When you’re suffering from bad breath, it’s a situation that can be equally as uncomfortable for you as it is for those around you. Bad breath — or halitosis as it is formally called — can be caused by any number of things, but whatever the cause, it’s important to know how to combat it when it does become a problem.

 

Some of the most common remedies for bad breath might include options like mouthwash or minty gum, but there are also several foods which can be effective in warding off bad breath and keeping your mouth feeling healthy and fresh.

 

Read on to see some of the best odor-fighting foods, and try munching on them next time you feel the need to freshen your breath!

 

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Parsley

Leafy greens are excellent for your health in general, and this certainly extends to oral health. This is because they help keep your body’s pH levels in check and prevent issues like dry mouth, which may cause bad breath. Parsley has the added benefit of being one of the strongest sources of chlorophyll amongst the variety of leafy greens, and with its odor-neutralizing properties, chlorophyll can be especially important in fighting bad breath.

 

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Water

A flavorless, colorless, and odorless beverage, it’s strange to think that water would be important in fighting bad breath. However, it can actually be extremely effective in this respect because one of the common causes of bad breath is a dry mouth, which gives odor-causing bacteria the perfect environment in which to flourish. Staying hydrated can help you become less prone to bad breath by keeping your mouth from drying out, as well as by ridding it of food particles and other substances that can contribute to plaque buildup and odor.

 

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Oranges

Foods with high in vitamin C can play a big role in fighting bad breath. For starters, they serve to create an environment in your mouth in which bacteria cannot easily thrive. Beyond that, fruits high in vitamin C, like oranges, can build up your immune system and help fight off conditions like gum disease that can cause bad breath.

 

 

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Celery

As a food high in fiber, celery can naturally help increase the production of saliva in your mouth, which in turn prevents dry mouth and helps to clean your mouth. However, fiber’s role in fighting bad breath also goes deeper than what it causes to happen in your mouth. Its role in flushing the intestines of toxins can help your body fight potential odor-causing symptoms deep within your body.

 

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Ginger

Like celery, ginger has the ability to fight causes of bad breath both from directly in your mouth, as well as from deep within your body. Rinsing your mouth out with a simple ginger mixture — like ginger, water, and lemon juice — could help neutralize foul odors in your mouth. Meanwhile, ginger can help soothe the stomach, which may be a root cause of odors in your mouth when it’s not working and feeling its best.

 

What are some of your tricks for beating bad breath? Share your comments below or tweet me @tamarahoumi