Foul Mouth? 4 Foods That Fight Odor

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With more bacteria in our mouths than cells in our bodies, it’s not surprising that nearly 65 million Americans have bad breath, according to the National Institute of Dental Research. That’s a lot of dirty mouths out there stinkin’ up the joint. Don’t be a statistic. Fight bad breath naturally by eating. Yes, you read that right. Certain foods can give you fresher, friendlier breath. So naturally, we found four foods that fight halitosis. Your partner can thank us later.

Citrus fruits
Vitamin C attacks bacteria in the mouth the same way it defends the body against the common cold.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon has antioxidant and antiseptic benefits, preventing germs in the mouth from wreaking havoc on your breath.

Spinach and parsley
Both contain chlorophyll, which has antibacterial properties that kill germs to freshen breath.

Green tea
Green tea is rich in polyphenols, an antioxidant that protects cells from harm, including bacterial invasion.

So chew on these and remember, popping a breath mint when your mouth smells bad is not the best cure-all for bad breath. It can actually make your breath worse. Breath mints typically have a high concentration of sugars, which provide bacteria the energy they need to multiply and invade the teeth and gums.

To read other ways to fight bad breath, make sure to see the latest issue of NewBeauty magazine, on newsstands now.

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