell coming out of their bodies. Some other culprits are meat and milk. So, take a time out to make notes of what you ate and how they affected your breath afterwards. Smoking is a known breath blaster too.
5. Fruits and Veggies Work Wonders Too
Most people have attested to addition of certain foods to their diet in other the counteract bad breath. Foods like fruits (especially apples), vegetables (leafy greens), yorghurt, wheat grass juice. You might wonder how these foods work. They act to detoxify the bowel, which in turn sweetens the breath. According to Dr. Sataloff, these foods may help prevent constipation which could contribute to bad breath. Chlorophyll (the green plant pigment) has a deodorizing effect too. There’s a form of it that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as a safe and effective deodorizing compound. It’s called Chlorophyllin Copper Complex.