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Some Solutions for Bad Breath

Watch Your Diet

Some foods such as garlic and onions are especially potent-smelling. Foods high in fat and those that are processed can also increase the stench of your breath.

A healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and proteins is most effective at minimizing bad breath.

Certain herbs, such as fennel, have been used in multiple cultures for centuries as a cure for bad breath. Chewing on herbs, nuts and seeds between large meals can lower the smell of your breath.

Drink Water

You’ve likely heard of the importance of staying adequately hydrated. Drinking plenty of water makes you feel better, think more clearly, help your body function properly and cleanse and detoxifies the body.

Drinking water also helps reduce bad breath.

Water doesn’t have the calories, caffeine and cavity-causing sugars other beverages have, so it is encouraged that you drink as much as possible.

A mouth that is dry will smell significantly worse than one that is moist. In fact, moisture is your mouth’s main plaque and cavity-fighting defense mechanism.

Drinking water adds to the moisture of your mouth, which helps your mouth clean itself of odor-causing plaque, bacteria and decaying food particles.

To limit the smell of your mouth, take a swig or two of water in between meals.

Clean Your Tongue

When one thinks of oral hygiene and cleanliness, the teeth and gums often come to mind. The cleaning of the tongue is often not stressed or practiced.

Surprisingly (or not) your tongue is covered with germs and decaying food particles. Your tongue is a part of the chewing process and is in constant contact with whatever enters the mouth.

It is shocking that many patients don’t clean their tongues like they do their teeth and gums. Your tongue has just as much gunk on it than the teeth have.

If you notice bad breath even after you brush, floss and use mouthwash, consider cleaning your tongue.

Chew Gum

Besides water, chewing sugar-free gum can help keep your mouth moist by jump-starting saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural mouth cleaner. It rinses gunk out from on your teeth.

The chewing motion needed for gum also breaks up food particles stuck between teeth and loosens plaque on the tooth’s surface.

Drink Tea

While tea has a negative stigma of staining teeth, it does wonder in freshening your breath. Green and black teas contain bacteria-fighting polyphenols.