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Bad breath? Here are some natural remedies

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Bad breath is something that we all have to deal with sooner or later. Whether you are trying to cover your own bad breath or escape the breath of someone else, we can all use a few tips for keeping our mouths fresh and clean.

1. Brush and Floss. Flossing between teeth at least once per day will remove food particles that brushing can't always get to. Be sure to brush twice every day with a toothbrush that is small enough to reach the farthest corners of your mouth. If you are using a toothbrush that is too large, you could be missing your back teeth and leaving stinky bacteria behind.

2. Check Your Diet. We all know that tons of onions and garlic can make you a nuisance to others, but coffee and alcohol will also contribute. Alcohol can cause your mouth to dry out and this helps anaerobic bacteria grow and ruin your fresh mouth.

3. Drink Tea. A study at Pace University in New York found that both green and black teas are effective at fighting the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath, tooth decay, and other dental woes. Researchers discovered that the high level of polyphenols are responsible for the positive effects of the teas by inhibiting the bacterial growth and suppressing the bad-smelling odors they cause.

4. Eat chlorophyll. Most health food stores carry liquid chlorophyll. Add two teaspoons to a glass of water and swish it around like mouthwash for thirty seconds before spitting it out. You can also eat fresh green foods like spinach, parsley, and greens.

Avoid harsh mouthwashes that are nothing more than alcohol and chemicals. Some of them may do more harm than good. Also avoid sugary gums and mints and opt for the sugarless varieties for last-minute freshening.