Sweet Talk: Natural Cures for Bad Breath
Sometimes bad breath hits even the savviest of creatures and it's nothing to be ashamed about. The most important thing is to be aware of some of the causes so you can avoid them like the plague, particularly if you have a hot date coming up (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).
The second most important thing is to forget everything you ever thought about curing bad breath (mints, sprays, gums), which only mask the problem temporarily, returning you to your previous stink mouth state, this time with a vaguely minty sweet cover.
Bad Breath. Why We Get It & How to Avoid It:
- Food-related bad breath: Watch what you eat! This is the easiest type of bad breath to avoid as downing ingredients like onions, garlic, or pungent spices, which hang around in your bloodstream, is a surefire ticket on a bad breath merry-go-round.
- Dental-related bad breath: Hit the dentist twice a year! Bacteria in the mouth like plaque, dirty teeth, cavities, gum disease or food stuck in teeth is the kind of bad breath that requires dentist intervention, so don't skip those twice yearly appointments to avoid this kind of stink mouth.
- Health-related bad breath: Stay healthy! Colds, sinus infections, diabetes, ulcers, acid reflux, poor digestion can cause you to mouth-breathe leading to dehydration and bad breath.
Bad Breath: How to Cure it:
- Fight tooth-related bad breath before they begin by munching on plaque-fighting foods like celery, carrots, apples, strawberries and fresh herbs like mint, parsley and sage.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly!
- Brush your tongue as well, especially with bacteria-fighting baking soda
- Stay hydrated. Saliva is a natural anti-bacterial and dry, cotton mouth = stinky mouth
- Gargle with salt water to fight bacterial growth
- Make a clove rinse, it's a cheap, easy and powerful antiseptic. Steep 3 whole cloves in 2 cups of hot water for 20 minutes. Strain and gargle twice a day.
- Suck on a salted lemon to fight food-related bad breath
Foods to Avoid on a Date:
- Avoid sugary foods and acidic beverages which foster bacterial growth.
- Forget pungent foods and spices that stay in your bloodstream such as garlic, onions, cheese and potent fish like tuna.