Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem. Everyday Health and The Doctors reveal what causes bad breath and offer simple solutions to halt your halitosis.
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Treating Bad Breath Dr. Travis Stork: We all know there’s nothing beautiful about bad odor so helping us out today is Everyday Health from A to Z.And today’s letter is B for bad breath. And, it can result from two key issues, your oral hygiene as well as your GI health. Now, they originated not just from the mouth but also the digestive tract. It’s because of bacteria. That’s why you got to brush your teeth. You have to floss. You have to visit a dentist regularly. But here’s the thing, if you do suffer from bad breath, there are foods you can eat to help eliminate them. I'm going to start off with parsley. This is a great herb filled with chlorophyll. Well, what is chlorophyll? It’s actually an antibacterial that can kill some of the bacteria that are causing bad breath. I've actually munched on this after eating too much garlic once. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Good, it helps. Good! Dr. Jim Sears: Yeah? Dr. Lisa Masterson: It works. Dr. Jim Sears: Cool! Dr. Drew Ordon: Another suggestion, yogurt. What yogurt does is it cuts down those bacteria that form hydrogen sulfide. What is that? Well, that’s that gas that bacteria produce that gives you a little bit of that funky odor, rotten eggs. Dr. Jim Sears: Oh! Dr. Drew Ordon: What are you -- Dr. Jim Sears: Dude, you need this. The celery is actually a vegetable that’s high in fiber, and fiber can help reduce bad breath because fiber increases saliva production and saliva helps flush out a lot of that plaque and bacteria to keep your teeth clean. So, it will reduce the bad breath. Munch that. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Better, thus you need to add a little of the melons here. Melons like cantaloupe and watermelon are great because they’re high in vitamin C and that kills the bacteria in the mouth. It helps prevent that tooth decay that can go on. So, these are very high vitamin C rich fruits that are helpful for your breath as well. Dr. Travis Stork: And you know what, this is also over 90% water and keeping your mouth full of water and moisture that actually helps prevent some of that bacteria. Dr. Drew Ordon: All of these are good for other things, too. Dr. Travis Stork: Good stuff! I don’t know that I need the parsley with the watermelon but hey -- Dr. Lisa Masterson: Maybe the yogurt and -- Dr. Travis Stork: Great option!