We don't like even writing about bad breath. It's just one of those things that we all know exists, but who wants to think about it?  We obviously do think about it because we spend millions on gum and breath mints every year. How about a few natural bad breath deterrents?

There are some tasty anti halitosis cures out there and they are all very common foods.

 

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    Green or Black Tea

    Both types of tea contain antioxidants called polyphenols that can help destroy the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath. Both teas are also shown to at least help with other health related problems.

    flickr/nikkorglass
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    Yogurt

    Yogurt is another food that, generally speaking, is good for you, but what makes yogurt effective for bad-breath are two active cultures with really long names. The bottom line is that these two cultures compete with bacteria in your mouth. Make sure the yogurt you choose doesn’t have any added sugars. Those added sugars actually contribute to the bad breath problem

    karibero/flickr
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    Water

    Yep. Plain old water. Amazing how many problems can be solved by drinking something that makes up 50 to 75% of the human body. Why does it work against bad breath?

    Well, most of the bacteria that causes bad breath are anaerobic. In other words, they like dry places. Drink up!

    flickr/spencer purkiss
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    Parsley and Basil

    Garlic gives you bad breath because of sulfur compounds. The polyphenols in parsley and basil break down those compounds.

     

    flickr/sallock
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    Apples

    We're not sure if "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", but bad breath keeps everyone away.

    flickr/donsutherland1
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    Cherries

    Ever heard of "methyl mercaptan?" Yeah, neither have we, but it causes bad breath and cherries will get rid of it. That's good enough for us.

    flickr/D H Wright