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Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Beauty isn't all about makeup, skincare and clothes. It's also about taking care of your teeth and breath. Nothing is worse than meeting some who has stinky, bad breath. It can make even the most beautiful woman unappealing. Instead of masking your bad breath, you need to avoid it in the first place. If you realize that you have bad breath,here are some quick tips to a cure.

How do you know if you have bad breath? Do people slightly back away when you speak? To know for sure if you have bad breath, you can cup your hands over your mouth and nose, then blow outward with your mouth and immediately breathe in with your nose. You can also lick your wrist. Wait a few minutes and then smell it. If you have bad breath, take action and do something about it.

Brush your teeth
Yes, it's obvious but many people fall into the habit of only brushing their teeth once a day. Brush both morning and evening, plus after any spicy or hearty meals. Also be sure to floss regularly and brush your tongue.

Drink water
Dehydration can make bad breath stronger. Therefore, you should try to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Drinking alcohol also causes dehydration. Though it's okay to have a couple cocktails now and then, drink in moderation.

Eat a good breakfast
Everyone should start the day with a good breakfast for nutritional reasons, but it will also help your breath. Choose a whole grain cereal and fibrous fruits to help clean your tongue and mouth. Wait an hour after eating and then brush your teeth.

Stop smoking
Nothing is worse than smoker's breath. The chemicals in cigarette smoke create a coating on the tongue which causes your breath to smell like the lingering odor of stale tobacco.

Skip spicy foods
The scent of garlic and onions can linger on your breath for days, no matter how much you brush your teeth. Avoid eating lots of garlic and other spicy foods, if possible.

Chew sugar-free gum
Chewing gum isn't just to mask bad breath. It actually helps the flow of saliva, which will dilute odor-causing bacteria that cause bad breath.

Visit the dentist
Make sure you visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning. Your dentist will also be able to tell you if you have an infection, gum disease or other dental problems that are causing your bad breath.

Dental hygiene is extremely important. Beautiful women not only look good, they smell good too!

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