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Could A Novel Toothbrush Topper Knock Out Bad Breath? - Articles Surfing
You're so used to that minty, fresh taste of toothpaste kick-starting you awake every morning that you just can't dream of doing away with it. Well, you don't have to' just make sure you brush with something else added to your toothbrush, and you might find you've kissed bad breath goodbye!
Please Pass the Salt
And how does this unlikely pair prevent bad breath? Pepper is a strong anti-bacterial agent. Salt too, for that matter. In addition, salt helps tighten the gums around the base of the teeth, which discourages gum disease, a problem that typically starts when food particles get trapped in these crevices and start putrefying. Put salt and pepper together and you have a winning combo for your teeth! So shake them on and brush away bad breath.
The director of the Environmental Dental Association has an even better solution ' equal measures of salt and baking soda. Wash out your toothbrush with a 1:1 solution of peroxide and water, dip it into the powder and brush away. You might grimace at the taste, but you'll smile when you smell your breath.
Tend to That Tongue
When using one, be sure to clean from the inside out, from the throat area toward the lips. Bring it down firmly without pressing the flesh too hard (a good tongue cleaner will help prevent the gag effect). What your cleaner or scraper should do is remove the gooey stuff accumulated on the tongue without irritation or harm.
For many people, a copper tongue cleaner works best. It's firm and doesn't rust. And it soon gets rid of days of bad eating and drinking and the resulting deposits on your tongue. Who would have ever thought a clean tongue would be so important? Well, try it and see. Pay attention to the part at the very back, where the greatest number of odor-causing bacteria is found. If your bad breath stems from all that stuff on your tongue, it's very possible to get rid of it!
Wash Out Your Mouth (But Not with Soap)
You could make an herbal, all-natural mouthwash at home with a cup of water and a drop of peppermint oil. Or, try water in which mint leaves have been steeped for 10 minutes. Or use a light infusion of green tea, which has been shown to have a potent effect on bad breath.
Keep it Simple
Too simple? But who says bad breath is always complicated? Granted, sometimes the causes run much deeper. But for many people, all it takes are a few extra nods toward hygiene, and you're all set to smell like a rose every time you open your mouth!
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