The causes of bad breath are varied and include poor oral hygiene, underlying health issues and the type of foods you eat. Good dental care can help with bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene. Some foods, such as onions, curry, cheese, fish and garlic, can also produce odor and could waft around the person for the whole day. Luckily, there are also several foods that can fix bad breath.
Lemons: The yellow citrus fruit is often used as a restaurant garnish or in glasses of ice water. Suck on the lemon wedge or nibble on the lemon rind. Lemon candy is also an effective, portable breath freshener.
Parsley and green garnishes: The common green garnishes such as parsley, fresh basil and rosemary work as breath fresheners. Do not waste that green sprig on the plate. After eating your meal, chew on the garnish to freshen your breath and add a dose of nutrients to your meal.
Apples, Pears, Carrots: Crispy refreshing fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and bump up saliva production as you chew. These crisp foods, and others like them, act like a scrubbing rinse for the mouth.
Crunchy Spices: Exotic spices, such as anise, cloves, cardamom, coriander and fennel seeds are easily found in the spice aisle of the grocery store. A dish of these spicy seeds can be kept on the dining room table next to the salt and pepper. These hard, dry seeds can also be kept in the little plastic bags in the purse or pocket. Chew on a few exotic spicy seeds to sweeten after dinner or coffee breath.
Mint Sprigs: Mint is the active ingredient in many commercial breath mints and gum. Chew on a fresh mint sprig for a refreshing breath.
Cinnamon Sticks: Cinnamon sticks are a pleasant tasting spice that can easily be carried in your purse or pocket. An essential oil in cinnamon kills nasty oral bacteria, as well as squelching the sulfur smell of onion and garlic.
Berries: Colorful fruits, such as berries, melons and oranges are high in vitamin C and deter stinky bacteria in the mouth.
Yogurt: Eat half a cup of plain, sugar-free, yogurt twice a day to lower levels of odor in the mouth. Combine the yogurt with fresh fruit for an extra dollop of breath freshening goodness.