Did you know? Americans spend over $10 billion each year on oral hygiene products (i.e. mints, gums, mouthwashes, etc.) to combat chronic bad breath.
But we don’t want you to just cover up the problem! Go directly to the source. Up to 90% of bad breath bacteria is on your tongue, and requires you to physically remove the bacteria in order to remove the smell aka VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
So what mechanical techniques can you employ to clean your mouth?
- Using a tongue cleaner twice a day is one of the most effective things you can do to safely remove oral bacteria without negatively impacting your oral micro-biome.
- In addition, don’t forget the importance of flossing and brushing — focus on anywhere that bacteria collects, especially the gum line.
- Don’t forget regular and thorough cleaning of braces, wires and dental appliances such as retainers, mouth guards, or dentures. Try soaking them for a few hours in retainer-cleaning solution, a water and food grade hydrogen peroxide mixture or even water and a few drops of a food supplement grade antibacterial essential oil such as lemon, orange or peppermint (we like Dr. Axe or Doterra).
These are our favorite strategies for keeping your mouth healthy - and not just covering up bad breath. Share yours with us below!