Today is fittingly Men’s Grooming Day. So, if you read the stuff about body odour you will have taken stock and decided to shower daily or even twice if you have been exercising. We literally are going back to basics. Don’t be offended if this isn’t relevant to you. And if it is (relevant, that is) – read on. So, you now have a good shower gel and shampoo for your hair type and a top notch deodorant and feel you have cracked the washing part, then you may have guessed that I am going to go on about your breath and mouth next.
Once you have dealt with odours of all kinds then you can move onto to more pressing matters like your health, hands and feet, face and neck and the minefield that is hair products.
Your mouth is beyond important. Keeping it sweet and healthy means you will be able to go on breathing, eating, drinking and living.
Bad breath is very off putting for everybody near the person that is sharing it. Things that could cause this situation are myriad. If you are suffering from chronic bad breath – and you will know if you are because people will have been backing away from you in horror – then you should head on down to the doctor immediately. Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath and it can occur if you are suffering from an internal illness. Not, just lack of proper brushing and mouthwash. It can be serious so if you are at all concerned get going.
The bottom line of bad breath is that bacteria build up on your teeth and in your mouth literally seconds after you stopped brushing and swooshing the mouthwash. This bacteria starts to smell awful if not removed.
Bacteria can lurk on your tongue especially towards the back of it. It builds up nicely in the gap between gum and tooth in little pockets or folds of skin. This is known as gum disease and can create a dreadful odour
Morning breath which is scourge of all new relationships happens because your mouth is dry and you have not created enough saliva to wash away the bacteria. So you can see it’s an ongoing situation that needs constant attention. I suggest keeping a glass of water next to the bed so you can sip from it during the night and take a few big swigs before your companion wakes up.
Malnutrition (I mean eating junk food and fat laden crap) and ironically, excess dieting, can be one cause. A sore throat, heartburn, ulcers, eating garlic or onions, lactose intolerance and poorly cared for teeth can be others. Guess what? Coffee, smoking and alcohol are no friends to sweet smelling baby breath. Go figure.
So how to head this one off at the pass. Well, Raw Hiders, it’s actually pretty simply and will not break the bank. Start by drinking more water and cut down on the caffeinated drinks that act as diuretics and suck water out of your body and into the loo!
Brush your teeth then follow with a thorough flossing then finish with mouthwash. 25 – 30% of the population suffer from cavities. It is not a shaming situation but do something about it. Hands up when was the last time you went to the dentist. It sucks being a grown up and having to organise this for yourself so just do it.
2 minutes of brushing is the industry standard but you can do more. However be careful not to brush too hard at the gum line as that can cause gums to recede. Your dentist can advise you on the type of brush to be using. Replace this every 2/3 months. In fact buy them in bulk so you can do this without waiting to remember to get another which can take weeks…
If you find your budget won’t stretch to mouthwash then buy some baking soda which is about 80p for a large tub. Stir 1 teaspoon into a glass of water and use this as your mouthwash. Really swoosh around to get to every crevice and fold.
Tongue scrapers are also fab but another thing to spend money on. If you are canny you can use a teaspoon to do the job. Use a fresh spoon each time.
Finally if you can take the taste then chew a clove or a few fennel seeds both of which have antiseptic qualities to fight the halitosis.
Note I have not mentioned teeth whitening – it’s coming!
I have just discovered the Humble Brush. This very chic and attractive brush is made from bamboo and has some very groovy coloured bristles. The really cool part is that they are part of the Humble Smile Foundation which receives the equivalent of a toothbrush for everyone sold. 2 Billion plastic toothbrushes end up in land fill sites with little hope of breaking down in our life time or the next one so the bamboo is wonderful natural material. The foundation is on a mission to eradicate oral disease all over the world but especially in countries where the children have little chance of owning a toothbrush or having clean water to use it in.
Go to their website to read the whole story and maybe even get involved. That should put a smile on your face.