How’d you like to work for this organization: The International Society For Breath Odor Research? They’ve done lots of studies on the chemistry and behavior that causes “toxic” halitosis – also known as bad breath! Thanks to that research, we have these simple cures for your worst bad breath! We got these from Rodale Publishing.

  • For instance, if your breath reeks of garlic: Chew a sprig of parsley. It turns out the natural oils found in parsley plants can neutralize the scent of garlic! That’s great news for people who eat garlic for the health benefits since research shows that adding garlic to your diet leads to a lower risk of heart disease.
  • What about if your breath stinks of cheese? Then drink some hot tea. The blacker the better. Since the chemicals in tea leaves are known to rinse away proteins left behind by your curd craving. Also, tea has antibacterial properties that can cut down the plaque build-up on your teeth.
  • On the other hand, if your halitosis comes from drinking coffee: chew some cinnamon gum. Research shows that one stick of Big Red gum has enough germ-killing cinnamon to cut coffee bacteria by about HALF. Cinnamon gum works better than a mint or mouthwash because it creates more saliva, which washes away food particles. Saliva is a natural antibiotic that decreases the number of bad bacteria in your mouth.
  • You could also have dragon breath from your low-carb diet. Low-carb diets can cause something known as "ketone breath" because protein doesn't digest as easily. To combat it, eat fruit with lots of enzymes, like pineapple and papaya. They'll help you digest foods faster, and leave your breath smelling sweeter.
  • Finally, for any other foul smell in your mouth: use mint dental floss. Dentists say the #1 cause of bad breath is the hunks of decaying food that get stuck between your teeth! So right after your next dinner, head to the restroom to floss away all the leftovers.