Cure Bad Breath with 5 Simple Remedies from Your Kitchen

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Cure bad breath with simple tips
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Aside from keeping your regular dental visits, good oral hygiene and taking care of overall health and well-being, what else can you do to cure bad breath that seems to be persistent? Here are five at-home remedies from your kitchen that can help cure bad breath that is also known as halitosis

Drink green tea
Tea can destroy bacteria in the mouth that lead to bad breath. Researchers at Israel's Institute of Technology found polyphenols in green tea can reduce smelly compounds in the mouth that produce foul odors when they start to decay.

Drinking green tea has a variety of health benefits aside from curing bad breath, including protection against cavities and oral cancer. The beverage might also help offset the effect of tobacco that can contributes to teeth and gum problems including periodontal disease, according to the study.

If you don't savor the idea of drinking green tea, you can also make a mouth rinse that can help. Make sure your tea is sugarless.

Chew parsley
Parsley is a leafy herb that contains chlorophyll; responsible for its green color. Chlorophyll is also a natural antioxidant. Compounds in the herb can neutralize and temporarily cure bad breath and might be especially useful after eating foods like onions or garlic that produce sulfur containing compounds and mouth odor.

Another way to keep your mouth fresh is by juicing parsley and drinking it as a refreshing beverage, especially during the summer months. The herb is easy to grow in a sunny kitchen window so you'll always have a fresh supply on hand.

Drink plenty of water
Staying well hydrated is a top way to keep bad breath at bay. When our mouth is dry, food particles collect between the teeth more easily, turning into smelly little composts.

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Saliva is important for washing away mouth bacteria. If your mouth is persistently dry, see your doctor. Health conditions that cause dry mouth include diabetes, gum disease, aging, autoimmune diseases and tobacco use.

Chew on fresh vegetables
Eating apples, carrots or celery can keep your mouth fresh. One of the reasons crispy vegetables cure bad breath is because they promote saliva flow. The vegetables can also help keep hunger at bay between meals. When we fast or go for long periods without eating, stomach acids build up that cause breath odor.

Brush your tongue with a spoon
A tongue scraper is an inexpensive way to remove bacteria from the mouth that causes bad breath, even if you regularly brush your tongue. The ADA recommends gentle tongue brushing to removing halitosis causing bacteria. You can also use a spoon from your kitchen to brush your tongue.

Choose a small spoon, moisten it and use the back of the spoon. Apply gentle pressure as your scrape from the back to the front of your tongue. You'll notice a white film with each scraping. Make sure you don't use too much force; taking care not to cause injury.

It's important to understand underlying health conditions and dental disease can cause halitosis. Persistent bad breath can be temporarily remedied with at home remedies from the kitchen, but won't cure the underlying problem.

Resources:
Merck Manual
Halitosis

Mayo Clinic
Dry Mouth Causes

American Dental Association

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