Sucking on a mint lozenge temporarily masks bad odors. But to display impeccably fresh breath in all circumstances, there are much more effective solutions. So follow the guide.
1. Brush your teeth after every meal
Poor dental hygiene promotes the proliferation of bacteria naturally present in the mouth.
These, by degrading proteins from food and saliva, release volatile, malodorous sulfur compounds. Hence the importance of brushing your teeth and if possible flossing after each food intake.
If that’s not enough, make an appointment with the dentist. Perhaps cavities, tartar or inflammation of the gums are the cause of the problem.
2. Don’t forget your tongue
Bad breath can also be explained by taste buds a little more elongated than normal, with dead cells not eliminated at their ends: bacteria accumulate there more easily and ferment. You should then get into the habit of brushing your tongue from back to front, with a tongue scraper. Above all, do not use your toothbrush at the risk of damaging your tongue.
3. Bite mint, parsley or a coffee bean at the end of the meal
But beware of sweet mint lozenges: they mask unpleasant odors but the sugar they contain very quickly transforms into a nutrient for bacteria and thus reinforces bad breath.
4. Chew sugarless gum to activate saliva production
The phenomena of dry mouth, common in smokers, stressed people, colds or the elderly, worsen bad breath because saliva no longer properly eliminates bacteria.
5. Drink a fresh breath herbal tea
Mix 20g of rosemary leaves, 20g of thyme leaves, 20g of mint leaves and 20g of dandelion leaves. Put 2 tablespoons of this mixture in a large cup of boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Filter.