A common and quick solution to bad breath is to reach for the nearest bottle of mouthwash, but this first instinct might not be the best solution.
Some things to keep in mind and alternatives:
1) Mouthwashes and breath mints containing alcohol might seem like they’re solving the problem, but they are drying out your mouth, creating an environment that can foster bacteria. Use alcohol-free.
2) Hydrogen peroxide can kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Create your own mouth rinse made of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water.
3) Either tea tree oil or peppermint (a few drops of either) on your tongue or toothbrush work wonders. Both contain powerful antibacterial properties in addition to breath freshening properties.
4) Drink plenty of water. This is a simple but effective habit to keep your mouth cleaner throughout the day.
5) Celery, carrots, and green leafy vegetables are the best snacks. The latter contain chlorophyll, which is a natural breath freshener.
If your problem is severe and chronic, see your Antioch dentist for professional advice and treatment. You may have a more serious problem that needs diagnosing.