7 Ways to Kill Bacteria in Your Mouth and Stop Bad Breath

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3. Watch what you eat!

Some foods are known to cause bad breath so it’s best to avoid them if you want your mouth to smell minty fresh. Onions and garlic are the most common culprits when it comes to causing bad breath. But also remember to not completely do away with onions as research shows that eating onions in moderation killed 4 different strains of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Also, avoid foods that are high in fructose or acidic acid as they encourage bacterial growth.

If you are hungry, try eating apples or some yogurt. Apples contain heteropolysaccharide pectin which is known to stimulate saliva production, while the active cultures in yogurt help reduce bacteria in the mouth.

4. Scrape your tongue.

Your tongue can be a breeding ground for smelly bacteria. After you brush your teeth, use your toothbrush to scrape your tongue of any bacteria, byproducts from the bacteria, or plaque. You can also use a tongue scraper for this.

5. Brush twice a day and floss once.

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once. A study showed that only a little over 55% of women brushed twice a day and the percentage of men doing so is even lower at just 49%. Brushing and flossing help remove trapped food and odor-causing bacteria from the mouth.

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