Bad breath can ruin a date, distract a colleague, or put off a new acquaintance.
Yet for some people, bad breath is a constant fact of life, no matter how diligent
their dental hygiene. Bad bread, or halitosis, can be caused by many factors, including eating foods with strong odors, smoking, or bacterial growth between the teeth, around the gums, or on the tongue. Medical causes may include dry mouth, gum disease, yeast infections of the mouth, cavities, and more serious conditions. If you’ve brushed your teeth, only to discover later your breath is still not sparkling, try these simple solutions.
Parsley doesn’t just dress up your dinner. It also contains chlorophyll, which fights germs
and freshens the breath. Chew on some sprigs of parsley or run them through a juicer
whenever you want some odor-fighting power.
Rinsing with water can moisturize a dry mouth and dislodge bacteria-attracting food particles stuck between the teeth. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and swish water around your mouth whenever you’re experiencing bad breath.
Yogurt contains live bacteria, which may reduce odor-causing bacteria in the mouth, as
well as lower levels of hydrogen sulfide, plaque, and gingivitis—all causes of bad
breath. To tame bad breath, eat 6 ounces of yogurt a day, preferably plain yogurt without a lot of added sugar.
Cinnamon has antiseptic properties, and tastes great too! According to research,
an essential oil in this spice can kill bacteria in the mouth. Suck on a cinnamon
stick or add cinnamon to tea whenever you need to freshen your breath.
THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK
You may feel you can’t get through the day without your morning cup of coffee—but it may be ruining your breath. The caffeine in coffee can slow saliva production and dry out your mouth, allowing odor producing bacteria to flourish. Coffee also contains sulfur compounds, another culprit behind bad breath. The solution? Replace your morning cup of Joe with a brisk jog or a yogurt-based fruit smoothie to get yourself moving in the morning.