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Home Remedies for Bad Breath – 7 Natural Treatments

Mike Barrett
February 21st, 2013
Updated 05/21/2014 at 12:53 am
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breath 265x165 Home Remedies for Bad Breath 7 Natural TreatmentsBad breath, medically known as halitosis, can be an extremely embarrassing problem. The issue isn’t a serious one, but it could leave you feeling dirty, uncomfortable, self-conscious, or even socially isolated. With Americans spending upwards of $6.7 billion total on mouth freshening products in 2007, it is no surprise to find out that bad breath is the 3rd top reason for seeking dental aid. But you’ll be happy to find out that artificial mouth freshening products simply aren’t necessary, that there are many home remedies for bad breath that can be taken advantage of.

Primary Causes

Bad breath is an issue with many causes as well as many solutions. The primary cause of bad breath is overall poor dental hygiene, but there are other certainly other causes to consider. Here are the main reasons you may be experiencing bad breath:

  • Poor dental hygiene – plaque, rotting food in between the teeth, gum disease
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Cavities
  • Acid reflux
  • Dentures
  • Eating certain foods
  • Tobacco
  • Medication
  • Diabetes

The issue of bad breath may seem trivial, and it likely is at first, but it could lead to numerous other problems you simply won’t want to deal with. Luckily, there are many natural ways to get rid of bad breath naturally. If you want to go a different route than artificial mouth freshening products, try utilizing one or more of the home remedies for bad breath listed below.

Home Remedies for Bad Breath

  • Brush Your Teeth – It is essential for most people to brush regularly (preferably with fluoride-free toothpaste) not only to wipe away bad breath, but to maintain oral health. Brushing at least twice a day will help to reduce plaque buildup and reduce any chances of developing gum disease. Brushing with a split mixture of Himalayan salt and baking soda can be especially effective. Brush your tongue along with your teeth.
  • Floss – Along with brushing, flossing is another important step in maintaining oral health and subsequently reducing the chance for bad breath. These are basic tips, but important ones nonetheless. Try to make a habit by always flossing after you brush your teeth at the end of the day. Some people will see a notable difference in oral health in a just one week.
  • Oil Pulling - By engaging in an activity known as oil pulling, which involves swishing oil around in your mouth, you can boost oral health and kill bacteria in your mouth. It may not be  a great short-term solution, but it’s certainly an interesting long-term solution to consider. and even whiten your teeth. The process is also used as one of many teeth whitening home remedies.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – It may seem odd, but many people attest to apple cider vinegar’s ability to rid bad breath away. Just mix a tablespoon of ACV in some water and use it as a mouthwash, gargling for 10 seconds at a time.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – One of the most popular home remedies for bad breath, hydrogen peroxide is one of the top solutions on Earthclinic. Simply mix 3 parts 3% hydrogen peroxide with 5 parts water and use the mixture as a mouthwash. Some have found mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to be a solutions as well. The effect should last much longer than typical mouthwash. (Note: It is recommended to replace mercury fillings before using hydrogen peroxide, as mercury may be leached with use).
  • Parsley – A bacteria-killing compound found in parsley chlorophyll is great for handling unwanted bacteria in the mouth. Just chew some parsley leaves or nibble on a sprig to get rid of bad breath.
  • Fennel seeds - Fennel seeds not only add a desirable odor to your breath, but they also prevent overgrowth of bacteria by alkalizing saliva. Further, these seeds are super easy to carry while out of the house or traveling.

Other Tips to Get Rid of Bad Breath

  • Avoid certain foods or drinks if you don’t want your breath to smell at a specific time. Foods include onions, garlic, coffee, beer, wine, whiskey, and cheese.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth.
  • Supplement with zinc. Zinc helps maintain a clean mouth.
  • Tea tree oil. Just place some drops of tea tree oil on your toothbrush along with your toothpaste. Alternatively, coat your floss in tea tree oil.
  • Using equal parts of sage, calendula, and myrrh extracts, create a mixture and gargle with the mixture four times daily. Keep the mixture tightly sealed in a container.
  • Take probiotics and shift to a healthy diet. A deficiency in beneficial flora in your gut could be the cause of bad breath.
  • Use organic mint

As always, remember to share which solutions you use to get rid of bad breath, as well as which home remedies for bad breath haven’t worked for you.

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About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Home Remedies for Bad Breath 7 Natural Treatments Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • Al

    My dentist always told me to floss BEFORE brushing. What’s changed?

  • alansmith15

    wow…this are great home remedies for halitosis! i'm sure it will help a lot of people who are suffering from this embarrassing condition. thank you for sharing this information.

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  • Dave

    Get off of sugars, processed foods, and especially stay away from fast food restaurants such as McDonalds type burgers with sodas. They will all contribute to a fermented intestine that ends up as bad breath. Eat natural Organic foods you prepare at home. Take probiotics. Bad breath is related to a poor diet…enought said.

  • Lisa Evens

    I have had bad breath, lost my job due to it. Tried to find a new job but it's very hard once you stink up the office. I had tonsil stones and awful bad breath. My friend told me to check Oraltech Labs as it got rid of his bad breath and his post nasal drip. I've been following Oraltech Labs bad breath cure program for about 2 weeks now and I feel much better, also people are not avoiding me anymore so it seems to have cured my bad breath as well:-)

    • laura m.

      LIsa: I had infected tonsils as a teen, had them out at 22, then recovery was slow. Now laser is done and you're home same day. See an ENT doctor; why go around with infected tonsils and taking antibiotics like some do.

  • Elaine

    My dentist told me that Apple Cider Vinegar will damage the tooth enamel —- same for lemon juice.

  • Meals

    Make sure you are using a natural floss… not one made of nylon and covered in teflon.

  • Ted Fundy

    These are great great suggestions. Another one that I might add for garlic breath is to drink milk with your garlic laced meal and you will notice a great improvement ….or should I say everyone else will notice.

    • cpmt

      In Spain garlic and parley go together. parsley helps with bad breath. also eating apples.