"Your mouth smells like your intestines forgot which direction your ass is," is something I may have said to a boyfriend once.
We broke up.
I couldn't be gentle about the words coming out of my mouth, and he couldn't put a toothbrush in his. The breakup was the best for everyone involved. It's just like Cynthia Bailey and Kim Zolciak said in the Real Housewives of Atlanta: bad breath is a deal-breaker. That's paraphrasing, but they both totally agreed that nobody cares about your private plane if your breath game is sour. (I've never dated someone with a private plane. Please tell me all about it, if you have. I will live through you.)
Communication is important in establishing healthy relationships, so help your words along by keeping their delivery as fresh as possible. If your words are placed on cotton candy clouds traveling by minty breeze, maybe all communication would be pleasurable. Whispering sweet nothings really means nothing if your breath is sour.
So, here are four tips for keeping your breath fresh and your relationships fresher.
Brush 'Em, Brush 'Em, Brush 'Em — and Watch Your Tongue
Bad breath, also called halitosis, has a few different source causes, but one huge culprit is bacteria — like a bunch of it, that accumulates in your mouth. It's super-important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don't forget to brush or scrape your tongue.
I have used a Sonicare toothbrush for over two years now and it's ruined not-electric toothbrushes for me. Manuals — uhhh, nah thanks. Like, if I have high-speed internet, I'm not going back to dial-up. You can't help but notice how much cleaner and polished your teeth feel after a good electric sesh.
You Must Be Flossin'
My mom used to say, "You're either in or you're out, but make a decision and then shut the front door." Food particles can have a tendency to burrow in digestive purgatory, being neither outside of your body or really inside your body. But that piece of spinach that got cozy in between your back left molars can be a great foster home for more plaque and bacteria. And like negativity, bacteria just breeds more bacteria. So that spinach has got to make a decision.
This is where floss comes in handy.
Wash Your Mouth and Paste Your Teeth
Mouthwashes and toothpaste with antibacterial agents help get rid of plaque and inflammation of the gums, if the bad breath is being caused by plaque, then this will help. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis are caused by plaque buildup and lack of oral hygiene routine.
Don't Let Bad Breath Ruin Those Butterflies
Trust in your gut. To do that, you must treat it well. The gut has been deemed the second brain, and for good reason. Loaded with over 100 million neurons, that's more than your spinal cord, 95% of the body's serotonin, and trillions of little bacteria that inform your nervous system and immune system. Forget loving me for my brain, love me for my gut. (JK, love my brain, too, please.)
I take a Culturelle Probiotic every morning. The presence of the good, healthy bacteria in your gut has recently been studied and linked to halitosis treatment. The good bacteria end up residing in the places the bad bacteria in your mouth will try to habitat, essentially the good bacteria fills all the lunchroom seats and tell the bad bacteria, "You can't sit with us."
- Do you worry about bad breath?
- Would you date someone with bad breath?
- Do you ever breath into your hand and try and smell it?
- Raise your hand if you've been on a private plane.