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While chomping on gum can mask bad breath, truly freshening your mouth calls for killing the bacteria causing that uninviting odor. Brushing, flossing, and tongue-scraping should do the trick, but these remedies from Richard Fischer, D.D.S., can also help.

Fennel

Why It Works

Chewing on fennel seeds stimulates saliva production (key for stopping bad breath).

How to Use It

Pop a small handful of seeds after a pungent meal. (Gnawing on fresh mint, anise seeds, or parsley can also help.)

Probiotics

Why It Works

These friendly bacteria can help prevent bad breath by restoring your body's balance between good bugs and bad bugs.

How to Use It

Take a probiotics supplement such as acidophilus, or include more yogurt, kefir, and other fermented foods in your daily diet.

Peppermint or Cinnamon Essential Oils

Why It Works

Antibacterial peppermint and cinnamon essential oils can help wipe out stinky sulfur compounds left behind by garlic or onions.

How to Use It

Place one or two drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil on your tongue; do not ingest more than this amount.

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