Avoid bad breath with these five foods

By Philaso G. Kaping | Last Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 20:52

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Bad breath can make you and others uncomfortable. Except some people who have medical conditions like dry mouth, oral infections or halitosis caused by diseases like cancer, most of us can avoid bad breath with proper oral hygiene. You can also keep away bad breath by watching what you eat. Here are five foods that will make your breath smell better.

Herbs and spices: If you need a quick fix to freshen up your breath, try herbs and spices like parsley, basil, spearmint, tarragon, rosemary, cardamom or clove. The compounds called polyphenols will help break down the sulfur compounds in foods like garlic and keep odour away.

Pro-biotic yoghurt: Yoghurt can help reduce the level of odor-causing hydrogen sulfide and remove bacteria in the mouth. This means no stinky breath, plague and gum disease.

Crunchy fruits and veggies: Munch on apples or carrots to increase saliva production which in turn will clean out food particles and plague from your teeth.

Water:  Keep your mouth moist as odour-causing bacteria thrive in a dry mouth. Drinking water can also remove food particles and bacteria from your mouth.

Berries and citrus fruits: Vitamin C helps destroy the anaerobic bacteria present in the mouth. So load up on vitamin C-rich foods to fight bad breath and gum disease.



First Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 20:52

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