How many times have you been gearing up for that job interview, or your big date, and wondered about your breath? Will you come across as competent or charming if the only thing the person across the table can think about is how to offer you a mint without seeming rude? Well, the good news is that most of the time your breath is just fine. The better news is that even when you do legitimately have bad breath, the reasons why are fairly easy to eliminate.
3 Commonly Overlooked Reasons For Bad Breath
Reason #1: Tongue Bacteria
When was the last time you took a long, hard look at your tongue in the mirror? Because if you don’t brush it, chances are good you’ve noticed a kind of film on it. That is bacteria, and its build-up can lead to some serious swamp mouth. So when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning, and at night, take a few seconds to brush your tongue, too. It can feel weird at first, but it’s worth it.
Reason #2: Decaying Food Between Your Teeth
When our dentists tells us to floss, it’s not just because it’s good for our oral health; it also stops us from smelling like a komodo dragon. If you leave food between your teeth, even if you don’t notice it, it decomposes. That makes your mouth smell like a garbage can, and the particles are in a place you can’t reach with your toothbrush. So floss twice a day, and you’ll find you have fresher, cleaner breath.
Reason #3: You’re Hungry, Dehydrated, or Both
Saliva, while we might not think about it all that often, is instrumental in keeping our mouths clean. While you don’t want too much, too little can dry your mouth out. Know what makes that happen? Skipping meals, and not drinking water. So make sure you’re hydrating, and try not to skip lunch if you can avoid it.
Want better breath? These simple changes in your daily routine will no longer be overlooked reasons for bad breath and your mouth will be as fresh as your Mom’s morning pancakes.