There are few things worse than bad breath. Okay there are a lot, like the crunching economy, the increasing hot weather that makes it seem like hell is having a leak, but I digress.

Bad breath is a world problem that should be taken care of. Not only is it quite painful having to hold your breath when someone who has this problem decides to speak so close to your face, it also rids our confidence.

So here’s a way to improve your oral hygiene in order to get rid of what doctors call Halitosis– bad breath.


brush regularly

Most of us have the habit of just brushing in the morning. To maintain a good oral hygiene, you’ve got to brush as the need arises. Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria living in every corner of your mouth and the decaying remains of food in your mouth.

When brushing do not ignore your gums, the roof of your mouth and tongue. Albeit don’t brush too hard, go easy.


clean tongue

For good breath, you’ve got to treat your tongue like a baby. The tongue should not be white, although some people naturally have a tongue that’s on the white side. However, the tongue should be pink without a white coating. Place a mirror in your bathroom to be sure your tongue is being cleaned properly. Some stores sell tongue brushes/scrapers, but the toothbrush will do fine if you are out of options.

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floss regularly

This is usually ignored by many, but flossing is important. If you don’t believe me, try flossing once and just smell your floss–if you even dare to! Food particles are usually lodged in areas that the brush cannot penetrate and mouthwash cannot flush. Flossing ensures that these particles which can stay lodged in the nooks and crannies of your mouth for ages are gotten rid of.


use mouthwash

Mouthwash moisturizes the mouth. A dry mouth means a smelly mouth, explains why the mouth smells like a bin after a long night rest. The brush can’t reach the back of the mouth without causing you to choke. Since most bacteria live at the back of the tongue, using a mouth wash proves very effective. When buying a mouth wash, be sure to pick an alcohol-free one.

In addition to these, you should have a pack of gum handy. Gum with Xylitol instead of sugar will prove better as bacteria feeds on sugar.

Also, drink water regularly to keep your mouth moisturized.

However, if an improved oral hygiene proves abortive, you might want to visit a doctor.

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