Top tips on how to keep your breath fresh

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How to keep your breath freshBad breath (halitosis) is often due to gum disease, tooth decay, throat infection, poor diet or problems with digestion. So what is the best way to keep your breath fresh? The most common cause of bad breath is a lack of dental hygiene. This can be improved straight away by brushing your teeth at least twice a day (not immediately after eating fruit). There are many fluoride free toothpastes and mouth washes available to buy. You should also change your toothbrush regularly.

Certain foods such as garlic, onions and cheese are other causes of bad breath. Smoking also contributes to this condition. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of more serious illness such as diabetes or heart disease, so it is important to consult your doctor.

The following tips can help to keep your breath fresh:

  • Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks.
  • Cut out smoking.
  • Cut down on high fat, low fibre foods.
  • Cut down on milk and dairy products.
  • Eat plenty of green vegetables such as kale, watercress, cabbage and spinach. These vegetables contain chlorophyll which helps to promote the natural cleansing functions of the body.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit. Papaya and pineapples eaten after a meal help to break down the proteins.
  • Add herbs such as coriander, parsley, fennel and mint to your diet. These herbs help to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Start a course of probiotics containing acidophilus and bifidus. This should be taken daily for between 2-3 months.  This will increase the healthy bacteria and improve digestion.
  • Digestive enzymes containing betaine will help to improve the digestion of proteins. (Avoid if you have stomach ulcers).
  • Natural mouthwashes containing lemon, myrrh, peppermint oil, clove oil and tea tree oil can help to keep your breath fresh and free of bacteria.
  • Supplement your diet with Co-enzyme Q10. This is a strong antioxidant that helps to improve the health of your gums.