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We have all gone through one of these:

  1. escape to the bathroom to use breath spray or brush our teeth (other than the usual) to retain fresh breath for an interview, a meeting or a social gathering;
  2. waking up with an unpleasant or outright nasty odor in the mouth;
  3. brushing our teeth at least 3 times a day because of losing the fresh breath;
  4. chew on gums thinking we can capture the leftover food that sticks on the teeth that might have produce bad breath
  5. not getting any hugs in the morning because of our bad breath when we wake up;
  6. checking out our breath by blowing into the palm of our hand and breathing to smell it.

Floss after brushing your teeth

There is an important step which people skip or ignore after brushing their teeth. People fail to floss their teeth after completing brushing teeth. Unfortunately, no matter how often you do it if you, you keep staring into the mirror, with mouth wide open, inspecting which part you might have missed. The process requires some fairly tight hand maneuvers, sometimes standing for the entire hour in front of the mirror. If you are comfortable with this method, stick to it!

Most stores offer gum stimulators in their ‘Health & Beauty’ sections. They basically look like small sticks with teardrops on the end of them. Similar to flossing, you just insert the tip of the “teardrop” between your teeth, push it up until it is snug with your gums, and then bring it back down. It will stimulate your gums and remove excess tartar that gets deposited in those regions. Besides helping you with your bad breath battle, it will make your next dental visit less painful.

After flossing, you absolutely MUST rinse out your mouth to flush tarter and kill bacteria that are lingering in your mouth. Do this for at least 90 seconds, so you get the maximum benefit. Make sure that you use a mouthwash that does not contain drying agents.

1 cheap item from your fridge

Eat about 3-ounces of sugar-free yogurt containing live cultures of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermopholis (Check the labels!) every day!

by Tomas O’Caomhanach

The Bad Breath Report offers advice on how to create a super-powerful mouthwash using two household ingredients. These steps will not solve your problem permanently. However, if you incorporate them into your morning and evening routines, much of the problem will dissipate, and become more manageable.