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8 Ways to Hack Bad Breath

Ordering extra onions on your lunchtime hoagie seemed harmless enough at the time -- until you remembered that 1 p.m. client meeting.

Fortunately, there are ways to hack your stinky breath -- eight of them, in fact. It's all about knowing which foods can counteract the odors produced by other foods. Here's a sampling:

Lemons Lemons are great at neutralizing garlic odor on your hands and they also do wonders at killing your bad breath as well. If you are going to drink sparkling water, why not add a slice of lemon to help deal with your bad breath.

Apples Think of apples as a natural toothbrush for your mouth. You see when you chew an apple it produces quite a bit of saliva production and the combination with the high fiber content of apples will help cleanse your mouth.

Other options include parsley, mint, and cinnamon sticks -- all of which, let's face it, are hard to come by around the office.

Personally, I remain a fan of strong mints and/or gum, though I'd rather have no odor on my breath than, say, overwhelming peppermint.

What about you? Do you have any bad-breathing-fighting secrets? If so, share 'em in the comments. In the meantime, if you know someone with a breath problem and want a kind, anonymous way to tell him about it, check out NiceCritic.