how to kill bad breath quickly

How to Kill Bad Breath Quickly

We’ve all been there and done that when we’ve realised that our breath may not smell that great at all. (It’s dreadfully embarrassing:( ) The truth is, some of us are more prone to smelly breath and there’s not much we can do to change that. It’s the makeup of our body and our DNA that determines it! However, with these simple tips on how to kill bad breath, you can easily control it and make sure you’re never in a sticky situ like that again.

Give Yourself Enough Time In The Morning To Brush Your Teeth

This is a tough one for me because I am TERRIBLE at getting up in the morning. Forget snoozing once, I could go on and on if it wouldn’t be for my kids eventually dragging me out of bed. What that usually means is that I have to cut corners somewhere. An easy way to achieve that is by brushing my teeth for a little shorter than I should because the big deal as if that half a minute matters. At least that’s what I used to tell myself. However, that is wrong, wrong, wrong. The reason its recommended to brush your teeth for 2 mins is that your teeth and gums actually need it. And the longer you keep to it, the sooner you’ll get rid of any lingering bad breath! For all you non-morning people out there, I empathise with you because oh yes, the morning struggle is real!

Get Rid Of The Source Of The Problem

tongue scrapper

Bad breath is usually caused by lingering bacteria. If you want to know how to kill bad breath then you have to find the source of the problem. In many cases, this is the tongue. Most people don’t realise that they have to brush their tongues too. A lot of toothbrushes come with a rugged back specially designed for brushing your tongue, or you can buy a tongue scraper. Most pharmacies sell them. The way to see if your tongue is dirty is when you use it, see if there is any yellow tinge on the back of the brush. Ideally, you should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.

Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly

A frayed toothbrush isn’t going to clean your teeth very well and nor is an old one. It is recommended that you change you toothbrush every 3-4 months. However, I recommend changing it more often if the bristles are frayed or you have been ill. A toothbrush that doesn’t work properly will not clean your teeth well, which will not help with bad breath so make sure you change it regularly! I always buy toothbrushes in bulk, that way when I need a new one I always have a spare in the cupboard!

Avoid Smoking

avoid smoking

Smoking or any other tobacco is one of the biggest contributors to bad breath. I’ve never been tempted to smoke, however, I can imagine this is easier said than done. However, it is worth keeping in mind apart from the other numerous problems that smoking causes, it is also going to give you bad breath.

Use a Mouthwash

Brushing your teeth and following these steps is great. However, brushing alone does not remove all the bacteria that’s in your mouth. Using a good mouthwash like Listerine removes an additional 97% of germs that lingers in your mouth after brushing your teeth. And this affects your breath too, it keeps your mouth fresh for longer which keeps your breath fresh for longer!

With these quick tips, anyone can learn how to kill bad breath. The trick is to practise what you read because that is where the trouble is! We all know lots of things but actually carrying them out can sometimes be a challenge. At least for me, it is! Let me know how you get on in your fight against bad breath, or if you have any good tips that I have missed make sure to leave a comment below:) Looking forward to hearing from ya’l…

Hollie xx


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  1. A great concern for us all.

    No one wants to give someone a full dose of some bad breath. We all done it and it makes you feel terrible unless you are pranking someone.

    Just like you offered brushing my tongue has always worked for me so thanks for the reminder.

    Thank goodness I don’t smoke so that is not a problem. What makes me feel comfortable regarding breath is coconut oil pulling. Have you tried that?

    Your suggestions are right on the money and was glad this showed up. You never know.

    Love the rest of the site as well. Beautiful.

    1. Hi Robert, 

      Thank for stopping by, I have never tried coconut oil pulling but I will definitely give it a shot. Thanks for the recommendation:)

      Have a good day:)

  2. No one wants to have bad breath, especially at an inopportune time, so it’s always good to have some ideas handy when in need.

    I think keeping the tongue clean is a great idea. We all brush our teeth, but how many of us actually clean our tongue?

    Things like smoking, like you say, and also certain foods and drinks don’t help with our breath. I always carry around a breath spray, which helps, but it only masks the problem rather than eradicating it.

    1. Carrying around a breath spray is a good idea for when you’re out and about. I often carry around a strong chewing gum which also helps short-term.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

  3. Very helpful and interesting topic Hollie! I must say that although I brush my teeth regularly sometimes it happens that I have a bad breath. I think that food that we consume also have an great impact on our breath. I will start using mouthwash, I did not pay much attention on that.

    1. It happens to the best of us! 

  4. sheilandc says:

    I love this Hollie as I know at least two people who needs to read this article. But wait hmmm, I have to think about a way to do it so it doesn’t come across offensive:) . I do love having good smelling breath, maybe I’m obsessed by it lol. I got to have a really good quality floss that works with my teeth and loves my gums:)

    1. Good luck in finding a way that’s not offensive:)) It will be a tricky one!

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