I remember reading a Richie Rich comic as a kid. The comic was about a villain Richie faces who turns victims unconscious with his bad breath. Although such a scenario is still far away from reality, it is true that bad breath afflicts people around the world. It sours conversations and causes grimaces in would-be friends. It affects social life. But there are ways to combat this villain that is bad breath.

Bi-yearly Visits To The Dentist

If you have done all there is to do to control bad breath but it has not borne fruit, maybe it is time to visit the dentist. The dentist tackles the problem at the root and thus ensures a health mouth free of bad breath. Not visiting a dentist at least once every six months is seen as a reason for bad breath. Dentists clean your teeth professionally. Some for whom tartar builds up fast may need to see the dentist four times a year.

Give Up Cigarettes

In 2011 46.6 million Americans smoked cigarettes. Cigarettes not only fill the mouth with chemicals, they are also a cause of several problems including bad breath.  Cigarette smokers are likely to encounter bad breath and mouth disease in addition to higher levels of plaque. Dry mouths caused by cigarettes lack oxygen – an environment in which bad breath causing bacteria multiply.

Eat Right

Eating the right food can go a long way towards making your mouth smell good. Fruits containing a high level of vitamin C kill the bacteria in your mouth. Such fruits include – citrus fruits, berries and melons. Celery, carrots and apples help to remove foods that stick to your teeth. Saliva production is also stimulated by these foods; this helps cure bad breath.

Natural Bad Breath Fighters

Sipping green tea is a great way to keep bad breath away. Stir your tea with a cinnamon stick so that its essential oils send the bad breath away. Even if you do not have the time to brush for a day or two these foods keep bad breath away – dill, cilantro, basil, parsley and mint. Use chlorophyll as sublingual drops or tablets to cure bad breath.

Rinse Your Mouth

After eating and drinking, remember to rinse your mouth. Acidic beverages result in bad breath. They also promote bacteria in the mouth. Rinsing the mouth rebalances the pH levels. So remember to do it after eating or drinking.

Understand What You Eat

Understanding what you eat and how it contributes to bad breath is essential. Garlic and onions are notorious for causing bad breath. A lesser known culprit is meat. Meat sticks in-between teeth and helps bacteria to reproduce.

Keep Your Mouth Wet

Waking up in the morning you may notice ample bad breath in the mouth. This is because saliva production has dwindled in the night and also because the mouth has remained closed to oxygen for so long. Drink plenty of water so that saliva is produced in your mouth the whole day. In addition brush, floss and rinse for that healthy breath.

Keep Your Tongue Clean

It is believed that some bacteria on the tongue promote good breath. On the other hand some bacteria produce a foul smell.  Cleaning your tongue keeps harmful bacteria out and promotes good breath.

Brush And Floss

This is the most well known method to keep your mouth clean. The reason is that it works. Brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep the bad breath away. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to kill the bad-odor causing bacteria.

If we know how, bad breath can be beaten in a number of ways and by employing these ways in combination. By using common sense, natural and scientific techniques bad odor can be banished forever. Use these tips to keep that nauseating breath away.