10 Best Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath – Natural Remedies to Cure Bad Breath – Prevention.com

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1 Do yoga

You don’t have to commit to an entire yoga class, just try one of these cleansing breaths, like Cooling Breath and Breath of Fire, which are believed to release toxins from the nasal and respiratory areas.

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2 Rinse with baking soda

Baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) is a natural breath freshener that neutralizes acidity and kills off odor-causing bacteria. Add ½ a teaspoon to water and swish for 30 seconds.

3 Sleep better

Snoring or sleeping with an open mouth decreases salvia production and increases stinkiness. If you’re a back sleeper, try switching to your side or stomach. Severe morning breath can also be a sign of sleep apnea, so you may want to check with your doctor. If you use a mouth guard or other dental devices at night, clean them regularly.

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4 Try aloe vera juice

Aloe vera may be best known as a sunburn treatment, but it’s also an anti-bacterial that combats dental plaque and stimulates salvia production. Rinse morning and night with aloe vera juice (found at health food stores and online), though do not swallow as it can act as a laxative.

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5 Quit smoking

It’s called smoker’s breath for a reason: Smoking and tobacco products increase bacteria in the mouth, not just causing bad breath but gum disease and sometimes mouth cancers. Vaping and cannabis also impact oral health.

6 Stay hydrated

If you’re not drinking enough water, your salivary flow decreases, which can cause breath to be more concentrated. Always carry some water with you and be sure to drink throughout the day.

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7 Pour a glass of wine

A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that drinking red wine in moderation can inhibit the growth of bacteria. Remember to swish with water afterwards to prevent staining.

8 Bite into an apple

Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables that require a lot of chewing help clean the teeth. Plus, vitamin C kills bacteria.

9 Chew gum

Chewing sugarless gum throughout the day can help remove food particles from teeth and keep the mouth moist.

10 Sip tea

Swap out your afternoon coffee for a cup of green or black tea instead. Both contain polyphenols, which prevent the growth of bacteria.

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