Let’s face it, bad breath is embarrassing. The good news is that for the most part, bad breath, also called halitosis, can be avoided. Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath and the bacteria that builds up on the back of your tongue or in between your teeth is usually the main culprit.
Here are 6 natural ways to avoid bad breath:
Spice it up
Some herbs and spices in your kitchen are actually natural breath enhancers. After meals, chew on cloves, fennel, or anise seeds to fight bad breath.
Brush your tongue
Your tongue is covered with little hair-like projections that harbor plaque and some of the things we eat that cause bad breath. While brushing, gently sweep the top of your tongue, too, so that you don’t leave food and bacteria behind to breed bad breath.
Avoid certain beverages
Coffee, beer, wine and whiskey are at the top of the list of liquid offenders. Each leaves a residue that can attach to the plaque in your mouth and infiltrate your digestive system. Each breath you take spews traces back into the air.
Carry a toothbrush
Some odors can be eliminated—permanently or temporarily—if you brush immediately after a meal. The main culprit in bad breath is a soft, sticky film plaque that clings to your teeth and gums, so brush away the plaque after each meal and you will get rid of some of the breath problem.
Create your own gargle
Mix extracts of sage, calendula, and myrrh gum (all available at health food stores) in equal proportions and gargle with the mixture four times a day. Keep the mouthwash in a tightly sealed jar at room temperature.
Eat your parsley
Parsley adds more than green to your lunch plate; it’s also a breath-saver, because it contains chlorophyll, a known breath deodorizer. So pick up that sprig garnishing your plate and chew it thoroughly. You can also put it through your juicer and take a few sips of it after meals.