Taking care of our teeth is a key aspect for maintaining good health. Even the ancient Egyptians knew how important oral hygiene was. A toothbrush-like object has been found in tombs of the Pharaohs made from a branch, with one side covered in toothbrush bristles. In addition, they used a toothpaste made with beef, burned egg shell, pumice, salt, pepper, water and mint.

But the toothbrush as we know it was invented by the Chinese in the fifteenth century. It had a bone for a handle and the bristles were made from boar hair. Meanwhile, in the Middle Ages in Europe, brushes were not well-known. There was very little hygiene during this time. Magical tales of princesses crumble when you imagine the elegant ladies of the court having terrible breath.

What do you do if someone has bad breath? In some cases, this is due to digestive problems, gum problems and even improper brushing of the teeth. We tend to minimize the situation, but the truth is that sometimes bad breath causes couples to become distant, children suffer from lack of acceptance or grandchildren flee from the presence of grandparents. Halitosis affects family relationships. As for the person who has it, the fact is that bad breath always causes a certain degree of isolation from colleagues, friends and family.

Here are some tips for you to have fresh breath and healthy teeth:

1. Drink plenty of water

Dry mouth helps the bacteria remain in it. If you take a small bottle with you wherever you go, it will be easier to remember to drink it.

2. Learn to brush correctly

While brushing your teeth, pay special attention to the point where your gums attach to your teeth. At that point, tilt the brush at 45 degree angle so that the bristles can thoroughly clean the tooth. In addition, floss, swish mouthwash vigorously and brush your tongue. It is also important that you brush twice a day to avoid damaging your tooth enamel.

3. Brush on the go

Take a toothbrush with you to brush after each meal. Using gum or breath spray can be beneficial as well.

4. Eat breath-freshening food

Both mint and parsley are foods that contribute to have pleasant breath. Cinnamon and cloves are very helpful as well.

5. Don't go too long without eating

If you fast or don't eat for a long period of time, your mouth will be dry and you will be more likely to have bad breath.

6. Be careful with mouthwash

Contrary to popular belief, the use of mouthwashes is not advisable to avoid bad breath. Some experts believe that mouthwashes infused with a lot of alcohol dry salivary glands and contribute to halitosis.

If you have tried these tips and bad breath persists, its origin may not be in the mouth, but in the digestive tract or another medical condition. This is a sign that you should consult your trusted doctor.

This article has been adapted and translated from the original, "Ahórrate problemas y evita el mal aliento con estos seis consejos" which was published on Familias.com.

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