First, a look at what causes bad breath
istock/peopleimages It’s no secret that certain foods don’t do your breath any favors. John C. Comisi, DDS, at Dental Care with a Difference, PC in Ithaca, New York, suggests limiting foods that are associated with causing malodorous oral-related conditions. “Garlic, onions, coffee, alcohol, meats, juices, and carbonated beverages are just a few of the foods and drinks linked to bad breath,” he says. “The breath odor is most commonly created by volatile sulfur compounds that can be found in many of these items or that can be created when these are ingested.” Not following a proper oral hygiene routine, which includes regular dental visits, can contribute to the problem. “Fresh breath starts with a healthy and clean mouth,” says Ana Gourlay, an herbalist at Sunflower Natural Foods in Laconia, New Hampshire. Gourlay, who holds a master’s degree in natural health as well as a certificate in advanced herbal studies, says there are many ways to freshen your breath naturally. Here’s a closer look at the foods and drinks that naturally freshen your breath—and keep your mouth healthy to boot.
Drink more water
istock/webphotographeer You already know that drinking water is beneficial. After all, water keeps you hydrated, doing everything from boosting brain health to improving skin’s elasticity. But it also acts as a great natural breath freshener. Drinking water helps flush away odor-causing bacteria that thrive in a dry mouth. Dr. Comisi adds that consuming sufficient amounts of water daily helps to “free up food items on the tongue.” This, in conjunction with properly taking care of your teeth and mouth, reduces the accumulation of bad breath-causing particles that can become trapped in your mouth. These genius hacks can get you drinking more water on the regular.