Don’t Let Bad Breath Hurt Your Game

I’m about to give you the most important game tip of your life. Ready?

It doesn’t matter how good your actual game is, how much money you make, how great your style is, or how much status you have, but if your breath is so bad that the girl finds it difficult to talk to you, you’re not going to bang her. The only girls you’ll manage to get with will be hard of smelling.

I was out the other month when a friend said that my breath smelled.

“Impossible,” I said. I floss and rinse daily along with two or three brushings.

He insisted and passed me a piece of cinnamon gum. I became concerned.

Bad breath comes from two areas of your mouth: teeth and the back of the tongue. The first can easily be addressed with brushing and flossing, which catch bits of food that bacteria digest, producing the bad breath odor. For example, if you eat a steak dinner and not brush for a couple hours, your breath will have a musty smell as bacteria break down the cow protein left on your teeth.

A more common source of bad breath is your tongue, specifically the back where the tongue carpet starts to change from red to lighter colors. The front of your tongue is constantly rubbing against your hard palate and teeth, so it doesn’t contain much bacterial colonization, but the back doesn’t go through this natural cleaning process. It’s a perfect breeding ground for bacteria that produce odor. Since I always brush before I go out, I knew the smell was coming from my tongue.

Breath Test: Go grab a metal spoon. Flip it over, open your mouth, and scrape the back of your tongue several times. You should be going far enough to trigger your gag reflex. Pull out the spoon. If you did it right you should see a cloudy liquid. Now smell it. That’s how your breath smells. If it’s offensive in any way, your breath is not fresh. If you can put your nose to it and not be perturbed by the odor, you’re fine. I did this test definitely picked out a sharp, tart-like scent.

The solution is easy and costs less than ten dollars. You need mouthwash with alcohol and a tongue scraper which can you buy at the pharmacy (or you can use the spoon). After brushing, scrape the back of your tongue to disturb the stinky bacteria colonies, going as far back as you can. Then gargle with mouthwash, which is the best way for the liquid to access the back of your tongue. You should be making the “Ahhhh” sound as you’re doing it. Within a week your breath should be fine (test yourself again by smelling the scraper), but you’ll more likely notice a difference in only two or three days. Here’s a decent resource if you want more details.

I know how my breath got stinky. First, I switched to a fluoride mouthwash that didn’t have alcohol. Second, I had a couple bad colds with heavy post-nasal drip action (mucus contains bacteria). I had another cold here in Iceland which produced an uptick in odor from the breath test, confirming that I have to be extra diligent with mouth hygiene after recovering from a cold.

I know how important having good breath is to game, especially at night when you’re talking close, so I had to drop everything to address this issue after my friend made the comment. I asked him how long my breath had been stinky.

“For a while.”

“What didn’t you say anything?!”

“Because you were doing well I thought it didn’t matter!”

It does matter, especially to girls who are on the fence. If they are sort of interested in you, yet your breath smells, then it’ll definitely be a deal killer. Even good friends are reluctant to mention bad breath, so don’t accept a random girl to do that job. Only girls who are crazy about you are willing to pretend it’s a temporary problem that may correct itself, but that’s not something we should count on.

After this latest episode I’ve become neurotic about my breath, bordering on obsessive-compulsiveness. The irony is that about one out of every six girls I talk to have slightly tarty breath themselves that I know from personal experience is coming from their tongue. If it’s not too bad I’ll endure it to get laid, but if I want to see her again I’ll lay out my mouth hygiene strategy for her. After today I can just show her this post.

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Don’t forget about tonsiliths or tonsil stones. Those hard yellow things that can form in your tonsil holes or “crypts”. Those things are foul and short of removing them with youre finger or a water pick they are hard to get rid of. Google it.

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good looking out, roosh!

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Another gem. There is NOTHING that is more nasty than some dude or chick breathing on you with nasty ass breath. I don’t know why it just hurts, but it does. It literally hurts. It’s mostly genetic though.

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Bad breath can also come out of your chest. When you have bronchitis, the sputum in your chest has a distinct smell. Depending on what you eat, post-meal digestion can also produce a bad smell.

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Don’t keep your toothbrush near the toilet. Try to keep it at least two metres away. Ever wondered what’s colonising your moist toothbrush (pun intended)?

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Fluoride is actually a toxic substance that has no place in dental products and tap water. There are toothpastes and mouthwash without fluoride that do the job just as fine while not harming your health over time.

Most european countries don’t add fluoride to their tap water, for a good reason.

A girl I was once hitting on gave me a hint by pulling her shirt over her nose… yes, bad breath is a surefire deal breaker. Good advice, Roosh. A clean tongue is the key. Just brushing your teeth won’t cut it.

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I’ve heard eating natural yogurt can help with bad breath, same with drinking lots of water.

Thanks for the protip

John
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Drinking enough water and avoiding a dry mouth also helps.

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You know that really bad generic halitosis? That can also be cased by decaying teeth so make sure your mouth is up to date with the dentist. Also as you mentioned some people have a constant sinus drip not caused by colds.

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next up: how to wipe your ass and get ALL the dingleberries!

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This applies to women too. I remember back in college there was this super hot chick with a great body that would flirt and make advances on my friends and I. We all turned her down for one simple reason and to this day her nickname remains as “Shit Breath.” Her breath really was soo awful that it’d kill any boner within a twenty-foot radius… damn shame too.

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I started using a tongue scrapper 2 years ago, it made a LOT of difference.

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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile. What drinks would cause your breath to sour less? I imagine beer to be the worst, with something like gin and tonics the best in terms of keeping your breath inoffensive.

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Actually, one of the most common reasons is gingivitis. That makes people’s breath really smell like a$$.

Easily treated with regular flossing (at least once daily) and using Listerine, which will kill a lot of the bacteria that produce the gum inflammation.

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Two capfuls of hydrogen peroxide and a handful of water. Gargle daily. Problem solved.

I’ll send you the bill.

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and don’t forget to check for nose hairs and boogers also

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I remember posting about this on the forum awhile back when the topic came up. Your teeth don’t contribute much to bad breath, it’s 95% the tongue. I don’t use a tongue scrapper though I might look into it. I just put toothpaste on my brush and scrub my tongue hard as far back as I can before gagging. I rinse with water, and repeat 2 more times. Also don’t forget the roof of your mouth since your smelly tongue touches there. You’re not done until your tongue is a bright pink. If it looks white and coated that’s just food particles and bacteria growing on in a perfect warm, dark, moist culture. I’m obsessive compulsive about fresh breath too.

Oh and if your breath is already borderline, drinking alcohol, esp wine will push you over the edge. Wine mixed with bad breath is just putrid. A surprising number of girls don’t have good mouth hygiene.

@16 Giovanny, yes that one is important too. Every dude should own a nose hair trimmer!

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OK Roosh this is a good post and informative too. 2 Questions here:

1. I was told that the mouth has good bacteria that it needs and gets killed all with mouthwash with alcohol; so the good bacteria dies along with the bad one. Is this true?

2. How many scrapes with a tongue scraper do you need to do? 5? 30? 300?

Thanks in advance.

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Is it true that you have bad breath due to HIV infection?

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What if my upper lip smells like ass? Then what!??!?

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lol this nigga roosh…classic

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Be careful with Alcohol mouth washes, they kill all the bacteria in the mouth, the good and the bad, not good long term.
A friend of mine is an oral hygienist, I had to enjure a long lecture on the dangers of mouth wash from her.

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Don’t let Icelandic volcanoes hurt your game!

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I’ve read and heard many times that alcohol mouthwashes can be harmful. So you guys might want to research more on that before using it.

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My mouth is too alpha for mouthwash

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25 Anonymous
3 hours, 23 minutes ago
My mouth is too alpha for mouthwash

– That’s what SHE said.

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First– as a former biochemist I’m surprised you do not distinguish between viruses and bacteria.

When you start eating a healthy diet there will be a transition period where your breath reeks, particularly if you go into ketosis. Once that transition period is complete you will for the most part have banished flatulence and bad breath.

In fact, living mostly in ketosis my fiancee has commented on how my urine smells sweet and underarm odor smells like fennel.

Using mouthwashes and other forms of chemical warfare on your mouth are less than ideal solutions. I have found that eating less refined sugars and grains can almost completely get rid of all bad breath problems (you still need to floss as you are not a komodo dragon, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon#Description)

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Nullpointer,

I’m afraid to ask but why does your fiancee smell your urine?

Does anybody have any good advice on smegma management?

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“stick a toothbrush as far back as you can before gagging”
So if you are a girl who can deep-throat, how far would that be?

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Halitosis is also connected to digestion. Ever notice how your poop and your breath sometimes smell the same?

Eat right and you will smell right.

Gs@aol.com
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Also do a candida cleanse, this is a huge source of bad breath. Best is McCombs plan it takes tine but it will be defibateky worth it

And invest in a tongue scraper and gargle

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Swishing baking soda tastes awful, but absolutely destroys bad breath

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How the hell did people get by 200 years ago before all this shit was invented?

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My ex smelled and tasted filthy when I kissed her or got near her. Part of the reason she remained an ex