In an attempt to identify "bad breath cures" used by web surfers, I posted the following set of nine questions:
1. How did you learn you had bad breath? Did someone tell you? If so, who?
2. Was your breath problem situational (from certain foods), occasional (morning breath, for example), or chronic (always bad)?
3. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most horrible breath possible, how bad was yours?
4. Did you seek professional help (dentist, doctor, breath clinic)? If so, from whom did you seek help?
5. What kind of treatment did you receive, or what was recommended?
6. Did you ask anyone else for advice (family, friends)? Who was it? What advice did they give you?
7. Did you use commercially-available products to fight your bad breath? If so, what did you use? Did they work?
8. Did you use a home remedy to fight your bad breath? If so, what was it? Did it work?
9. Do you still have bad breath? If yes, tell me what you plan to try next. If no, tell me how you know for sure that you no longer have bad breath.
I received the following reponses from people eager
to describe their "bad breath cures." The amazing thing is how many of
those who responded are convinced they no longer have a breath problem.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 1
I knew I had bad breath because my husband told me. Fortunately, it was caused by certain foods, so I didn't have it all the time. When I did have it, it was about a 3 on a scale of 1 - 5. I didn't seek professional help because my husband is a doctor. I changed my diet, eating less protein and more fruit and vegetables every day.
I did not ask anyone else for advice, nor did I use any commercially-available products. I just changed my diet, which worked just fine. Occasionally, I still get bad breath. Now, however, my husband tells me my breath's a lot fresher.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 2
I learned about my breath problem from my mom. The problem is situational and stems from eating a lot of garlic. On a scale of 1 - 5, I'd rate my garlic breath as a 2. No, I did not seek professional help, nor did I ask anyone else for advice. I fight it with Crest mouth rinse and TicTacs. They worked fine. I did not use a home remedy. My bad breath is gone because I stopped eating garlic. Just to be sure,I asked my mom. She said I do not have bad breath any longer.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 3
Nobody told me, but I could tell that I had bad breath. It was mainly situational, morning breath. It was about a 3 on a scale of 1 - 5. No professional help was needed. I just brushed my teeth and scraped my tongue. I asked friends for advice. They suggested I brush my teeth, use mouthwash beforehand, and that I scrape my tongue. I did use some commercially-available products. Bactine mouthwash is AMAZING! I did try one home remedy. I used baking soda to brush my teeth with, but it didn't work very well. I do still have some bad breath in the mornings, but it is considerably less horrible than it was before.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 4
My girlfriend told me I have bad breath. It was situational from me always eating Garlic. On a scale of 1 - 5, the answer would have to be a 5. I did not seek professional help. I just stopped eating whole fresh Garlic. My girlfriend told me to stop eating whole fresh Garlic. I did not ask for advice other than doing a search on the www for why people crave Garlic. There were several things including cancer that came up in the search results. I have not seen a doctor. I did not use any commercially-available products, I just stopped eating the Garlic. I have chewed mint leaves to help with bad breath, but that's the only home remedy I've tried. I do not still have bad breath. My girlfriend would tell me if I did, so I do know for sure that I do not have bad breath.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 5
I could smell it myself. That's how I knew I had bad breath. It was pretty chronic for a few days. I'd have to rate it a 5. I went to the Doctor because I was sick, too. The doctor said I had the flu, and that the bad breath would go away. He told me to use some mouth wash. I asked my mom for advice. I asked her what kind of mouthwash to buy as I usually do not use it. She told me to get Listerine. I bought and used the Listerine, and it sort of helped, but I was burping, and then I would have bad breath again. So I'd use the Listerine again. It was a cycle, I tell you. Ha! I did not use any home remedies, I just used the Listerine. Sometimes, I guess I still have bad breath, and I still buy the Listerine, Minty flavor.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 6
I was told by a friend at work that I had bad breath. It seems that it was a chronic problem. My breath was about a 3 on the scale. I did not seek professional help. Instead, I went on a quest to find a better toothpaste and mouthwash. I discovered a mouth rinse called Tri-Oral. That’s the only treatment I’ve sought. I also asked my grandmother for advice. She always seems to have natural cures and home remedies. I tried/used Listerine, Scope, and Cepacol until I found Tri-Oral. The first three worked for limited amounts of time. The last one works for 12-18 hours. I have actually tried chewing on mint leaves and cloves. That was my grandmother’s suggested home remedy. I no longer have bad breath. I know this because I went back to the friend that initially told me about it and did the “breath test” as a joke. That was months ago. I’ve received no more complaints or fingers over the nostrils since then.
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Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 7
I realized it myself, initially. Then a guy at school would remind me more often than I liked. The bad breath was occasional, happening especially if I had been hungry for a while. On a scale of one to five, I would say it was between 1.5 and 2. I did not seek professional help, nor did I ask anyone else for advice. I did not use any commercial products. I wouldn't call it a home remedy, but I started using floss and brushing my teeth before going to sleep. I don't have bad breath anymore. I would smell it if I did, and no one has held their nose, either.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 8
Just smelling it myself. 2. occasional...from morning breath or upset stomach. 3. 3 4. No 5. I began to use a mouthwash at least 3 times a day. 6. Yes...mother...she suggested the mouthwash. 7. yes..I tried listorine...too strong...and settled with a store brand. 8. no 0. no...I have asked friends and family...and they have verified that my breath is fine.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 9
My boyfriend told me I had bad breath. I had it in the morning and after eating certain foods. On a scale of 1-5, it was a 3. I did not seek professional help from a dentist or doctor. I didn't ask my friends or family for advice either. A commercial product that really helped me is those Listerine tabs that melt on your tongue. I didn't use any home remedies. I still have breath problems and will keep using Listerine tabs.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 10
Someone close to me told me I had a problem. Plus, I could tell it from the look on others' faces. I usually got it from certain foods or woke up with it in the morning. It was a 3. I didn't see a professional or ask anyone else for advice. I didn't use any commercial products or home remedies. I just brush my teeth frequently and drink a lot of water.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 11
I could tell I had bad breath because I smelled it on myself. Nobody told me. It was situational from food. It wasn't too bad... probably about a 2. I didn't talk to a professional or family or friends. I just brushed my teeth more frequently. It was never chronic. Every morning my breath is yucky and I make a regular habit of brushing my teeth. If I did not brush my teeth AT LEAST 3x daily I would find my breath unpleasant. I know I do not have bad breath because it smells fine to me. Nobody ever flinches, complains, or responds as if I have bad breath, and I do keep up the dental hygiene.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 12
One day, while we were at church, my younger brother told me that my breath was horrid. My bad breath came mostly in the morning, however after drinking soda it also began to pick up, On a scale of 1-5, my breath was a 3. I sought the advice of both my dentist and physician. They recommended that I try Breath Mints and Mouthwash. I also asked my mother, and she said to make sure I brush my tongue. I did use some commercially-available products, Scope mouthwash and Dentyne gum. Both worked, but the gum is hard to keep on hand because of the price and the frequency of purchase. I didn't use a home remedy. I simply began brushing, flossing and chewing sugar-free gum more frequently. I do not have bad breath any longer., Various members of my family have confirmed it.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 13
My boyfriend told me. Unfortunately, it was chronic and ranked about 3 on the scale. I didn't ask the dentist and didn't ask my family. I just started flossing. I asked my ex-boyfriend if he thought my breath had been bad. He said no. The only product I used from the store was mouthwash. Sometimes my breath still gets bad, so I eat mints.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 14
I figured out for myself that my breath was bad from time to time, probably a 3. I didn't seek professional help. I just used breath mints or brushed my teeth if I could. I didn't ask anyone else for advice. Store-bought items I used are Altoids, Listerine, and Crest toothpaste at various times. The only home remedy I have used is to eat something else. I occasionally have bad breath from certain foods or morning breath. I will continue to use breath mints and brush my teeth.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 15
My girlfriend gave me the bad news. It's chronic from having bad teeth. On a scale of 1-5, definitely a 5. I talked to my dentist about it. He said I needed to have my teeth cleaned by the dental hygienist, which I did. I didn't ask anyone else for advice. I also started using Crest mouthwash rinse. It works well. I haven't used any home remedies. I think my breath is better because the same girl is still with me, and she doesn't turn her face away anymore!