6 Ways to Instantly Cure Bad Breath

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Americans today are obsessed with the concept of “being clean.” We are afraid of germs, odors, bad breath, you name it. Yet the world didn’t always operate this way. It wasn’t until the 1920s when Listerine was marketed as a cure for halitosis. Halitosis, or bad breath, actually wasn’t a problem until Listerine made it one. Thus begins our descent into a problem that now plagues over 65% of Americans.

Whether or not advertising created this falsehood about bad breath, (thanks Listerine!) bad breath is a condition that has plagued all of us at one point or another. If you have a low tolerance for horrible breath, it can actually ruin relationships and sour friendships. Sounds crazy, but bad breath is also a very embarrassing thing. No one wants to be known as the friend with constant bad breath.

Bad breath isn’t only caused by the foods you eat, but actually arises from various dental problems. Bad breath comes from oral ulcers, dental decay, oral infections, nose and throat infections, indigestion, food, medications, and even stress, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, fasting, and smoking.

Some tips, brush your teeth after every meal. Carry a travel toothbrush wherever you go. Also eat crisp, natural foods. Healthy foods increase our health AND dental health.

Oftentimes, gum or mints don’t rid mouths of nasty odors, but luckily there are other ways to cure bad breath to ensure it won’t creep back 10 minutes later.

1. Gargle with apple cider vinegar

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This acidic substance has been used for centuries and is known for eliminating bacteria, especially in the mouth. It has antiseptic properties that help break down plaque and helps digestion when consumed, which may help bad breath caused by indigestion. Plus, ACV has tons of essential minerals that are necessary for health. Either gargle with ACV for 10 seconds, or mix 1 tablespoon in an 8 ounce glass of water anytime you encounter bad breath. This substance may taste nasty and potent, but the effects will have this be your go-to cure.

2. Floss and tongue scraper

Food accumulates in your teeth and decays if it sits there for a long time. Floss every morning a night to rid your mouth of any food. Bacterial plaque and food debris can also accumulate on the back of the tongue. Use a tongue scraper after your floss, morning and night, to help clear up potential causes for bad breath. Oddly enough, mouthwash doesn’t clear up bad breath.

3. Cardamom seeds

One of the most effective remedies against halitosis, and it can be found right in your kitchen. It is an ingredient in some chewing gums, as well. Simply chewing on the seeds eliminates bad odors, or even drinking cardamom tea at the end of a meal.

4. Sip on green tea

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This scientifically proven study found that the polyphenols destroy compounds in the mouth that can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and mouth cancer. Oral cavities, oxidative stress and inflammation can be reduced by green tea polyphenols. If green tea wasn’t on your radar before, make sure it is now.

5. Chew lemon or orange

Cut a slice of lemon or orange and chew on it to stimulate the salivary glands. This will freshen your breath and get your glands moving. The acidic content in lemons also prevents the growth of bacteria in your mouth. This can help solve the problem of dry mouth, one of the main causes of bad breath.

6. TheraBreath

This product is the most effective bad breath product on the market. By combining this with home remedies, your bad breath is guaranteed to never appear again. TheraBreath works with the principle that you must destroy sulphur compounds in your mouth to get rid of bad breath. The formula also neutralizes odors leaving your breath clean.

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