Top 10 natural ways to get rid of bad breath
Bad breath can be really unpleasant for you and those around you and can be number one deal breaker with your dates. Sometimes the poor oral hygiene isn’t the main reason for bad breath, but the problem can be found in the digestive system, food stuck in your tonsils, caries, coated tongue, diabetes or even poor diet. Ulcers, sore throat, dry mouth or sinusitis can also cause terrible breath. If chewing gums or breath sprays aren’t enough for you, keep reading and you may find out some natural solutions to your problem.
1 Good oral hygiene
This means that you will have to spend some more minutes brushing your teeth. But, that is not enough. Don’t forget the dental floss – it cleans better than the brush does and this way you can always be sure that you cleaned even the most unreachable places. Besides flossing, don’t forget to clean your tongue. Either do it with the rubber back of your toothbrush or get a tongue scraper. Make sure to scrap the tongue from the root all the way down. Be gentle while scraping.
Keeping your mouth and intestines well hydrated is crucial if you are trying to get rid of the bad breath. Start in the morning when you are cleaning your mouth – don’t forget to swish and gargle with fresh water. It is highly recommendable to drink some water after you finish your morning oral hygiene. During the day don’t forget your 8 glasses of water.
Replacing your toothbrush with new one every two to three months and every time after you were sick is extremely important. The toothbrush is heaven for bacteria and using it longer than a couple of months can seriously damage your oral health and can be a serious reason for bad breath. This way you are just transporting the bacteria from your old toothbrush to your mouth. The same goes for tongue scrapers.
Chewing fresh parsley is a natural and folk remedy for bad breath. Back in time when people didn’t have plethora of chewing gums or breath refreshments, parsley was the solution. Some people hate its taste, but it is quite helpful (it can even neutralize the smell of spicy foods or garlic). Basil, cilantro or mint have the same effect.
5 Baking soda
Besides it is recommended as natural whitener for your teeth, baking soda can be also helpful for bad breath. There are two ways to use the baking soda – you can either add a teaspoon in a glass of warm water and then gargle in order to kill the bacteria in your mouth. This way you will neutralize the smell in your mouth. Also, you can put some baking soda on your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it. This way you will lower the acidity in your mouth and prevent bacteria overgrowth on your tongue.
The cinnamic aldehyde found in the cinnamon is an essential oil that is another natural remedy that prevents the overgrowth of bacteria in your saliva and is a good way to refresh your breath. Add a tablespoon of powder cinnamon in a cup of water and boil it. You can add some bay leaves if you wish. Then strain the liquid and use it as a mouth rinse.
7 Lemon juice
Its acidic content is natural killer of the bad mouth bacteria that can be found in your saliva, or on your tongue and gums. You can either drink freshly squeezed lemon juice (don’t add sugar) every day, or you can add one tablespoon of lemon juice into a glass of water and then use it as a mouth rinse. For dry mouth add some salt in this mix and rinse your mouth before going to bed.
8 Quit smoking
We don’t need to go on and on how bad smoking is for your general health. Tobacco leaves terrible smell and taste in your mouth, no matter how strong mints and gums you are using (not to mention that it kills your taste sense). Bad breath is the least dangerous outcome you can get from smoking. Just think of the oral or lung cancer. Quit smoking today.
This fruit is recommended as the healthy and natural way to keep your teeth strong, whiter and your breath fresher. An apple a day keeps the doctor away and keeps your oral health good. Don’t exclude apples from your diet.
10 Salt water gargle
This is the best combination for killing bacteria that is stick on your throat and your tonsils. This is especially good when you have mildly sore throat – you will prevent the health of your throat and would get rid of the bacteria that cause you bad breath. Just stir a teaspoon or two in a glass of water and gargle. It can be pretty strong and unpleasant, but it’s for the best. Do not swallow the salty water!