I remember one time I and a girl went on a first date and as a sharp guy I went for a kiss, after the first kiss I excused myself, found a bottle of Fanta (to gargle and wash away the bad breath) and ran away and I never called the girl back. She would assume I was a player or a Yoruba Demon but unknown to her, her breath stunk worse than the corpse. The normal thing to do was to tell her about her breath but no ones wants to be the carrier of bad news. She probably had no idea her breath had the smell of someone who just farted and you probably don’t know if your breath stinks and nobody is ready to tell you.
Here are a few things that you might not know that is causing your bad breath and making people run away from you after a kiss
No one should ever stop taking medication simply because of bad breath – always talk to your doctor before making these decisions! If you aren’t happy about this particular side effect from your meds, chewing Xylitol gum and drinking lots of water will help you. Buy yourself a nice, sturdy water bottle and make sure you always have it with you. Try to drink at least 2 or 3 of these throughout the day and you will be healthier along with helping to eradicate your bad breath.
2. BREATHING THROUGH YOUR MOUTH
Some people breathe through their mouths only when they are too stuffed up to breathe through their noses. Others, however, have fallen into the habit of breathing through their mouths all the time. When you have bad breath to begin with, mouth breathing does not help your case! Those who didn’t start out with bad breath will soon find that by breathing through their mouths, they have given themselves bad breath. When your mouth is open for long periods of time, it dries out and a dry mouth is one of the causes of bad breath.
3. TOO MUCH PROTEIN
Protein has become the number one food to eat while on a diet because it keeps you full for a long time, and companies are adding protein to foods that don’t naturally have it to make more money. Protein is necessary for your body and very good for you, but like anything else, too much of a good thing is not good. If you are limiting your carbohydrates and filling up on protein, it will have an effect on your breath. This type of diet can actually make your breath smell very foul! If you are trying to lose weight but are not enjoying the bad breath, try a more balanced diet instead and add in some exercise.
Coffee lovers aren’t likely to give up their morning jolt over minor tooth stains or bad breath, but they can help the bad breath problem by drinking less coffee. This beverage will dry your mouth out, and the more you drink, the worse the problem will get. Try cutting back to one or two cups per day and drink a glass or two of water after each cup to keep your mouth from becoming too dry.
5. LACK OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLE
Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables, and she was right! If you don’t eat enough fresh fruits and veggies, it can cause bad breath. Fresh produce is the best choice because your mouth will have to increase saliva production to chew and digest the fruits and vegetables, and the extra saliva will clean odor causing bacteria out of your mouth.
6. AFTER WORK ALCOHOL
There’s nothing like a relaxing drink after a stressful day at work, but if your one drink usually turns into 3 or 4, you might have a problem with bad breath that isn’t going away. Alcohol has a negative affect on saliva glands and will cause a dry mouth. In smaller quantities, it doesn’t cause a problem but if you have too much, you will have bad breath. As mentioned earlier, everything in moderation!
7. NOT FLOSSING
You can brush your teeth often, gargle with mouthwash and stay away from coffee, but if you continually forget to floss, those food particles between your teeth will still create bad breath. Put a note on the bathroom mirror so you won’t forget to floss. It only takes 21 days to build a habit, so if you can remember for 21 days, you should be set for life.
8. SKIPPING BREAKFAST
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now we can add a fresh breath to the list of reasons why. When you skip breakfast, your saliva glands aren’t as active in the morning and this can dry out your mouth, causing bad breath. Even if you brush and gargle before leaving the house, your breath will not be as fresh as it would be if you had eaten breakfast.