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
- antihistamines and other drugs or medications
- sinus problems
- mouth sores
- tooth infections or gum disease (gingivitis)
- 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. Also drinking a glass of water with 1/2 tsp of organic ACV in the morning may help balance the acidity levels in the stomach which is often one of the causes of bad breath.
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.
1A study shows that a group of participants who followed an oral hygiene routine of brushing their teeth, followed by tongue scraping and using a mouthwash had significantly reduced bad breath after 7 days. Therefor, maintaining a routine of brushing, flossing, tongue scraping and use of a good anti-bacterial mouthwash may help with bad breath.
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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Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for being so brave and candid about this; I too have had to deal with this 'illness' most of my life and know first hand how debilitating it is specially in social circles. I will definitely follow your researched advises. Again thank you.
I have a friend who suffered from bad breath and we discovered Cocobaci Oil Pulling sachets helped him with the bad breath. It also have added benefits of improving your dental and physical health and whitening your teeth. You should try it!
Wow, wow!! Thank you all for the information. I have bad breath for 9 year now and I've tried everything I came across but nothing works. I'm now taking soda and lime and will definitely be trying these suggestions and remedies.
Hope this helps someone looking for bad breath remedies. Understand that commercial products only mask, or worsen the problem. Chronic bad breath can only be cured if you understand the underlying root cause.
SO WHAT TO DO
1) Check with your dentist to rule out any oral health issues.
2) Check with your doctor to rule out any disease/infection which may be causing it.
- Get all your cavities fixed. Get a thorough teeth cleaning done since bad oral hygiene could be the cause of bad breath. The worst smell is in the crypts and on the tongue. Floss and scrape everyday. Brush your teeth twice daily. Change and keep your brush clean. Tonsil stones, allergies, or nasal congestion and postnasal drip can also cause it. Nasal irrigation is God sent - it helps.
If according to the doctors you are healthy. Remember, the reason you have bad breath, is because you are eating things your body can't digest. Indigestion also promote bb. Difficulties in digestion are usually due to imbalanced gut-flora (flora is responsible to digest food and protect from infections). Long term use of antibiotics or unhealthy foods, stress, or low stomach acid may cause this imbalance. When the body can't "clean" itself properly due to imbalanced flora it causes bad smell. Note, it can develop over time, even if you could digest it perfectly before. Only proper DIET rebuilds the gut flora and cures bb. It's a boring answer, but it's the truth. ELIMINATE one of the foods (mentioned below) for 1 week. And notice how you react. Continue to the next food, and so on. Soon you will know what food was the bad guy! 1) GLUTEN. 2) MEAT. 3) MILK. 4) SUGARS.
If you manage to find the "bad guy" food, discontinue its consumption, and you will find relief within 2-3 days.
The reason we fail to cure bb, is because many of us live in societies where it is difficult to eat natural foods. People who eat organic and fresh, usually, do not have bb, not chronically. Please understand this!! The body is natural and it can only metabolize natural substances. Try to eat organic foods only (no additives, msg, GMO etc.). A goal should be to only use organic toothpaste and rinse with salt water. Eat foods that help promote good gut-flora with probiotics - kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented foods may help. Add good probiotics into your diet (not all work). Also enzymes and HCL helps with digestion. Use them TEMPORARILY and in recommended dose. Also ACV, and ginger with meals are good for digestion. Drink water in between meals. Eliminating sugar helps - it is only hard the first 2 weeks. Gluten - free is good for everyone. Gluten destroys the gut- lining. All diseases come from nutrient deficiency or toxin overload in the body. That is why a healthy diet is crucial. Not only for bb, but for overall health. A good diet will help with everything else too. Hopefully this helps!
Which probiotics should I buy because I heard there are many types? Please help.
@ Top - What brand probiotics are you using?
Thanks for the advice and all your research, I will use these remedies and get rid of fecal bb once and for all, I'm 27 and been dealing with it since 17 now! And I've done plenty of research and have followed plenty of remedies but nothing worked. But your comment and advice makes perfect sense. I will be trying this for sure! Thanks
Baking soda is available at any store. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar works for me for bad breath!! Try it.
Background â€“ Fecal Bad Breath started in high school. Now, I'm 22 - in last year of college. I've been suffering from it for about 7 years. Took a lot of antibiotics during pre-teen and teen years. I believe this is what impaired my immune and digestive system. Was treated for H pylori and Acid Reflux in late teens but it didnâ€™t help with Fecal BB. I feel your pain â€“ I have experienced the same things you are experiencing. My Fecal BB could fill up a room. The 'who farted' comments, the 'it smells like shit', people opening windows, covering noses etc. I, however, never had Nasal BB or Body odor, it was only Fecal BB when I talked. I have pretty much spent the last years of my life not talking to people other than family. School has been very tough but I'm proud of myself for hanging in there. Nothing helped - I have tried it all - Threelac, Therabreath, Tri oral, Cholorphyll, etc. You name it â€“ I have tried it. My room is like a mini pharmacy. I have been treated for acid reflux, H pylori, and nothing helped. Other symptoms â€“ Constant bloating and cramps, IBS â€“ constipation, heartburn, bad skin, white tongue etc. Chronic infections â€“ I would always get a sore throat and painful earache whenever I binged on sugary/junk foods. Breakthrough:
I decided a few months ago that I would try EXTREMELY hard to cure this problem for once and for all, and do whatever it takes. I spent hours each day doing research. Learning as much as possible, reading all the success stories. A major breakthrough was realizing that even though it was chronic, it was much worse at certain times than others. Which got me thinking hard and realizing that the times it was worse, was when I had eaten Red Meat, Dairy, Eggs or Beans. This was a major breakthrough and eliminating these foods have been key, as well as doing other things. Towards the beginning of my diet, I also eliminated Fish and Chicken but I have added them back recently and still no Fecal BB. Candida? - I was starting to doubt that Candida was a real problem because nothing I took for it worked and the diet seemed impossible. Then I remembered reading that someone cured their odor by taking a really large dosage of probiotics. They experienced die off symptoms and their odor went away. This person had fecal BO, not BB. But I decided to try it too, I took triple the dosage of a good probiotic, and, boy oh boy, did I experience die off symtoms! It felt like a really bad hangover, Bad headache/dizziness but it went away after a few days and I have had such a different/cleaner taste in my mouth since then. I am now a believer in Candida/yeast overgrowth.
Steps to Take:
1) STOP Right away Right now â€“ ALL Dairy, Red Meat, Eggs and Beans (As well as any high sulfur/ smelly foods) 2) If Candida/yeast is a problem â€“ Stop All sugars, junk food and Alcohol. 3) Probiotics â€“ Find a good probiotic, and take double or triple the dosage. Use what you feel is effective for you. Our digestive systems are in much worse conditions than others so our bodies require more. Remember the BB is a symptom. 4) Constipation â€“ Work towards becoming more regular. You want to have at least 1 bowel movement a day. Taking blended flaxseed with some fruit and drinking lots of water has helped in keeping me regular. Plus it is important to regularly flush out all the toxins in your body. 5) Supplements â€“ Take Calcium/Magnesium, Zinc, B Complex, Niacin, Double dosage of Vitamin C, and Biotin is said to help with Candida. 6) Digestive Enzymes â€“ are a must. We need help with digesting foods so itâ€™s a good idea to take this with every meal. 7) Anti-fungal â€“ If Candida/yeast is a problem take a form of anti-fungal in either Grape Seed Extract, Garlic, Pau Dâ€™arco etc. I personally drink the Pau Dâ€™arco tea. Now Iâ€™m Fecal BB Free, I'm able to talk to people, make new friends, and go out. The people who used to cover their noses now get in my face with zero reactions. Itâ€™s SURREAL.
My conclusion is - our digestive system is significantly impaired and is the main cause of the Fecal BB. While I do not know exactly how or why it causes this problem in some people, I do believe that resolving the problem by putting back Good bacteria, killing yeast overgrowth, using digestive enzymes and regularizing bowel moments will help cure this problem. I didn't want to believe Candida was a real problem either but I now do. But I noticed I ALWAYS suffered from sore throats and ear infections within 24 hour of binging on junk foods. The constant bloating and cramping has now 100% stopped. I even binged on some junk foods a few days ago and I experienced zero discomfort. Please let me know if you have any questions. There is hope out there for every single one of us. Keep believing and know that God is ALWAYS faithful. I cry and feel hurt sometimes thinking about all the lost years, never going to prom, etc. but I'm just VERY grateful to have my life back and to be able to start LIVING a life.