The one thing you’re NOT doing that’s giving you bad breath.

1. Clean your tongue.

“Cleaning your tongue is the most important thing you can do as well as brushing your teeth,” says Dr Manouchehri. 

“The bacteria that causes bad breath sits on our tongue and if you look at your tongue right now it’s probably coated in some white stuff if you haven’t been brushing it.” But, she adds, “If you use a normal toothbrush to do this, it’s not good enough. You need to be using a metal horse-shoe tongue scraper.

“You use it twice a day, every single day, morning and nighttime to get rid of all the bacteria and gunk.”

Consider us both grossed out and educated.

2. Stay hydrated.

“If you are dehydrated, sulfur compounds are created in the mouth and they smell really bad,” says the dentist. 

“So if you’re not drinking enough water or you’re having too many things that are making you dehydrated, like tea, coffee or smoking, things like that, then you need to be drinking a lot more water.”

3. Floss.

“You’re probably not going to like me for saying this, but the last thing you can do is floss,” says Dr Manouchehri. 

Oh, you floss already? Great to hear. But buddy — how many times a day are you flossing? Because once might not be enough to save you from stank breath…

“If you’re brushing without flossing you can actually be pushing food between the contacts of the teeth, which means they’re going to smell even more. So, I need you to floss at least once a day, preferably twice a day.”

Sure, it may add a couple of minutes to our morning and evening routines, but for the sake of flowers not wilting when we open our mouths? We say, worth it.