how to get rid of bad breath?

Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

-- do not breathe through your mouth.

-- eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Chew parsley.

-- control your stress because stress makes your breath worse.

-- have a dental cleaning done at the dentist's office at least twice a year.

-- avoid onions, garlic, alcohol, coffee, spicy foods, candies, tobacco, and smoking.

-- do not use mouthwash containing alcohol or toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulfate.

-- avoid breath mints, breath sprays, and chewing gums that contain sugar. Use sugarless gums that contain xylitol.

-- clean your teeth, tongue, and mouth. Brush, floss, and tongue scrape twice a day in order to prevent bacteria build up.

-- your breath gets worse when you have a cold, allergies, or postnasal drip. Try saline nasal spray to keep nasal passages moist.

-- drink water in order to avoid dry mouth because a dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. The drier your mouth, the worse your breath gets.

-- over-the-counter and prescription medications such as anti-depressants, high blood pressure medications, and anti-histamines can make your mouth dry.