Everyone's had their moments of bad breath – but knowing that doesn't make dealing with it any easier. If you're looking for some tips on dealing with bad breath in the immediate present, short term, and long term, then here's what you need to know.
Right Here, Right Now
When you notice your breath is slightly off – whether it's due to the onions you had for lunch or the three cups of coffee you had this morning – and you want it better right now, your hopes are generally turned in 3 directions: mint gum, breath strips, and mints. Easy to carry and relatively innocuous to slip in your mouth, each one of these bad breath busters has a slightly different situational use value.
If you've got 5 seconds before the elevator opens and you have to meet your new boss, go for breath strips, which dissolve instantly and leave no trace.
If there are a couple minutes before a meeting, a mint is your best bet, as it powerfully freshens your breath and dissolves quickly.
Finally, if you're looking for enhanced breath after eating and you won't be in a highly professional setting, gum will both clean your breath and, depending on the brand, help to clean your teeth as well.
Sooner, Rather Than Later
For bad breath cures that are a little less immediate, but that last a little longer, you'll want to turn towards the natural options. Herbs like parsley, mint, and cilantro neutralize odors, while crunchy foods like apples, carrots, and celery can clean your teeth and freshen your breath if you eat them on a regular basis. Cloves and fennel seeds are another remedy to incorporate into your life; they help to fight the bacteria that cause bad breath. Including these foods and herbs into your diet will help you passively get rid of bad breath.
The Rest of Your Life
In order to banish bad breath for good, look at (and buff up) your oral habits.
Make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss every day (yes, every day), ensuring that you brush your tongue as well (and, if need be, invest in a toothbrush with a tongue scraper on the back to aid in cleaning your tongue). Your mouthwash should be non-alcoholic, as mouthwashes that contain alcohol just make your breath problem worse, due to alcohol drying out your mouth.
Finally, if all of this does nothing to help your breath, talk to a local dentist like Jeffrey S. Thaller DMD; your bad breath might be tied to another medical problem and can only be solved if that problem is managed as well.