It’s not even time for lunch yet.
You’ve been in the board room with the door closed for an hour.
Someone in the room has bad breath and it’s permeated the air.
It’s getting uncomfortable to breathe.
How do you tell some they have bad breath?
Worse still, what if the offender… is YOU?
It’s happened to all of us at one time or another.
The good news is, there are steps that you can take to get rid of bad breath.
Before you can get rid of bad breath, it helps to try to determine the cause of the offense. Generally, first thing in the morning, we all have bad breath.
Bacteria builds up in your mouth while you sleep, causing inflammation and giving off a foul odor. The obvious cure for this is good hygiene.
Brushing before bed will greatly reduce the bacteria in your mouth to begin with. Adopt a regular brushing and flossing routine in the morning.
Bad breath can be caused by dental issues like gum disease, cavities or simply from food trapped in our tonsils, fillings or teeth. Occasionally, chronic bad breath can be caused by something more serious, such as a respiratory infection, diabetes or even liver disease.
Less commonly, bad breath can be caused by gastro intestinal issues like GERD or acid reflux. If your dental hygiene is already immaculate, check with your physician to determine if there may be a more serious underlying cause.
So what can you do to eliminate the problem? The most basic way to get rid of bad breath, is often simply to be sure that you brush long enough.
Most folks don’t. If you don’t want to watch the clock tick as you brush, an electric toothbrush with a timer is a great option.
Not only will you be sure to brush long enough, but the electric brush will you give you a more consistent brush pattern for a better cleaning. Flossing regularly removes plaque build up that causes bad breath. Adding a mouth was that contains antibacterial or antiseptic ingredients will also reduce the bacteria in your mouth and give you a fresh feeling.
Foods and drinks are often a culprit behind bad breath. Onion, garlic, spicy foods and those with pungent flavors can make fresh breath a real challenge, as will coffee, tobacco and alcohol.
Long after you’ve eaten the food, your body is still expelling it’s odor through your breath (and sometimes your pores as well). Particularly during the work day, it’s just best to avoid or cut back on these types of foods. Keep a tooth brush and travel size toothpaste and mouthwash in your desk for times when you need to freshen up. I guarantee, your coworkers will appreciate the effort.
Mints, of course, are an easy, albeit temporary fix. One word of caution! Choose a mint that is sugar free. Added sugar will just give bacteria something to feed on and worsen the issue. Lastly, stay hydrated! A dry mouth, regardless of your habits, is a sure offender.