Keep bad breath at bay this festive season

Amanda Ngudle

Amanda Ngudle

Fun-filled days bring with them a lot of feasting, drinking, interaction and new relations.

Some of these indulgences can leave a mouth smelling and tasting funkier than it should, so take heed of the following world-renowned bad- breath cures.

Regular and thorough teeth brushing is essential for healthy teeth, but don't neglect your tongue when brushing your teeth. The whole mouth needs a cleaning and it's only a matter of time before a toothbrush that can clean the roof of the mouth will be introduced on to the market.

But take care not to brush your teeth so vigorously that you cause your gums to bleed because blood can later develop a foul smell.

Many people believe that brushing your teeth with baking soda helps to reduce the acidity in the mouth and so makes a less-friendly environment for bacteria to flourish in.

Most mouthwashes combat the bacteria associated with bad breath. Many people dilute them with water because of their harsh taste, but to do that is to reduce by half the results that one should be accomplishing with use of the undiluted version.

If you dilute one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass full of water, you help your stomach digest food better, which in turn eliminates most bacteria associated with digestive bad breath.

Gargling with salt water will help clean out bacteria, mucus and food particles on your tonsils or the back of your throat that might be causing your bad breath.

Suck a lemon wedge sprinkled with salt or chew parsley or mint to stop bad breath associated with eating onion or garlic.

Chew parsley sprigs dipped in vinegar for immediate relief. If you then swallow the leaves they will be digested and will continue to provide breath freshness for some time.

Use of this mixture was exclusive to royalty in China and in Egypt and it was recommended as a cure for flatulence.