How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Naturally

how to get rid of bad breath naturallyHaving bad breath, or halitosis, is definitely an embarrassing problem for anyone.

If you work with a lot of people, or even just hanging around with your friends, it is extremely horrifying to speak closely to them if you are suffering from bad breath.

There are different reasons why a person has halitosis (e.g. dry mouth, gum diseases, medication, smoking), but most of them are quick and easy to resolve.

The great thing is that there are certain foods which can help reduce or eliminate bad breath naturally. Knowing which kinds of food to eat or drink will help you fight it, without exerting a lot of effort.

Here’s a list of food or drink that can help get rid of bad breath the natural way.

  1. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – Fiber-rich fruits and veggies can help produce saliva that helps wash away any built plaques. Natural enzymes in fruits, like pineapples, berries, apples, and kiwis, helps fight bad breath since it breaks down sulfur compounds. Veggies that are rich in Vitamin C, like broccoli and red bell peppers, can help make an inhospitable environment for bacteria in the mouth.

  2. Green Tea – It’s known that green tea is very rich in the antioxidant polyphenol, which helps prevent plaque from clinging to your teeth.

  3. Milk – Drinking milk before or during meals can effectively reduce halitosis, since the fat milk neutralizes sulfur found in food. Milk can also be used as a mouth rinse.

  4. Vodka – Drinking alcohol can help eliminate bad breath because it kills mouth bacteria, and the best choice is vodka since it has no lingering aftertaste.

  5. Bread – Lack of carbohydrates in your diet can cause bad breath, and eating a slice of (low-carb) bread can help make your breath smell better.

  6. Apple Cider Vinegar – Gargling half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with one cup of water can help reduce or eliminate bad breath, and any aftertaste of smelly food.

  7. Baking Soda – Another mouthwash alternative, gargling water with baking soda is a proven natural way of fighting bad breath.

  8. Yogurt – Eating yogurt doesn’t automatically remove bad breath, but eating it regularly can help reduce bad breath. Yogurt can cut back the bacteria in your mouth since it helps reduce odor-causing hydrogen sulfide.

  9. Water – Drinking a lot of water regularly can keep your breath stay fresh. Water can help flush away pieces of food in your mouth that bacteria feed upon. It also promotes the production of saliva that serves as a cleansing agent in your mouth.

Of course, you have to clean your mouth regularly and thoroughly.  It is the simplest way to avoid getting bad breath since not only kills the bacteria that cause halitosis, but also great for your oral health.

Brushing is not enough as there are bits of food that can get stuck to the nooks and crannies of your mouth. You also have to floss and clean your tongue.

Here’s a great video showing you a few more tips to get rid of your bad breath:

However, if the bad odor from your mouth persists, it’s best to consult with your dentist for any underlying cause.

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