3. Clean your tongueJynMeyerDesign/iStock
Use a tongue scraper every morning to remove tongue plaque and freshen your breath. One major cause of bad breath is the buildup of bacteria on the tongue, which a daily tongue scraping will help banish—here are some other causes of bad breath. Plus, using a tongue scraper is more effective than brushing your tongue with a toothbrush, says Dr. Katz.
4. Eat ‘detergent’ foodsdoram/iStock
Foods that are firm or crisp help clean teeth as they’re eaten. We already mentioned apples (otherwise known as nature’s toothbrush); other choices include raw carrots, celery, and popcorn. For best results, make “detergent” foods the final food you eat in your meal if you know you won’t be able to brush your teeth right after eating.
5. Gargle with apple cider vinegarfotoedu/iStock
Do this in the morning and then brush as usual for healthy teeth. The vinegar helps help remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Here are some other great health benefits to apple cider vinegar.