Written by FHM India
So, how can you tell your breath smells like the back door of a cat? Well, you could breathe on a mate and see if he does a sick in his mouth. Or try our simple three-step test instead.
Step 1 Lick the inside of your wrist.
Step 2 Sniff it.
Step 3 Does it smell like crap?
If the answer to step three is yes, continue to section two.
WARNING: long-term bad breath can be caused by gum disease or more serious medical conditions. A warning sign of this is a persistently smelly gob or bad taste in the mouth. If this is the case then visit Mr Dentist or the doctor.
In the majority of cases the problem comes from poor dental hygiene. Particles of food get caught between the teeth and the tongue and rot. The bacteria coating your teeth, tongue and gums mixes with the saliva that’s the breaking down food particles and releases smelly gases.
Short term bad breath can be causes by cigs, booze, coffee and foods like onions and garlic.
Low-Carb diets can affect the breath, the cause the body to break down the fats, that produce chemicals that can honk.
Morning breath – overnight the mouth dries, slowing the production of saliva that washes away food. Eating re-stimulates spit to clean out the crud.
Fresh breath is proper simple
Step 1: Brush your teeth twice
Use a fluoride toothpaste (to prevent tooth decay and gum disease) and a toothbrush with mixed-height bristles. Brush for two minutes.
Step 2: Brush or scrape your tongue
Loads of bacteria exist on your tongue so make sure you use a brush or a scraper to remove the little blighters.
Step 3: Floss
Brushing only cleans around 60% of the surface of your teeth, so use floss to get to the hard to reach areas. This should help remove trapped food debris.
Step 4: Gargle with mouthwash
Anti-bacterial mouthwash used before you go to bed is the best
for killing stinky bacteria.
Step 5: Keep your mouth fresh with sugar-free gum
Chewing stops your mouth drying out which can lead to bad breath. Make sure it’s sugar free, though, or you’ll have no teeth left.
WARNING:long-term bad breath can be caused by gum disease or more serious medical conditions. A warning sign of this is a persistently smelly gob or bad taste in the mouth. If this is the case then visit Mr Dentist or the doctor.