No one likes to have bad breath. It makes social situations uncomfortable and lowers self esteem. Bad breath is especially a concern after eating certain foods. One of the worst foods for breath is fish. Fish, although delicious leaves behind a lingering fishy odor that is hard to mask let alone eliminate. To make things worse, the smell can linger even after brushing. Further steps have to be taken to remove or cover up fish breath. You just have to know what methods are effective at doing so.
If you need to freshen up quickly, there are many ways to cover up fish breath temporarily in order to reduce the odor.
After you eat fish, fish breath can be improved by sipping on green tea, eating an apple slice or taking a sip of vodka. Do not go overboard with the alcohol though because too much alcohol leads to bad breath. Plus you don’t want to worry with using a breathalyzer if you plan on driving.
Green tea helps to improve bad breath because it is rich in polyphenol, a powerful antioxidant that inhibits bacterial growth in the mouth. Plus tea tastes good too! Apples are are rich in fiber which helps combat fishy breath while vodka kills bacteria in the mouth and has no lingering aftertaste.
How to Cure Fish Odor Syndrome or Trimethylaminuria:
If your breath has a bad fish odor, and you have not eaten any seafood then you may have Fish Odor Syndrome. If you have Trimethylaminuria not only will your breath have a pungent fishy smell, but also your whole body.
In order to cure it, a doctor will usually prescribe some antibiotics on a low dosage in order to balance out the bacteria located in the stomach. Talk to your physician about all of your options.
How to Remove Bad Seafood Breath:
To remove fish breath you have to start with good oral hygiene. Many hear the phrase “good oral hygiene” and only think of brushing when in fact flossing, tongue cleaning and mouthwash are extremely important. Flossing removes trapped food particles from in between teeth that toothbrushes often miss. You won’t be able to see the trapped food and it will get left to aid in the decay of your teeth. Tongue cleaning gets rid of odor causing bacteria from the mouth and mouthwash adds some extra freshness. Another way to remove fish breath is by cleaning your mouth right after eating. A toothpaste or oral rinse with chlorine dioxide will also remove the fish smell from breath.
Overall, no one wants bad breath of any kind. Fortunately, there are ways to cover up this problem and remove it. Certain foods and beverages such as green tea and apples can improve the smell of breath. Cleaning your mouth right after eating and using a chlorine dioxide toothpaste or mouthwash can remove it. All in all, learning how to remove or cover up fishy smells on breath is easy once you learn what works for your particular body.