Having Amazing-Smelling, Kissable Breath Is Easier Than You Think.

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  1. Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash that contains a zinc compound. The goal is to always keep your mouth moist because your saliva helps wash away odor- and cavity-causing bacteria. Alcohol dries your mouth out and leads to more bacteria and eventually bad breath. Dr. Glassman suggests opting for a mouthwash without alcohol or even creating your own at home using 1 tablespoon baking soda poured into 1 cup warm water with a few drops of essential peppermint oil. The baking soda is antibacterial, there isn’t any alcohol it in, and it can help freshen your breath in a pinch if you run out of mouthwash.
  1. Don’t forget your veggies. Not only will your mom be proud, greens promote a more alkaline environment, so the bad-breath-causing acid in your body balances out.
  1. Snack on more apples or any other crunchy, healthy foods. The hard texture of apples, celery, carrots, etc., can remove food caught between your teeth and rub away bacteria that sit on them, creating that “fuzzy” feeling when you run your tongue over your teeth. Hard, crunchy foods act like a natural toothbrush.
  1. Drink 48 ounces of water a day. H2O lubricates your mouth, keeping bacteria at bay, and also keeps your body functioning normally. Bottled sports drinks, sodas, and some bottled iced teas are preserved with citric acid, which not only contributes to bad breath but wears away the enamel on your teeth. Soda is even more acidic and can literally take paint off wall, so lower your intake of these kinds of drinks and replace them with good, ol’ water.
  1. Drink more green juice and less coffee. Green juice contains low levels of acid, while coffee contains high amounts, which can lead to bad breath. Bonus: Keeping your body at an alkaline level rather than an acidic level will make it function better overall.
  1. Chew on fresh mint leaves or parsley. If you want to go the natural route, stash one of these herbs in a sandwich bag and take them to go. The mint will help freshen your breath and up your greens intake, and the parsley contains chlorophyll, Dr.Jablow says, which works against the creation of volatile sulphur compounds, aka the rotten egg smell (caused by hydrogen sulfide) and the barnyard smell (caused by methyl mercaptan).
  1. Take probiotics. Probiotics give you the proper enzymes you need to break down foods sufficiently and decrease the chance of food fermenting in your stomach. They help you get all the nutrients out of your food as well. Dr. Glassman recommends taking one daily and suggests Advanced Naturals to her patients.
  1. Brush and floss every single day. Sure, flossing is an extra step, but it’s an essential one. Brushing your teeth helps nix the plaque and bacteria on your teeth, but flossing helps dislodge anything that your toothbrush couldn’t get to. If you don’t floss regularly, the food in between your teeth will feed the bacteria in your mouth, and the more nutrients you give the bacteria, the more the bacteria will give off stinky acids that cause bad breath.
  1. Clean your tongue. Bacteria stick to your taste buds, then release a waste byproduct that causes a gross stench. Try using a tongue scraper (like this one) or make sure that you brush your tongue to remove any bacteria, byproducts from the bacteria, or plaque.
  1. Eat a low-carb diet balanced with fats and proteins. Fatty foods break down and create ketones, a byproduct of fat that sits in your stomach and ferments; the odor of ketones then come back up through your esophagus and can stick to your tongue. That’s why it’s important to add healthy carbs like broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, and fresh fruits into your diet, which balance out the fats and promote better breath.
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