Everyone has bad breath sometimes, especially after a meal that includes strong-flavored foods or drinks. For many people, a swish of mouthwash or a minute with a toothbrush is enough to get rid of the offending odor. For millions of others, though, no amount of brushing, mouthwash, or gum chewing is enough to banish stubborn halitosis. If you’re wincing in recognition, rest assured. There is a solution, and it involves tackling the source of the problem.
Chronic bad breath occurs when sulfur-causing bacteria accumulate on the back of the tongue. They typically lurk out of reach of a normal toothbrush, but with a specialized tongue scraper, you can reach back there and remove these stinky interlopers. Then, using all-natural toothpaste, gently but thoroughly brush your tongue, your teeth, the inside of your cheeks, and even the roof of your mouth. This works to get rid of bad breath for the vast majority of chronic halitosis sufferers.
Natural to-do: Chewing sugarless and chemical-free gum increases saliva production, which rinses out the mouth and clears away bacteria. Staying away from garlic, drinking plenty of water, and nibbling on mint or parsley leaves can also improve your breath.