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Eat for Better Breath

Crunchy, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables can help cleanse your mouth of food particles that can cling to your teeth and tongue between meals.

“Increase the raw foods in the diet, especially things like celery, apples and carrots,” says Amy Rothenberg, ND, president of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors. “It helps to scrape the plaque buildup and fights bacteria buildup in the mouth.”

It’s wise to avoid too much dessert, and did you know that it can affect your breath? It’s true, Rothenberg says. Refined foods and white sugar can cause some bacteria in your mouth to be overfed, which sets off an odor.

Try Probiotics

Many people swish mouthwash to kill bacteria that cause bad breath. The truth is that gargling can kill good and bad bacteria.

If you eat more foods with good bacteria, you may change the good-to-bad ratio inside your mouth, leading to better breath. Try yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, or miso with probiotics (good bacteria).

“Eating the yogurt, you swish it all around in your mouth while you’re enjoying it, and hopefully, you get it to work for your mouth,” says Christopher Chang, MD, an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

Fight Dry Mouth

Bad breath is common when your mouth's dry. You may find relief if you use artificial saliva and drink plenty of H2O.

“The water will address the tiny microbes in the mouth,” Rothenberg says.

Many medicines can cause the dryness.

“If you go on a medication and suddenly your mouth is really dry, talk to your doctor to see if another medication would do the same thing,” Messina says. “Today, there’s very rarely one drug that does one thing.”

Also, some people breathe through their mouths. This dries out the teeth and tongue, and can cause odors. Sometimes, an over-the-counter nasal decongestant or allergy pill can help you breathe easier.

If you can breathe through your nose but use your mouth out of habit, especially when you sleep, a chin strap might help. It lets you get used to keeping your mouth shut in bed or around the house until it becomes second-nature, Chang says.

Smoking can also give you a dry mouth. If you quit, your breath won’t smell like cigarettes anymore, and you should make more saliva again. That will also help fight the odor.

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