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Looking Good - October 9, 2017

*-- Bad Breath Remedies --*

Sometimes you need to step up your game if your previous bad breath remedies are no longer working for you. Brushing and flossing are one thing, but there are other things you can try if your morning breath is sticking around too long.

Brush Your Tongue

Just like other parts of your body, your tongue builds up dead skin cells that could benefit from exfoliation. Bacteria and tiny food particles also contribute to bad breath. So what can you do? Use a tongue scraper when you brush your teeth. Most are made of plastic and are easy to use. Just be gentle and remember to clean your tongue scraper every so often.

Swish and Spit

You may not be able to brush and floss every time you eat, but you can do something simple that can be almost as effective. Take plain, fresh water and swish it around your mouth and tongue. Although you can swallow the water, you probably don't really want to so it's a good idea to try this trick someplace you can discreetly spit the water when you're done.

Eat That Garnish

Parsley, mint, and cilantro are more than just attractive garnishes on your plate. Each of these herbs also contains essential oils that can freshen your breath. Give one of them a few chews after you eat and you'll experience their freshening benefits for quite a while.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you've tried everything else under the heading of bad breath remedies, your next stop should probably be your doctor's office. Sometimes bad breath is caused by lung issues, such as an upper respiratory infection or bronchitis. Bad breath can also be an indicator of an unrelated illness, such as diabetes or liver problems. Talk with your doctor to rule out health concerns.


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