Ever wanted to have a hushed conversation with a friend and as soon as they lean in, they step back due to the unpleasant and smelly odour coming from your mouth. Perhaps you just had that grimy-teeth feeling that makes you feel you have the foul breath that goes along with it.
Whatever the signs are that you have noticed, you can control and correct the type of smelly odours that comes out of your mouth even when your toothbrush is not close by.
Carrying around a travel toothbrush and mini-toothpaste is always a good idea, but sometimes you may not be well prepared, be too much in a hurry or even have a sink to do it.
If you find yourself in a box where your toothbrush and other oral hygiene equipment ate unavailable, try these strategies to stop your mouth smelling and freshen your breath instead.
A lot of people don’t consider this when it comes to bad breath as they think water will simply spread the stink around. Oral bacteria is however anaerobic, meaning that they will thrive in the absence of oxygen and presence of dryness which is why your morning breath will smell particularly offensive if you wake up with a dry mouth.
Water does not only help to rebalance your oral environment, but it can also help you remove any food particles stuck between teeth.
Sugar-free Gum or Mints
Gum and mints have always been on standby from time immemorial as they provide a temporary solution. While they won’t destroy the bacteria that’s giving you the bad breath in the first place, but they’ll buy you time until you can get a toothbrush to do the work.
All you need to do is to ensure that they are sugar-free Because oral bacteria tend to feed on the sugars you eat, and then create acid as a byproduct. This eventually affects tooth enamel, but in the short term, it can give you bad breath.
While a lot of fruits have natural sugars, they can still inhibit the bacteria activity in your mouth. For instance, apples contain polyphenols, which can suppress bacteria and help eliminate sulphur compounds in the mouth.
Fruits high in vitamin C such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruits helps to create a beneficial, acidic environment that keeps bacteria from proliferating.
Scrape Your Tongue
Chances are if you don’t have a toothbrush, you won’t have a tongue scraper handy, either. You can however improvise with everyday tools, specifically, a spoon.
The point of scraping is to get bacteria off the tongue. While a scraping tool is ideal, a spoon will work almost as well. Just hold the spoon upside down, and run it lightly along your tongue. Make sure to rinse after each Scrape and bacteria-destroying swipe.
Yogurt contains active, probiotic cultures which can be very effective in freshening your breath in the absence of a toothbrush. It competes with the bacteria in your mouth and lower how much hydrogen sulphide that bacteria gives off.
Hydrogen sulfide is one of the components of halitosis or bad breath, along with methyl mercaptan. The combination of the two has been compared to a mixture of rotten eggs and fermented cabbage which is not exactly the kind of breath you want to be sporting when you want to have a face-to-face conversation or kiss that woman of your dreams.