Use These Four Tips to Stop Bad Breath from Stealing Your Mojo

by Alesha Wilson
(Wilmington, NC)

No one is born with bad breath, but if you do those things that cause it, you will soon notice that when you talk, people gradually move further and further away from you. Things can be even worse in the morning. So how do you stop bad breath from stealing your mojo? Here are some tips.

1. Brush before bedtime. If you don’t want to wake up with horrible morning breath, you seriously need to make brushing before bedtime a daily routine. Gargling afterwards also helps make sure that the bacteria left behind after brushing is removed.

2. Avoid sweet foods. Sweet foods cause bad breath more than anything else. You may have noticed that your breath smells funny a few hours after eating something sweet. Bad breath aside, you might also develop cavities if you continue eating sweets without brushing your teeth.

3. Pay attention to, and take care of, your allergies. Some people who have allergies tend to have bad breath as a side effect. Though this is not that common, you should still ask your doctor about allergies as a possible cause of your bad breath. If it is your toothpaste, make sure that you switch to a tooth care product that does not contain the substance to which you are allergic. And while you’re at it, you might also want to note the presence of fluoride in the toothpaste since that causes problems with the absorption of iodine.

4. Monitor your blood sugar. Elevated glucose levels affect your breath, and one good way to fight this off is by using oral products with xylitol. It is effective against bad breath by killing bacteria in the mouth. There is also some research which indicates that xylitol helps maintain healthy glucose level.

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