Have you ever noticed people covering their mouth while talking to you? Or your officemate stands back whenever you try to whisper something? If you’ve ruled out that it’s not your attitude as the reason, it might not be something personal that’s keeping people literally distant – maybe it’s your breath.
Some people who have a smelly mouth doesn’t know it even if their mouth is closest to their nose. Try a close friend who can be brutally honest with you for an opinion, but do this in the middle of the day, not when you just had onion rings.
Having a smelly breath is usually not a cause of concern nor something to be shy about. It happens when there’s a buildup of odor-causing bacteria that may arise from a lot of circumstances, like when food gets stuck in between your pearly whites, acid reflux, and just poor oral hygiene.
Sometimes, halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is a manifestation of an underlying more serious illness. Your best bet is to visit the dentist, who may advice you on what to do. But if you’re afraid to find yourself sitting at the dentist’s chair with your mouth wide open, try these remedies first and see for yourself:
Are you familiar with the smoker’s breath? People who smoke usually develop bad breath because tobacco products such as cigarettes increase the growth of bacteria in your mouth.
But it’s not just your breath that’s suffering from the vice, your overall oral health may be affected because it was linked to gum disease and mouth cancers in the past. Cannabis and vaping are not off the hook as they too have known to impact your mouth.
A dry mouth gives you an off feeling, kind of like you can’t talk properly. But that’s not all, being dehydrated causes bad breath.
The science behind this is this: less water intake means a reduction in salivary flow, which results in a more concentrated breath. The solution? Drink enough water and in case you still don’t know, experts advise about eight glasses of water a day, which will also do your skin good.
Pop a Gum
If you’re out at a party and didn’t bring your toothbrush, you can always go for a gum, preferably sugarless, to keep your mouth moist. Again, going back to the other rule, you must avoid a dehydrated mouth. Plus, the gum technically lifts the food still lingering in your teeth.
Eat an Apple
If in case you have just eaten a dish filled with garlic, take a bite of an apple, which was said to effectively neutralize the garlicky smell. There are some people whose garlic breath stays for long, so this is definitely a must-try. Plus, the chewing the fruit is said to be helpful in whitening your teeth.