You couldn't help but to dig into that yummy garlic spread at lunch? Did you just remember about that big meeting later in the afternoon? Are you now worried about having terrible breath when talking to important members of your team?

While onions and garlic are well known for causing some ripe breath, there are a number of foods that will make you cautious of talking with others for fear of offending them with your mouth stench. But just because they cause a mean case of halitosis doesn't mean that they need to be off the menu.

While there are plenty of foods that cause bad breath, there are a number of things you can munch on that will relieve it too!

Here are a few bad breath battlers:

Fruits – Apples, pears, oranges, melons and berries are all great for curing bad breath because they generate saliva in the mouth that washes away the smelly bacteria. Also, some fruits are rich in Vitamin C, which helps combat gum disease and keeps bacteria counts in check.
Herbs – Parsley, mint, cilantro, cinnamon, eucalyptus and tarragon are all really powerful herbs that can be used to freshen your breath. The oils found in these plants coat your tongue and throat to alleviate bad breath at the source. (This is also why spearmint gum works like a charm!)
Nuts – Almonds and other tree nuts work really well to clean your mouth, as their abrasiveness due to the fiber they contain allows them to act as a toothbrush would.
Tea – "Green tea contains catechin, a powerful antioxidant that can fend off bacteria — remember, bacteria causes the unwanted odor," writes Everyday Health.
Yogurt – The live cultures that exist in yogurt reduce bad breath. Whether it is by simply coating the bacteria in your mouth or overpowering them with the good bacteria found in yogurt, eating it as a snack can help reduce foul smelling breath.

If you suffer from chronic halitosis, or have other mouth problems, visit a NYC orthodontist like the ones here at Upper Eastside Orthodontists.

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