Bad breath is just an all-around unfortunate thing. It can make social situations uncomfortable, and it’s not pleasant to experience even if you’re all alone. There are quite a few quick-fixes out there and if you already religiously floss and brush, it can be quite frustrating trying to deal with it.
1. Killer C Water
The water will keep your mouth moist, but most importantly, this drink will help kill the bacteria causing bad breath because oranges, strawberries, and kiwis are incredibly high in vitamin C, and vitamin C will create an acidic environment hard for bacteria to thrive in. Vitamin C is water-soluble, so you can indeed get its goodness by infusing the water with the fruit.
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2. Make Lemon Juice “Candies”
Our salivary glands produce 3 pints of saliva every day. Far from just “spit” our saliva is really an amazing liquid that contains calcium and phosphorus for our teeth to absorb, fights off bacteria to prevent cavities (and bacteria that causes bad breath) and helps the flow of food and water pass through our mouth and throat. Because of the whole bacteria bit, dry mouth usually equals bad breath. If you find yourself in this situation, try doing a little more than just swigging water, and make ice cubes with lemon juice and- if you are ok with the taste-cinnamon. The water as it melts will obviously moisten your mouth, while the sourness of the lemon juice and the sucking action with start the saliva flow. Adding a dash of ground cinnamon is optional, but it has been found to be quite good at killing bacteria due to a component called cinnamic aldehyde.
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3. Utilize Natures Toothbrushes
Whenever you need a quick “brush up” but don’t have the chance to go grab your toothbrush, try snacking on any of the following foods. They not only kill bacteria, but are naturally fibrous enough to -“scrub” your teeth.
Apples: The high fiber content plus the encouraging of saliva production makes apples one of the top natural toothbrushes out there.
Celery and raw carrots: Firm and crisp these veggies “brush” your teeth and also have a high moisture content to help keep your whistle wet.
Cinnamon sticks: Just like ground cinnamon, chewing on a cinnamon stick will release essential oils that kill bacteria, and it has a good smell to boot. You can also make our homemade cinnamon mouthwash to get rid of bad breath.
Berries: Berries are high in antioxidants, which can help stave off the nasties that cause your mouth to have a bad odor.
Note: Be wary of mint
Mint does not kill bacteria, nor does it encourage salivation. It is the quickest of fixes, so be aware that if you pop one in before a date, it won’t be long until it wears off.
If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is brush and floss regularly. If you don’t have an underlying illness (such as tonsillitis) and brushing and flossing just isn’t doing the trick, try any of the above. Make sure to do your best and figure out what’s causing the bad breath (dry mouth? Excess bacteria?) So you know how to nip it right in the bud.