Here’s my breath advice:
1. Start out by brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Most people (me!) don’t brush long enough – yes, that’s two minutes! – so I highly recommend you get a Sonicare Electric Toothbrush to make you! It’s timed into 4 cycles of 30 seconds each. I tried the Oral B brand but didn’t like it half as much as the Sonicare – my teeth just didn’t feel as clean with the Oral B. You can get a great deal on either brand at Costco or any other warehouse store. They come in a two pack there – which is really handy when you don’t live alone. I wrapped a piece of orange electrical tape around mine so we don’t get them mixed up. If you’re too bored to make it the full 2 minutes, sit in front of the TV until the toothbrush turns off – but you will have to move it around! Don’t forget to aim for the area behind your back molars. Most people don’t brush that area and it will cause you a lot of expensive and painful dental issues later. AFTER you brush – you need to floss at least once a day. Yes, after you’ve brushed. If you floss with crud in your teeth you’re likely to imbed any debris you have in your mouth and you’re looking for an infection if you do that. I use “Glide” or any comparable brand because I have tight “contacts” between my teeth. If you can drive a truck though the spaces between your teeth – you might as well use yarn. (That’s a joke!) Use floss. After brushing and flossing – I rinse with mouthwash. I like the green Listerene – but this may be getting a little excessive. Not sure if you have to rinse with mouthwash after all of that – but I want to disinfect my gums if I’ve caused any abrasions from the flossing. You should get your teeth cleaned every six months too. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are going to have oral sex with someone and you’re not 100% sure that they don’t have an STD – don’t brush or floss before you “do the deed”. Just rinse with mouthwash or use breath spray. You don’t want your mouth to have ANY cuts or abrasions as that creates a portal for HIV and other bugs to get into.
“If you are true to your teeth – they will never be false to you.” (Corny but true.)
2. Peppermint Oil: I use Peppermint Oil as a mouth cleanser / breath freshener. Peppermint oil is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial that will shock the hell out of you the first couple of times you use it. DON’T use a lot. I mean it! A drop (or maybe two if you’re really tough) will do ya. You can get it in the small bottle at Whole Foods or any Health Food Store. I personally like to spray it into my mouth (and my friend’s mouths) rather than have the bottle touch my tongue (or their tongues!) each time. I bought a “natural” breath spray at a health food store that came in a glass bottle – then re-used the bottle for my peppermint oil. If the oil happens to leak out of the bottle while in your pocket – it will give your leg quite a burning sensation. To remedy that – after I fill it, I but a Band-Aid around the cap and bottle to keep the cap in place. Viola! Perfect (but ugly!). NOTE: Not all of my friends can take it – they gag and whine and complain – wimps. Most people do like it though – once they’re over the shock. When you drop or spray the peppermint into your mouth – DO NOT breathe in through your mouth!! Use your nose to breathe until it subsides. It is an instant “pick me up” and your mouth will feel great.
—I used to swear by Binaca….and only Binaca – until I started using peppermint oil. If you can’t tolerate the peppermint oil – I highly recommend Binaca. You can get it at Walgreens or buy it in 12 packs online. It works great – but it has artificial sweeteners and a bunch of other stuff in it that I’d rather not put into my body. Your choice.
3. NOW – Everyone should have some sort of “breath remedy” with them – at all times! In your pocket, purse, car and next to your bed. – you NEED your breath spray – and so does everyone else. You never know when you are going to be in close-quarters with someone or who you might need to kiss during the day.
AND…if anyone EVER offers you a squirt of it breath spray, a piece of gum or a mint – TAKE IT!!! That’s the law!