Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

by Gillian Harper
(Eugene, Oregon, USA)

Bad breath is a problem that most people experience at least once in their lifetime. Our mouths produce a strong noticeable odor that makes other people shy away from us or offer us gum to mask the smell. While this is not debilitating, it does have certain social consequences. You would not want to talk to someone whose mouth emits a foul, sulfuric odor. It is a good thing that there are many ways to eliminate bad breath.

Natural remedies for bad breath are the best way to go, as they do not interfere with your body the way chemicals do, and they are numerous. Some should be part of your daily routine to promote oral hygiene, while some require you to go to the local supermarket or herbal store to procure the necessary ingredients. Here are some simple natural remedies for bad breath that you can practice to make sure you do not suffer from this often embarrassing disease.

1. Chewing mint leaves. This will leave your mouth with a tingly feeling and is one of the more common bad breath natural remedies. Mint leaves are readily available in supermarkets and grocery stores. You can even buy a mint plant and just tear off the leaves as needed. Fresh mint leaves are better than the dried variety.

2. Brushing after every meal. This is a regimen everyone should follow to promote oral hygiene. Brushing removes food particles left behind and leaves a clean, fresh feeling.

3. Gargling with baking soda dissolved in warm water or brushing teeth with baking soda. This has antibacterial properties, which inhibit anaerobic bacteria from multiplying in your mouth.

4. Eating plain yogurt. Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria, which will help flush the bad bacteria in your mouth, thus preventing bad breath.

5. A cup of unsweetened tea. Tea has cleansing properties and can help keep you hydrated. Since dry mouths are a breeding ground for bacteria, this is one of the easiest to follow remedies.

6. Gargling with a mixture of citrus fruit and water. Citrus fruits contain citric acid, which can help kill bacteria. They also contain vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and prevents bacteria from attacking.

7. Chewing cardamom seeds or cinnamon sticks. The aromatic smell can banish bad breath and is thought of as a simple bad breath home remedy.

8. Eating apples – an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There’s more to this fruit than meets the eye, as it also keeps bad breath away. Apples attack bacteria that cause bad breath, leaving you with a clean mouth.

Natural remedies for bad breath are very easy to follow. Bad breath will normally fade if you consistently follow the above tips. Choose one or two that work for you, as following all the tips above can be very time consuming and there is no proof that you need to use all of them to eliminate bad breath completely. Whichever methods you choose, just make them a part of your routine, and be prepared to kiss bad breath goodbye.

Answer: Thanks for sharing these great tips, Gillian. I agree that natural remedies for bad breath are better than chemical-based remedies.

Another natural approach is to bring into balance the essential salts present in all body fluids. Because these salts are present in all fluids, they exist in every cell which composes the human body. Of the twelve essential salts, Kalium Phosphate is the one which can minimize odors and help eliminate bad breath.

If anyone would like more information on how this essential salt can function as a natural remedy for bad breath, read my article, "The Miracle of Kalium Phosphate."

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I Found Out How to Get Rid of Bad Breath and Things Are Going Great

by Kevin T. Harris
(Long Beach, California)

I don't know why exactly, but I was very lazy during my teenage years, and I really didn't care much about brushing. I remember that since I usually skipped brushing in the morning, I used to chew gum all day, compulsively popping a new piece after having sucked everything out of the old piece. I had learned how to effectively hide my chewing from all my teachers and I had packs of gum in my locker, backpack and pockets.

On weekends, things were even worse. I used to play video games 10 hours a day, drink soda pop and eat chips. I was stuck on the computer and didn't brush at all. By Monday morning, I had a layer of tartar covering all my front teeth and most of my back teeth.

Things didn't stay this way for too long. I changed my habits, my diet and started brushing regularly. Two particular occurrences that pushed me to be concerned about my oral health were my interest for musical wind instruments and my desire to interact with girls. Since neither were possible with bad breath, I researched, read and took action.

How did things turn out? As of right now, I brush 4 times a day, rinse before going to bed, floss regularly and use quality health products. I have just recently started making money as a professional musician, I have good social skills with women, and my confidence is through the roof. No matter what time it is during the day, I always have fresh-smelling breath, and I have absolutely no fear of getting into a conversation with anyone. In other words, I have peace of mind when it comes to my breath.

Take action to get rid of bad breath now... you'll thank yourself later.

Kevin T. Harris

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