Ever gone for a kiss and had someone pull away, ever had someone stand back from you during a conversation, maybe you’ve had a person come out right and say ‘mate, you need a breath mint’. Either way, the sure bet is that you’ve either eaten garlic the night before, or you’re suffering with Halitosis. If you think your mouth could do with freshening up then here are a few tips courtesy of The Mail Online, let us know if they help!
1.) Drink coffee (no milk): Coffee with milk is the apparently the problem. This is thought to be a combination of factors including caffeine’s dehydrating properties, and fermenting milk residue in your mouth. The worst culprit is a cappuccino or latte, so have some gum ready after this!
2.) Drink green tea: This is thought to be because of green teas lower caffeine content and high polyphenol content which neutralises the sulphurous gases given off by oral bacteria
3.) Rinse with coconut oil: Rinsing your mouth for 10-15mins with coconut oil is evidently a good way to dislodge oral bacteria. Dr Payman Langroudi, a dentist from the chain Enlighten Smiles, says: ‘These micro-organisms contain fatty membranes that are attracted to the oil as you swill it around. Coconut oil also has antibacterial properties.’
4.) Eat yoghurt: Yes, yoghurt may be a dairy source, but it seems to have the opposite effect on breath compared to milk. Volunteers who ate 90g of yoghurt twice a day for six weeks saw an 80% drop in hydrogen sulphide in their saliva. Hydrogen sulphide is one of the main contributors to bad breath, so it pays to keep these levels low.
5.) Chew gum, but not for too long: The minty release from chewing gum doesn’t sort your bad breath problem in the long. Instead it can help to fix halitosis through its ability to stimulate saliva release, it is the increased salivation that neutralises oral bacteria and freshens breath. Dr Mel Rosenberg from the British Dental Association suggests chewing a piece of sugarless gum for a couple of mins and then discarding it.