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5 Things For Bad Breath

Avoid the embarrassment of bad breath with these five tips.

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Chew On This

At the end of your power lunch or romantic dinner, munch the sprig of parsley that’s left on your plate. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, a known breath deodorizer with germ-fighting qualities.

If there’s no parsley, get your hands on an orange, peel and eat it. The citric acid it contains will stimulate your salivary glands and encourage the flow of breath-freshening saliva.

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Pay Attention to Your Tounge

Vigorously scrape your tongue over your teeth. Your tongue can become coated with bacteria that ferment proteins, producing gases that smell bad. Scraping your tongue can dislodge these bacteria so you can rinse them away.

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Go Natural

The most obvious brand-name products advertised as breath-fresheners are rarely, if ever, effective in the long run. But with a chlorine dioxide rinse, you can dismantle the sulfur compounds that are responsible for breath odor. Use a toothpaste that contains tea-tree oil, a natural disinfectant.

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Don’t Skip Meals

Don’t skip meals. When you don’t eat for a long period of time, your mouth can get very dry. It becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

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Check Your Breath Yourself

Just how bad is your breath? To find out, cup your hands over your mouth, exhale heartily, and take a whiff. If your breath smells bad to you, it smells bad to others too. You can also perform the “sniff test” on dental floss after you pull it gently between your teeth.