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Foods That Help Fight Bad Breath

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Bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing but did you know you can help fight it with what you eat? Coupled with consistently drinking more water and maintaining good oral health habits, what you put on your plate can defeat bad breath!

Want to stop odours in their tracks? Add these great foods to your grocery list:

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Unsweetened green tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that help ward off the growth of odor-causing bacteria. If you prefer black tea, you’re in luck - it also contains these antioxidants, just in slightly smaller quantities.

Get Crunching

Crisp fruits and vegetables, such as celery and carrots, provide two great benefits: they require lots of chewing to break down which produces more saliva and their hard textures help scrape away bacteria and softer foods.

Say Yes to Yogurt

Eating about 3 ounces of sugar-free yogurt with beneficial probiotic bacteria, particularly strains of streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria, twice a day has been found to reduce bad breath. Researchers found it helped to lower the levels of sulfide compounds, a common bad-breath culprit. Fortified yogurt is also a source of vitamin D, which helps reduce mouth bacteria.

An Apple a Day

Apples offer the benefits of increasing saliva production and scraping away unwanted plaque and food remnants thanks to their crisp texture but their high level of polyphenols helps break down odorous compounds.

Cherries and Lettuce

Cherries and lettuce are both effective at removing methyl mercaptan, one of the odorous gases released by bacteria digesting food in your mouth.


On the go or need an emergency refresher? Sugarless cinnamon gum is an excellent quick fix. The chewing helps to increase saliva production while the cinnamon oils commonly used in cinnamon gum and candies helps to break down and prevent odours.

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