If you think brushing your teeth with a special toothpaste is going to cure your foul breath, then you’ll need to rethink your strategy a little. While brushing your teeth is extremely important, it is not the key to having good breath, or even alleviating bad breath.
90% of all bad breath causes are from bacteria found on the tongue. No amount of toothpaste is going to get rid of the build up of gunk on your tongue, or the smell caused by the millions of bacteria and germs found in it. For this job, you’ll need a tongue brush, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
There are, however, several things you can do to improve the smell of your mouth by the kind of toothpaste you use. If you want to go out and buy an incredibly expensive, small tube of toothpaste, go ahead. But there are things you can do other than that.
Baking soda can be used as a replacement for toothpaste to get rid of a lot of the bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath. It’s not going to harm you, but like toothpaste, don’t swallow it. If you’re worried, use it a few times a week, alternating with toothpaste.
One of the best substitutes for toothpaste that is highly beneficial is tea tree oil. Just put one or two drops of it on your toothbrush and go at it. It is highly aromatic and has a very strong flavor, and it has properties that fight the bacteria that cause the gum disease gingivitis. It will leave your mouth refreshed and clean.
Now, onto the tongue brush. If you really do want fresh breath, you are going to want to clean your tongue. There is really nothing that can mask the smell of that film covering your tongue for very long. And when you clean it, you’ll want to clean it properly.
If you don’t believe that it stinks, take a spoon and stick the head at the back of your tongue. Pull forward, scraping the surface of your tongue. Let it dry for a minute, and then smell it. Yep, this is what other people smell when you are talking to them. Embarrassing?
Well, the treatment for this is a good, old tongue brush. It’s like a toothbrush for your tongue. Only, don’t use your toothbrush on your tongue, it won’t work.
There is still a lot of gunk on your tongue after you used the spoon. The best tongue brush for the job is called the Orabrush. It has nice, little, microfiber bristles that clean deep in the surfaces of your tongue and taste buds, and then the built in scraper finishes the job by pulling all the gunk off.
Once you’ve done all these things you’ll have crisp, fresh breath. We promise.