Staying smoochable means fighting bad breath where it starts: usually food particles left in the mouth after a meal and the resulting bacteria. Check out these surefire ways to fight the funk.
1. Brush, floss, scrape
The problem: Like gums and the crevices between teeth, your tongue’s grooved surface traps sulphur-dioxide-producing bacteria.
Quick fix: The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice and flossing once each day, but to knock out icky smells before they start, brush and floss immediately after eating. And scrape the tongue surface three or four times post-meal with a nonporous tongue rake. Follow up each mouth-cleaning exercise with a thorough swish of water.
2. Pucker up
The problem: Though lips are much smoother than your gums and tongue, even the slightest creases can trap food particles and microorganisms. Plus, sticky lip tissue becomes prime real estate for odorous bacteria.
Quick fix: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily to keep your lips hydrated and whisk away lingering particles. And apply all-natural lip balm.
3. Eat well
The problem: Dairy and pungent foods like onions and garlic make breath stink.
Quick fixes: Oregano, parsley, and sweet basil neutralize odors. The antimicrobial properties of cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon bark also stymie microbes, while offering powerful flavors that improve odor. Also, a high-fiber fruit or vegetable, such as apples, celery, and pineapple contain enzymes that break down odor-causing bacteria and churn saliva, which quashes bacteria.
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By Melaina Juntti