Don’t forget to check your breath. Changes in today’s work and lifestyles have meant many of us don’t get to see each other as much as we used to, and we must make a special effort to socialize.
When we do see each other in the flesh, we’re making a first impression all over again. You don’t want halitosis to cast any kind of pall over the joyous reunion.
It’s usually an issue you can easily take care of yourself. In some cases bad breath is related to medications, to an underlying condition such as periodontal disease, dry mouth, seasonal allergies, chronic sinus or lung infections, diabetes or kidney and liver problems.
If you currently have one of these ailments or the following home remedies don’t improve your breath, you should consult your dentist or doctor.
BRUSH, FLOSS AND SCRAPE MORE OFTEN
The daily recommendation for overall dental health is to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once, though you can always do them more often if concerned about your breath or possible tooth decay. Brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper is also important for eliminating bacteria that tends to accumulate on its surface.
AVOID CERTAIN FOODS
If you’re going to be heading out to see someone after lunch or dinner and
are concerned about your breath, don’t eat the perennial worst offenders, garlic or onions. Thesulfuric compounds that cause their odor make it down to your lungs and continue to affect your breath, so toothpaste and mouthwash can’t cover it up.
USE MOUTHWASH REGULARLY
It can help to mask some odors when you’re in a pinch, but the best products are formulated to also kill bacteria and other germs that cause smelly breath and tooth decay, so adding it to your routine will help stop both at the source.
Drink plenty of water to make sure your mouth doesn’t get dried out, since saliva helps keep odor- causing bacteria in check. Coffee and alcohol have a dehydrating effect so be careful with these drinks.