About half of Americans have bad breath (halitosis). Fortunately, a simple natural often is all it takes to eradicate the problem.

Several conditions may contribute to bad breath, including gum disease, degrading silver fillings, chronic dental and/or throat infections and ulcers and other digestive problems. It is important to work with your dentist to determine the cause because bad breath may indicate a bigger problem. If your dentist can’t find a problem, try these suggestions...

Take one teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants) straight or diluted in a glass of water after meals. Chlorophyll (available at most health-food stores) freshens breath immediately and supports detoxification of the digestive tract.

Many people who have bad breath have an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth, which is typically caused by certain foods, sugar, lack of good bacteria and/or infection. For these cases, I recommend rinsing with xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol found in many fruits, berries, vegetables and mushrooms. Xylitol prevents bacteria from adhering to teeth and gums. I have seen good results with a product called Spry Cool mint Oral Rinse, which should be used twice daily. A 16-ounce bottle sells for about $5.25. It is available at nrLny health-food stores and some dentists’ offices.

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