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16 Nov

New Natural Bad Breath Cure Also Relieves Stress (Plus Bad Breath Tips)

Magnolia bark extract is a traditional Chinese medicine that alleviates fever, headache, and stress. Recent research has also shown that magnolia bark nixes the germs that lead to ulcers. Now, magnolia bark extract has been shown to be effective against bad breath, as well!

When Wrigley researchers added the extract to gum, trial chewers experienced fresher breath. This natural antibacterial treatment works by killing the bacteria behind most bad breath. The actual source of bad breath – outside of your wild nights with garlic – is the sulfur that results as a byproduct of bacteria breaking down proteins in the mouth.

Tips to Tame That Dragon:

1. First, proper dental care. Brushing after meals is important, but flossing is essential, too.

2. Avoid sweets and soda. Sugars and stickiness = recipe for bad breath bacteria.

3. Drink water with your meals and throughout the day to purify your mouth.

4. Follow sensible, healthy living habits: exercise, get plenty of sleep, don’t smoke, and manage stress.

5. Invest in a tongue scraper (they’re only a few dollars).

6. If you have persistent bad breath, go to the doctor and the dentist to ensure you don’t have an underlying health condition or dental decay.

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  1. I wonder if this would help when I’m burning fat? The only time my fiancee says my breath smells is when I know I’m burning fat. I can smell the difference in the smell of the urine (don’t think sick, you can definitely smell it when using a urinal). My scale also measures all the markers and verifies I’m losing fat when I lose muscle or maintain, she can never smell anything.

    Joe Matasic wrote on November 16th, 2007
  2. Hi Joe,

    Magnolia bark seems to target at the anaerobic bacteria in your mouth.

    The bad breath you get when losing weight is due to the chemical, ketone, in your body. As such, I do not think Magnolia bark will help in your case.

    Instead I will suggest that you drink lots of water during this period of weight loss.

    reader wrote on November 27th, 2007
  3. I have read that a little bit of salt sprinkled on your tongue and a quick bit of sticking out your tongue and then using your upper teeth as a makeshift scraper will work in a pinch as well.

    Chas wrote on May 6th, 2008
  4. regarding tip number 3, i was under the impression that its best to drink water around 20 mins before or after eating a meal, rather than during the meal, as that caused problems with the digestive process, in particular, diluting down the digestive juices, enzymes etc.

    bryan uk wrote on April 9th, 2013

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