We all have that one 'Onion Head' within our social circles - the person who we dread having a conversation with, the person who can kill you with the sheer power of his/her bad breath! How many times have you checked your own breath in fear of becoming one yourself?
Reasons for a bad breath may vary from oral dehydration to underlying diseases or simply the kind of food one eats! While mouth odour might need medical attention, listed below are a few habit changes that can save you from bad breath in the first place and also from socially awkward moments - suggested by Ms. Chandrika Mahendra - Principal Scientist - R & D (Personal care).
The Spoon Test
A periodic breath-test is important to keep a check on not only bad breath but also other indicative health conditions. And, isn't it better to be proactive and avoid the embarrassment caused by someone subtly offering you a mint? Cupping your hands around the mouth and sniffing may not be the best way to check your breath. The easy and quick Spoon test does the job better. All you need to do is scrape the back of your tongue with the tip of a spoon, allow it to dry and smell-test it. Yes, it can sound gross but this test will surely save you from awkwardness that can be worse!
Drink & Drink!
We are talking about water, mind you! In most of the cases the root cause for bad breath is a dry and dehydrated mouth. In other cases you may blame the food that you relish. Ingredients like garlic and onion, coffee and alcohol can temporarily cause bad breath. Cigarette smoking is also responsible for dehydration of mouth leading to a bad mouth odour. One may fight this condition by drinking ample amount of water - it's as simple as that! Water not only keeps your mouth hydrated but also helps flush out all the bacteria and toxins that cause oral disorders and bad breath.
Keep it Raw
Raw and crunchy veggies can substitute your tooth brush. Well that's a slight exaggeration. On a serious note, crunchy fruits and vegetables help scrape out the built-up plaque in your teeth and gums that cause bad breath. Fruits like Apple, Pear, Watermelon and Vegetables like Carrot and Radish work well as natural breath fresheners in the long run.
Brushing after every meal may not be the most feasible way for you unless you find it more convenient to carry your complete dental kit around. Having a mouthwash handy always saves your life when you decide on a last minute date or even an official meeting. What needs to be kept in mind is that the mouthwash you use must be alcohol-free and preferably, herbal. Look out ingredients like Neem, Miswak, Fennel oil, Mint in your mouthwash. Alcohol containing mouthwashes may do more damage over a prolonged usage.
The Dentist Friend
While you are doing your best to avoid social embarrassments and fiascos caused by bad breath, an expert advice is always required and recommended. Make it a routine to visit your regular dentist at least once in three months. In case you fail the spoon test or if you notice any abnormalities in your oral health, do not delay meeting your Dentist friend.