Most of us have had a time when we’ve been stuck feeling as though our breath could clear a room with nothing on hand to freshen up. Skip the sugary mints! The sugar sits on your teeth and can actually worsen bad breath. Alas – help is on the way! Nothing can replace good hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing regularly to keep your breath fresh; however, there are certain foods that will reduce bacteria and plaque that can stick on your teeth and cause bad breath.
1. Eat your veggies…and apple slices too! Crunchy vegetables and fruits such as carrots, celery, and apple slices help to wash away bacteria from your teeth, tongue and gums that can result in bad breath. The high water content of these foods is instrumental for helping to keep your mouth well moistened which can result in less lingering bad-breath causing bacteria.
2. Drink More Water. Saliva has an antimicrobial effect. Staying well hydrated will increase saliva production and help to wash away food and bacteria. Add a slice of lemon. Citrus fruits help stimulate the salivary glands which is beneficial as it keeps moisture flowing.
3. Bring on the Chlorophyll containing foods. Think that parsley is on your plate just to look pretty? Parsley is a chlorophyll-rich food which acts as a natural breath deodorizer. Basil, mint and cilantro are also good choices. Chew them thoroughly for greater access to your entire mouth.
4. Probiotics. Foods that provide natural sources of probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi and kombucha tea can help improve one of the contributors to bad breath – poor digestion. The good bacteria found in probiotics helps prevent the accumulation of bad bacteria that can cause bad breath.
5. Cloves have natural antiseptic properties. For a homemade herbal tea add a few cloves, fresh herbs such as basil with a slice of fresh lemon to hot water. Let steep and enjoy!
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, see your dentist. If you have a poor diet and need to improve your intake of water – look at this as a good opportunity to make some changes. A poor diet can contribute to digestive issues such as constipation, acid reflux and ulcers that can cause chronic bad breath.
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