Halitosis is unpleasant. Luckily, much can be done to prevent it.
You can’t usually tell if you have bad breath and people are often reluctant to point it out. An easy test is to hold cupped hands in front of your mouth, exhale into them, then move your hands quickly to your nose to check the exhaled breath.
• Use mouthwash regularly after brushing your teeth. Add two drops of chamomile, peppermint, clary sage or lemon balm oil to a glass of water and rinse your mouth with it, but avoid swallowing it.
• For morning breath, rinse your mouth with cider vinegar-1 teaspoon (5 ml) in a glass of water—as soon as you get out of bed.
• For persistent bad breath, chew fresh parsley or mint leaves—both will freshen breath in an instant.
• Mix together dill, anise and fennel seeds and chew a few of them occasionally.
• If stomach problems are what are causing your bad breath, you could try this old and trusted home remedy: Chew on a coffee bean, which will neutralize the acid smell. But be sure to spit it out afterwards; don’t swallow it.
• Both apples and yogurt taste good, freshen your breath and provide a healthy snack.
•Gargle regularly with lemon water to avoid developing bad breath or a dry mouth.