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While there may never be a cure to getting rid of bad breath, there are plenty of things you can do to minimize the negative effects.
- Flossing. Use regular floss or a floss pick infused with herbs/oils for an added effect. To take things to the next level, try a natural floss without the harmful chemicals. Most conventional floss contain the same chemicals as Teflon which is used in non-stick pans.
- Peppermint oil. Peppermint or spearmint oil is the universal “fresh-breath” fragrance. Mint also aids in digestion. Dilute one drop with water, or if you are feeling bold, apply one drop directly to your tongue.
- Fresh herbs.
- Mint leaves, whole cloves, cardamom seeds, fennel seeds (fennel helps resolve digestive problems while providing a fresh scent and acting as an antibacterial. Fennel dose: 1 1/2 teaspoons throughout the day) fennel link 1, fennel link 2
- Parsley, cilantro, rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, bean sprouts, coriander,
- Add cinnamon to meals.
- Drink herbal teas. Green tea, clove, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, peppermint, anise.
- Drink enough water. It is known that being dehydrated (dry mouth) contributes to bad breath.
Foods and Supplements that can help you have better breath
- Fruits/vegetables – contain enzymes that can kill bacteria/germs in the mouth (especially berries)
- Yogurt – has healthy bacteria for your gut
- Chlorophyl caps/tabs
- Vitamin c
Foods that are known to cause halitosis (bad breath)
- Other dairy products
How to maintain proper oral hygiene
- Brush carefully
- Add mint oil (optional)
- Add myrrh powder (optional)
- With a cup of ACV (apple cider vinegar) + teaspoon of cinnamon
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Salt water
- Tongue scraper