Bad breath, also known as halitosis, affects millions of Americans every year, often being a chronic issue related to one of these 3 causes:
1. Poor oral hygiene
2. Not staying properly hydrated through the day (indicated by a dry mouth)
3. Lifestyle choices (i.e. smoking & drinking)
If you are suffering from bad breath, then run through this checklist:
- Are you drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day?
- Are you brushing at least twice a day, preferably morning and night?
- Are you flossing at least once per day, preferably in the night?
- Do you ever clean or scrape your tongue down with your toothbrush, preferably in the morning?
- Do you use mouthwash?
- Do you replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months?
- For those with dentures, do you remove them at night and clean them?
It’s important to make sure these above items are met if you are suffering from bad breath. If they are, then proceed on.
9 Medical Conditions That May Cause Bad Breath
A truly natural way of fighting bad breath: homemade lemon drops.
All you need is:
- Fresh filtered water
- Lemon juice, either squeezed yourself using a lemon or pre-squeezed
- Ice cube tray
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
Put your pinch of cinnamon in the bottom of every square in the tray, then add in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and then fill the remaining space with water. Put it into the freezer overnight and you now have something to suck on every morning just before work. It’s a truly natural way of fighting bad breath and it’s incredibly easy to make – and they taste great as well!
…But my bad breath is not improving?
If your bad breath does not seem to be improving even though you followed these tips with dedication, then there may be an underlying medical issue. These events are rare, but they do occur and would require intervention from your dentist.