1 Avoid pungent substances
Steer clear of strong-tasting food, drink, and alcohol. Coffee, onions, garlic, and spicy foods are the main food culprits — but you may discover others. If avoiding all of these doesn’t make any difference, reintroduce themone at a time.
2 Chew on some fresh parsley
In studies that did not focus on halitosis directly, parsley has been found to reduce the sulfur compounds that often cause bad breath. Fennel seeds,
which have healthy anti-bacterial qualities, helped increase saliva production.
3 Drink more water
Dehydration can cause a dry mouth, and the resulting lack of saliva may promote bad breath. Drinking water regularly during the day can help prevent this.
4 Finish your meal with yogurt
Probiotic-rich yogurts are high in lactobacilli bacteria, which reduce one of the bacteria that can cause the development of dental cavities and gingivitis. Both cavities and gingivitis cause halitosis, meaning that probiotic yogurts are an excellent preventative choice.
5 Eat high-fiber foods & chew well
Results from a study in Switzerland showed a high-fiber, intensively chewed meal reduced perceived breath odor for up to 2½ hours after a
meal, compared with a low-fiber, less intensively chewed meal. Fibrous food helped clean the tongue.
5 ways to freshen up
- Brush your teeth after every meal and floss daily. These very basic
steps to good oral health will really help.
- Aim to replace your toothbrush when the seasons change: 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December.
- Drink plenty of water, as it will help keep your mouth moist. A swish of cool water in the morning can help freshen that ‘morning breath’ feeling.
- Eat a varied diet with plenty of fiber, along with naturally occurring probiotics, such as yogurt.
- If you’re a mouth breather, experience regular sinus or throat infections or have a family history of diabetes, see your doctor or dentist for a checkup.
Non-diet breath strategies
»Visit your doctor There may be an underlying cause of bad breath, so it’s important to have your sinuses, tonsils, and throat checked out. You may need to screen for reflux, diabetes, and liver and kidney function.
»Try probiotics Certain types of bacteria have been found to produce an increase in sulfur compounds that cause bad odor. Other types of bacteria increase the risk of plaque and gingivitis, which may also cause bad breath. Check out the specific probiotic products available that help with oral health.
» Consider a mouthwash A few studies have looked at the use |of antimicrobial mouthwashes which contain chlorhexidine or triclosan to reduce bad breath. However, long-term use of some mouthwashes may have side e ects, such as staining teeth or creating allergic reactions. Talk to your dentist about whether a mouthwash might be the answer for you.
» Lift dental hygiene Make sure your mouth is in tip-top condition every day. Brush your teeth with the right toothbrush and toothpaste, and fl oss between your teeth. This will help you reduce the build-up of plaque and food particles that cause bad breath. Brushing your tongue may also help, but make sure that you use a baby toothbrush, not a tongue scraper or an adult toothbrush. Hard materials may end up damaging the cells on your tongue.