Halitosis AKA Bad Breath : So What Can You Do About It?

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.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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