Stopping Bad Breath Before it Starts

by Wellness Editor – MH

No one likes to bring up the subject of bad breath, even if they catch a whiff of it from an acquaintance. If you find yourself unable to fully get rid of bad breath, here are some tips that could prevent awkward social moments in the future.

Chow Down on Clove, Cardamom and Fennel – These sweet smelling plants can wipe out the remnants of meals from your breath. Aromatic spices such clove, cardamom and fennel have been known to fight bad breath, and have been used to do so in South Asia and the Middle East for centuries.

Brush Your Tongue – While everyone has heard about the importance of keeping your teeth in good shape, many people overlook their tongues while brushing. Brushing your tongue can get rid of tiny bits of plague and food stuck to your tongues surface.

Cut Down on Certain Beverages – Coffee, beer, wine and whiskey are all popular drinks, but each leaves behind a residue that attaches to plague in your mouth, giving your breath an unpleasant smell.

Drink Tea – Unlike other drinks, tea actually makes your breath smell better, as it contains bacteria-killing compounds called Polyphenols. If you need a liquid pick-me-up, consider making the switch from coffee to tea.

Baking Soda – You probably have an ample supply of this remedy in your own kitchen. Simply dip your toothbrush into some baking soda and brush away your bad breath.

Eat Your Veggies – Yet another reason to get plenty of servings of vegetables – foods such as carrots and celery reduce the amount of plague in your mouth, giving your breath a better smell.

Make Apples a Part of Your Diet – Apples are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They also cleanse your mouth of bacteria, the main culprit behind bad breath.

Fill Up on H20 – Not only does water allow your body to function properly, but it can also remedy bad breath. If you have odor-causing food stuck in your teeth, swish around a cup of water in your mouth for a good 20 seconds and rinse.

Buy Some Parsley – Parsley is renowned for its bad breath-fighting qualities. It can be enjoyed in its herb form, or you can make a juice out of it with a juicer.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene – It can be a tough habit to start, but flossing every day cleans out lots of odorous bits of food from your mouth. It’s also a good idea to buy a new toothbrush every three months. If you have a gum disease, replace your toothbrush every 4-6 weeks. You can hold onto electric toothbrushes for about 6 months.

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