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Two Tests To Check If You Have Bad Breath That Scares People Away (With Solutions)

Two Tests To Check If You Have Bad Breath That Scares People Away (With Solutions)

Has someone ever politely offered you a stick of mint gum from out of the blue, but you were not sure why? You accepted the offer, but in your mind you were silently wondering if you were offered the gum because you had bad breath.

Two Ways To Test For Bad Breath

These two bad breath tests are highly recommended by experts:

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1. Scrape the back of your tongue

This is easy to do and all you need is a spoon. Scrape the back of your tongue using the tip of the spoon, let it dry, and then smell it. If it smells foul, then you do have bad breath, and the possible cause for a foul smell from this spoon test is coming from your tongue.

2. Lick your hand

If you do not have a spoon handy and want to know as soon as possible if you have bad breath, all you have to do is lick the back of your hand, let it dry, and then smell it. If it smells bad, then yes, you do have bad breath.

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How To Fix Your Bad Breath Problem

These fixes are temporary since bad breath can be caused by different reasons. They also need to be done regularly to help eliminate bad breath, but the good thing is that they are quick fixes:

1. Drink water regularly

A dry mouth causes dead cells on the tongue and then when bacteria breaks it down, it causes bad breath. If the body is hydrated, the mouth will be able to regularly produce saliva, meaning there will be less bacteria build-up. Experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon per day.

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2. Rinse with mouthwash

Bacteria built up on the teeth can create a bad odor in your mouth. Rinsing or gargling with mouthwash washes away bacteria.

3. Clean the back of your tongue regularly

Use tongue scrapers to clean the back of your tongue regularly. Tongue scraping can reduce the concentration of volatile sulfur compounds and therefore, will reduce bad breath. It is most effective when done after every meal.

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4. Eat an apple

Apples can help prevent bad breath because they work as a natural toothbrush. They are effective in brushing away the bacteria on the teeth and also help in removing food particles and plaque. Apples also have a high water content so they aid in adding extra moisture and keeping our mouths hydrated. They are also rich in a soluble fiber called pectin, so it will aid in proper bowel movement.

Bad breath is almost always preventable. The only way for us to prevent it is to take proactive steps in preventing it.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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