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What is a home remedy for bad breath?

The best remedy for bad breath is making sure you brush and floss your teeth and get regular dental checkups. But if you don’t have a toothbrush or floss around, you can use mouthwash or chew gum to help cover the smell. Chewing gum will also help you to produce more saliva, which is kind of your body’s natural way of cleaning that bacteria out. Drinking water can also help. If your mouth gets dry or you don’t have a lot of saliva being made, that’s going to make your breath smell worse, so hydrating will help to diminish bad breath.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

While you may already use aloe vera gel on cuts, bruises, and sunburns, you probably didn’t know it’s also a great home remedy for bad breath. Aloe vera contains an anti-inflammatory called b-sitosterol that soothes acid indigestion, which is a common cause of bad breath. Just dissolve a quarter-cup of pure aloe vera gel in a half-cup of water, then drink it down! Unlike a mint, which only treats the symptoms of bad breath, this aloe vera treatment will combat the gastric acid that’s the cause of the bad breath.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.

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