Do you want a piece of gum???

Think about this question next time it's asked.  Are they asking you to be nice, or are they secretly begging you to take the gum to cover up that breath?

We're here to help. Here are eight causes of and tips for bad breath.

1. Clean your tongue.

Your tongue collects all kinds of bacteria and food particles then traps them causing the oral odor. Try using a tongue scraper available at most drugstores.  Especially the back where the most bacteria hides out.

2. Keep your mouth moist

Drinking water washes away bad bacteria and keep your mouth fresher.  Tea also containa a plant chemical that curbs bacteria growth.

3. Chew sugarless gum

Chewing gum stimulates saliva and washes out bacteria.  Sugar is a buffet for bacteria and just thinking about bacteria feasting on my tongue isn't what i look forward to.

4. Choose the right mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwashes help fight oral infections.  Rinse your mouth after eating and drinking.  Even just rinsing with water will help balance your pH levels.

5. Watch your diet

Increasing carbs will help keep your breath unter control because low-carb diets cause “dragon breath” due to ketosis (the fat-burning state).  Watch the certain kinds of food that trigger bad breath like onions, garlic, strong cheeses and coffee. Alcohol can also trigger bad breath but don't worry once you have had enough all people will smell is the alcohol so your good.

6. Avoid tobacco use

Self explanatory-- (If you have ever smelt a smokers breath you know what we're talking about.)

7. Dental problems

Cavaties and gum disease can cause bad breath because of the bacteria that cause them in the first place. Yes you should visit your dentist more than once every 10 years!

8. BRUSH and FLOSS your teeth

Last and most importantly its as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day or after you eat.  We know its hard for some of you to grasp that concept but its the easiest way to keep your friends around.

We just helped you more than you know. You will now notice people staying around you and coming closer than ever!
Your welcome.


Contributed by Brittany Collins