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Bad Breath Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Bad Breath

Bad Breath, also known as Halitosis, is a condition almost everyone has experienced some time in their life. A simple way to check for bad breath is to cup your hands over your mouth and nose, give a puff as if blowing into a balloon, and then quickly sniff your breath. If you have bad breath, you will be able to tell based on the smell.

In most cases, bad breath is not serious, but it can lead to significant embarrassment and self-consciousness. In rare situations, halitosis can be a sign of a more serious problem. Therefore, if you have tried all of our bad breath remedies without any success, it is best to see your doctor or dentist to make sure there is not some more serious cause.

Causes of Bad Breath

Almost everything we put into our mouth, particulary food and drink, can make it smell less pleasant. For the majority of people, the most frequent cause of bad breath is associated with bacteria that live in the mouth, particularly on the tongue. This bacteria can build-up as a result of poor oral hygiene and a lack of flossing.

The most common triggers of Bad Breath include:

  • food, particulary those high in protein
  • not eating breakfast
  • smoking
  • antihistamines and other drugs or medications
  • sinus problems
  • mouth sores
  • tooth infections or gum disease (gingivitis)
  • stress
  • dehydration
  • significant talking
  • zinc deficiency
  • gastrointestinal disorders (indigestion or stomach problems)
  • serious illnesses such as cancer, tuberculosis, or syphillis

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Bad Breath

Bad Breath Home Remedy Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has recently been used as an effective mouthwash that provides long-lasting relief from bad breath. Simply dilute 1/2 tablespoon of the vinegar into a glass of water and gargle it in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time.

Bad Breath Home Remedy Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is a fantastic remedy for bad breath, since it changes the pH (acidity) level in your mouth, which results in a less friendly environment for odor-causing bacteria. Simply add some baking soda onto your toothbrush, brush with it, and then rinse with water. Another option is to purchase toothpastes that already contain a small amount of baking soda. It is also important to brush the top of your tongue with your toothbrush every morning, since this helps dislodge many odorous particles that contribute to bad breath.

Herbal Remedy for Bad Breath with Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil, is a natural cure for bad breath when used as a toothpaste additive. Simply add a drop of the oil to your toothpaste right before you brush.

You can also create a Tea Tree Oil mouthwash by adding 3 drops of the oil to a cup of warm water. Gargle this solution two to three times a day, preferably after each meal.

NOTE: It is important that you always spit out the Tea Tree Oil mouthwash or toothpaste. Never swallow it.

Natural Remedy for Bad Breath Using Citrus Fruits

Bad breath is often simply the result of a dry mouth. If this is the case, simply eating a citrus fruit that is high in citric acid (such as an orange, lemon, or grapefruit) can help improve your breath significantly. The acid in such fruits stimulates the saliva, which helps suppress some of the odor-causing bacteria. At the same time, the tangy taste of such fruits leaves the mouth smelling fresh.

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  1. on said:

    Nora g - for bad breath and teeth whitening, you normally brush your teeth as usual and then put a big pinch of baking soda onto your brush or dip your brush in baking soda powder and brush the teeth with it. It works better, if you can leave the baking soda on for a little bit before rinsing it.

  2. on said:

    Hi carol. Thanks for the information. How do you use the baking soda? Do you mix the baking soda with water and rinse?

  3. on said:

    I used baking soda everyday after brushing my teeth, not only it get rids of the bad breath but also makes your teeth shine. My friends noticed too and asked me where do I go for teeth whitening and how much does it cost. I also used salt for gingivitis or mixed it with baking soda. It does work! Try it guys.

  4. on said:

    Try drinking Cranberry Juice, the 100% pure juice. It is very good for urinary tract infections.

  5. on said:

    My teeth are too stained and yellow so I use baking soda - can it cause any problem?

  6. on said:

    For bad breath use baking soda with lemon juice to gargle your mouth and throat. When gargling do it atleast 3 times then put some mix on your toothbrush to clean your teeth too. You will see the difference. Try this once daily and your bad breath will go away and your teeth will become pearly white too. Also mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink daily.

  7. on said:

    @ghazala, try giving her a pinch of ajwain with some water or juice twice daily. And ask her not to chew on the seeds and just swallow them with water because they can be spicy. Also make sure she brushes and flosses her teeth well. Hope it helps!

  8. on said:

    mare 7th years ki daughter hai jis k mouth say bohat smell ate hai. Dr say bhe bat ky but kuch time k bad phir wohe hal ho jata hai.

  9. on said:

    Guys, try drinking apple cider vinegar mixed water for a few weeks. Mix 1/2 tsp of any organic or Braggs Apple Cider vinegar and a pinch of salt in a big cold glass of water and drink it daily. It helps balance the PH levels. My daughter sometimes have very strong bad breath and I noticed that giving her 1/4 tsp of organic celery seeds, noticeably helps. So I think try the Apple Cider Vinegar and celery seeds remedies together. Celery seeds can be found in herbal food stores or in Indian grocery stores under the label of Ajvain Seeds.
    Also brushing with baking soda or tea tree oil and drinking lots of water helps too. Staying hungry for too long makes it worst so make a habit of eating small portions of food more often ( eating something at least every 2 hours helps)
    To #Benufsha, the girl who's getting married, don't be nervous, bad breath is a health condition and it is part of life. If you have it for 13 years, it is probably due to some stomach/digestive problem. Try these remedies and stay calm!
    Good luck!

  10. on said:

    I have had bad breath since I was 13 (now 26). I became tired of chewing gum and hiding my mouth by putting my hand over it during talking. I'm in Afghanistan. I don't know what should I do? I'm left thinking about my wedding because I'm afraid of being insulted.
    Please help me.

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