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Home Remedies for Bad Morning Breath

By Lori A. Selke ; Updated July 18, 2017

Morning breath is usually just an embarrassing but harmless malady -- although if it's particularly odorous or persistent, you may want to see a doctor just in case there's an underlying cause. Otherwise, it's best treated by an ounce of prevention: Avoid garlic, cheese and other stinky foods as well as coffee and beer. Be sure to brush your teeth before bedtime and definitely ditch any tobacco use. If that's not enough, you can try a few home remedies before your morning brush takes care of the issue.

A Sprig of Parsley, a Kiss of Mint

Chewing on a sprig of fresh parsley is a time-honored remedy for morning breath. This herb contains plenty of chlorophyll, which helps deodorize your mouth. Parsley juice works, too -- add it to your morning green smoothie. Mint is another well-known remedy for bad breath. Just chew on a few of the fresh leaves first thing in the morning. Mint will basically just mask the smell, not cure it, but it should last long enough to get you through breakfast.

An Apple a Day

Eating an apple both freshens the breath and gives your teeth a quick scrub-down, making it perfect for a morning breath remedy. Eating a stalk of celery has a similar effect. These foods also help increase saliva production, which helps clean out your mouth naturally.

A Vinegar Rinse

Mix a tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar into a cup of water. Swish it around your mouth thoroughly, gargle and spit it out. The apple-cider vinegar leaves your breath smelling pleasant. Also, vinegar has antiseptic properties -- it kills off the odor-causing bacteria that are the source of the problem in the first place.

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