How's my breath?Do you find yourself cupping your hands over your mouth to do a breath check? Do you smell something bad after chewing on an ink pen?

It's a terrible feeling when you think you have bad breath. It can leave a lasting first impression (not a good one). It can also make people avoid you like the plaque. Bad breath can be caused by numerous things including your health, what you eat, medications or just bad oral hygiene. Anyone who experiences bad breath on a regular basis should seek medical attention to determine the source of the problem. There are several different ways to fight and prevent bad breath.

  • Avoid foods that cause bad breath. This includes things that have garlic, onions and hot peppers. Spicy meats like pepperoni and dairy products linger on and on. Strong fish should be avoided as well.
  • Avoid drinks that cause bad breath. Of course alcohol should be an obvious no, no, but coffee is a top contributor to bad breath. Anyone who suffers from bad breath should stick to drinking water. Don't let your mouth get dry, keep it moist and clean by drinking water.
  • Floss at least once a day. Food caught between the teeth can smell really rank. If you insist on using mouthwash use one that promotes saliva flow without alcohol. Mouth washes that make a mouth too clean can cause a breeding ground for new bacteria.
  • After flossing be sure to brush the teeth. You should brush after flossing, not before. Brush your teeth at least once a day, and after every meal if possible. Don't just briefly go over your teeth. Brush them properly for at least 2 minutes. Don't forget to brush the tongue and roof of the mouth too!
  • Chewing gum will increase the saliva flow and help fight bad breath. Chewing a sugarless gum after eating can clean the mouth as well. This comes in very handy when you simply can't brush.
  • Use herbs and spices to freshen up. Eat parsley, that green stuff on your plate isn't just a garnish. Chewing on that leafy green will aid in making the breath fresh. Chewing some cloves or anise seeds can help as well.
  • Staying healthy and eating right is essential in keeping a healthy and happy mouth, not to mention fresh smelling breath.


If you have chronic bad breath see a doctor immediately. This could indicate something more serious such as stomach problems or gum disease. Gum disease needs to be treated in the early stages to avoid tooth and bone loss.