Breathe easier with these tips on improving your breath
Hey, garlic breath. Yeah, we’re talking to you. You might want to grab a breath mint to dissipate a bit of that odor wafting out every time you open your mouth to talk. But what should you do when the odor you’re emanating has nothing to do with garlic? Well, there are several causes of chronic bad breath and several ways to treat it. Take a deep breath because HellaWella’s got you covered on the oral hygiene front so next time you can exhale with confidence.
Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, can be caused by tobacco use, dry mouth and an infection somewhere else in your body, according to OralB.com. So if you smoke, quit, because bad breath is the least of your worries in that case. For dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water, chew gum or suck on candy to help produce saliva. If none of those are working, see your doctor for some options to help the condition.
And if you’ve gone to the dentist and he or she can’t find any reason for your bad breath, you might want to see your physician, as it can be a sign of anything from respiratory tract infections to bronchitis, diabetes or liver and kidney problems, according to WebMD.
The best way to combat bad breath is to be consistent in your oral hygiene. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly to remove extra little bits that brushing might miss. Breath mints and mouthwashes are temporary solutions, so if you find that you still need some extra help, see your doctor for some stronger solutions.
A tongue scraper may be a good investment. We know they sound painful, but they’re actually not at all. Still not into it? That’s OK; you can just brush your tongue during regular brushings. Also, be sure to replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
Tell us: What was an embarrassing moment when you realized your breath wasn’t its freshest?