Bad Breath

Poor oral hygiene is one of the major causes of having bad breath, but we don’t always have to point out oral hygiene as the root cause because sometimes bad breath is one of the symptoms of a much bigger health issues. This could be a symptom of a disease in our digestive system or respiratory system. When we have conditions inside our body, they can be determined through our body’s excretion and sometimes, having a foul smelling breath could be one of them.

If it’s the cause of a poor oral hygiene, symptoms are just minimal. These are:

  • bad breath through the mouth and sometimes from the nose
  • swelling or sometimes bleeding gums
  • yellow teeth with appearances of tartar
  • mouth sores
  • oral thrush

woman smelling her mouth for bad breath
As your dentist will always remind you to brush your teeth at least three times a day, this doesn’t always treat bad breath. We sometimes need to do extra effort to keep our breath smelling fresh all the time because when someone will say to you that you have a stinky or bad breath, or say that “go brush your teeth”, the feeling could be very embarrassing and could give you low self-esteem to speak or to communicate with other people. Having bad breath can affect you psychologically.

Here are 10 Effective Solution and Home Remedies for Bad Breath

If brushing your teeth isn’t enough, here are some home remedies to cure your stinky breath. Hold off chemical-based mouthwash for now as it can leave harmful effects and burning sensation on your mouth. Try these natural ways and see the results through a fresh smelling breath all the time. Bring back your self-esteem through these simple solutions.

1. Flossing

You know for yourself that brushing along will not completely clean your entire mouth. Sometimes there are still little pieces of food that could get stuck in between teeth. These bits of food can cause foul smell when not removed. Bacteria can also hide on the spaces of the teeth. Flossing is the best way to get rid of them as the strand can fit the spaces in between teeth that a toothbrush bristle can’t. Make sure to keep one handy at all times and floss your teeth after brushing.

2. Scraping/Cleaning the tongue

The mouth and tongue is a good place for bacterial growth because of its texture and the warm temperature. It is recommended that when you brush your teeth, you also include your tongue, but of course there are still traces of dirt and bacteria that brushing and gargling may not be able to take away.

It is important that you keep a tongue scraping tool at home so you could scrape and clean your mouth when necessary. This doesn’t need to be done all the time as it could injure your tongue in the long run. Just scrape off excess dirt when you see it necessary to do so.

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3. Always eat fruits and vegetables

There is a saying that “you are what you eat”. If we always consume meat-based products it will eventually come out from us in the form of our excretion which also affects our scent. If you are a frequent eater of fruits and vegetables your scent wouldn’t become as smelly as when you eat meat-based foods.

More so, fruits and vegetables are great in cleaning our digestive system. Fiber rich fruits and veggies like oranges, papaya, apples, avocado, and green leafy veggies can clean your stomach from the waste by promoting proper digestion. These wastes help lessen the foul odor coming from the mouth.

Mixed fruits and vegetables at organic fair to fight bad breath

4. Probiotics

Our body needs good bacteria to fight off infections and promotes proper digestions. Probiotics are like perfumes of our digestive system. It helps get rid of bad breath overpowering the bad bacteria and aid in the good digestion of our body.

5. Drinking plenty of water

Dry mouth cause by lack of moisture from not having enough liquids in the body can cause bad breath. Drinking 2 to 3 liters of water every day helps restore the body’s moisture and proper saliva production in the mouth. Furthermore when our body is well-hydrated, it promotes proper blood circulation. When everything is in proper order, that simply means all our system is functioning properly including our respiratory and digestive system that can sometimes cause bad breath when triggered by infections.

6. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is known for its distinct smell. This is used as a spice to provide a different taste on some of the food we eat, but it also provides an attractive aroma. Other than the smell of cinnamon, this spice contains an essential oil that helps in reducing bad breath as well as the bacteria in our mouth.

You can make a cinnamon mixture as mouthwash by simply mixing a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of boiled water. Stir until the cinnamon powder has been completely dissolved. Gargle the solution whenever you need to freshen up your breath.
cinnamon sticks tied on a rope and bottle of honey on the side

7. Parsley

Parsley leaves and stem contains good amount of chlorophyll, a substance found in the leaves of plants. Chlorophyll is considered as an internal body deodorant. To get the benefits of chlorophyll form parsley, just chew it off directly or dip it in vinegar and eat. You can also make a parsley smoothie by putting a bunch of properly washed parsley in a juicer. You just have to consume the juice immediately to retain its freshness.

8. Lemon juice

The scent of the lemon is used by companies in their cleaning products to neutralize odor. This logic applies as well when we drink fresh lemon juice. It cleanses our body and at the same time neutralizes the body’s odor. This has been used for many generations and has been proven effective. Simply add a tablespoon of lemon extract to a cup of water, gargle or drink directly. You can also eat a sliced lemon to consume the extract.

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9. Baking Soda

These days, the use of baking soda has become very popular not only in the field of baking and pastries but also in cleaning solutions. Baking soda when mixed with warm water and salt makes a good mouthwash solution that helps clean the mouth and teeth and helps in reducing smelly breath. It also fights off bacteria and helps retain the acid levels of the mouth.

Aside from mouthwash, you can also make a baking soda paste by adding a few drops of water to a teaspoon of baking soda. You can use the paste to brush your teeth. Aside from cleaning and deodorizing, baking soda paste can also help whiten your teeth.

Jar and spoonful of baking soda for multiple holistic usages

10. Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar when consumed, aids in maintaining proper ph balance in our digestive system. Acid can cause bad breath, and when our acid level is in control, bad breath caused by acid in our stomach can also be controlled. You may add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a clean glass of water and drink it before meals. You may also use this as mouthwash by adding a teaspoon to a cup of water. Apple cider vinegar is also used by some people who undergo weight control program.

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Gii Santos

Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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