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Natural Remedies: Curing Bad Breath

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Handy tips for a fresher mouth!

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How to get rid of bad breath? See these tips and easy remedies to keep your breath smelling fresh.

If you are younger than middle-aged, your tongue could be causing the problem.

If you are middle-aged and older, your gums could be giving off the unruly scent.

If you have sinus problems you may be prone to having bad breath.

If you have diabetes, your breath might smell like acetone.

Preventing Bad Breath

Is your mouth rude? Here’s how to get fresh with it:

  • Brush your tongue. Your whole mouth needs complete brushing, not just your teeth. With your toothbrush, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth every day to get rid of plague buildup which allows bacteria to thrive.
  • Flossing. Daily flossing leaves your teeth and gums feeling fresh. When food particles are left in your mouth, they can rot and also collect bacteria. By cleaning your teeth and gums, your breath will be left smelling good.
  • Watch what you eat. Examine your diet. Eating carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal can cause bad breathe because carbohydrates digest quickly and proteins tend to digest slowly leaving a rotten smell. Foods and drinks such as garlic, onions, cheese, orange juice, and soda cause bad breath all on their own.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products, of course.

Some people believe, To get rid of garlic breath, chew on a coffee bean!

If you keep up with your flossing, brushing, and this advice, you should be odor-free. Add your own tips below!

Note: if you have bad breath all the time, despite all efforts, you should speak to a dentist to ensure there aren’t unusual other medical conditions.

  • Seeds freshen breath. Fennel, dill, and anise will help leave breath fresh. Peppermint leaves will always sweeten breath as well.
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