In an attempt to identify "bad breath cures" used by web surfers, I posted the set of nine questions shown at the beginning of Part 1 of this article.
Here are the remaining responses I received from people eager to describe their "cures." The amazing thing is how many of those who responded are convinced they no longer have a breath problem. If I were a gambler, I'd be willing to bet they're mistaken. But what do I know? I could be completely wrong. As my wife will tell you, it's not the first time. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these stories...
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 16
I licked my hand and smelled it and knew I had bad breath. But it's only situational, usually after smoking and eating certain foods. It's about a 2 on the scale. I didn't talk to the dentist, just to my mother. She told me to rinse with baking soda. I use toothpaste. I guess the baking soda was a home remedy. The bad breath is gone. I licked my hand again and smelled it to check.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 17
had been having a bad taste in my mouth, and then my girlfriend
mentioned it to me. It was situational, due to a rotten tooth which had
become infected. It was bad... at least a 4 on the scale. So, I went to
my dentist. He gave me antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash. I didn't
ask anyone else for help since the dentist confirmed that the source of
the bad breath was the tooth. Commercial products? I gargled with
Scope. It worked for a little while, but not all day. I did not use any
home remedies. I don't think I have bad breath anymore. The infection is
gone. Plus I brush my teeth regularly and use Listerine.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 18
learned that I had bad breath in high school when one of my friends
told me. The problem was pretty much occasional -- it tended to be much
worse in the morning. My breath was probably about a 3.
I didn't seek professional help. I just started brushing my teeth more throughout the day and after I ate anything. As I said above, no professional help, just more tooth brushing. I talked to my mom about it. She suggested that I brush my teeth after I ate breakfast (instead of before). I didn't buy anything out of the ordinary. I just used regular toothpaste and started using Listerine. It seemed to work. I did not use a home remedy (unless you want to count toothpaste and Listerine). I think that I've solved my bad breath problems. I know for sure because periodically, I ask the same friend who told me about it originally to confirm that my breath hasn't become nasty again.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 19
My sister told me I had bad breath, occasionally in the morning. It wasn't too bad, maybe a 2 on a scale of 1-5. I didn't go to the dentist or doctor about it, and I didn't ask anyone else for help. I started brushing my teeth in the morning with colgate total. That's been working for me.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 20
I learned I have bad breath because my family members have told me quite a few times. In addition, when I'm sleeping close to a pillow, I can smell my own breath. It's also easy to taste. The problem is chronic. Even after I brush my teeth, my breath can smell somewhat bad. It's been an ongoing issue for as long as I can remember. I would rate myself as having level 4 breath. I haven't sought professional help for my breath problem. I usually just chew gum or mints to mask the smell in public. I have not received any treatment, nor have I asked anyone else for advice about my breath problem. My sister, however, has told me that eating parsley can neutralize your breath. I've used mouthwashes such as Listerine and Scope before, but I've never used them consistently. I have not used any home remedies. I still have constant bad breath. I'm thinking of buying some parsley from the grocery store to chew on and using mouthwash as needed.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 21
My boyfriend told me I had bad breath. It was occasional, mostly after I ate garlicy foods. On a scale of 1-5, it was around 2. I didn't ask for professional help, but my friends told me to use really strong mouthwash like Listerine. They also told me to stop eating so much garlic and to use mouthwash or mints. Commercial products I use are Listerine and tic-tacs; the Listerine works best. I didn't try any home remedies. I still have a problem whenever I eat really spicy or garlicy foods. I plan on using more mouthwash or chewing some cinnamon gum next.
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Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 22
My sister told me I had bad breath. fortunately, it was limited to occasional morning breath. Unfortunately, when it happened, it was a 5. I did not seek professional help. I just started brushing my teeth more. I asked my sister for her advice and she said to brush my teeth and use mouthwash. I didn't use anything special, or any home remedies. I still get morning breath. When I do, I use mouthwash.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 23
I found out I had bad breath from my husband. It was situational and about a 4 on a scale of 1-5. I didn't seek professional help or help from anyone else. I did purchase and use Binaca, but I did not try any home remedies. I know my bad breath is gone because I constantly ask my husband and my kids to check.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 24Someone told me that I had horrible breath, one of my friends... let's call her Ashley. Apparently, it had become chronic and rate about a 3. I asked my dentist for his advice. It turned out that I was suffering from a metabolic disorder of some kind, and I had to start eating more of certain minerals and vitamins and overall more food. I didn't ask anyone else for help as I wanted to conceal the problem as much as possible. I used toothpaste and mouthwash as much as possible, which sort of worked. There weren't any home remedies that would have helped what I had. I don't think I have bad breath anymore. If I do, then I'm going to murder everyone who has told me otherwise. :P
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 25I couldn't smell my bad breath, but I knew I had it because of the onions and garlic I had just ate. The only action I took was to use mints, or avoid the bad breath foods. I did try Trident gum, and it seemed to work pretty well. I haven't used any home remedies. I don't truly know that I don't have bad breath, but I just hope that I don't.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 26Someone told me I had bad breath. They let me know by giving me gum. It was from certain foods, like garlic. When I had it, my bad breath was about a 3 on a scale of 1-10. I sought help from my doctor, he let me know which foods to lay off of. I didn't receive treatment; I just laid off the garlic. I didn't ask anyone else for advice. The only commercial product I used was mouthwash, Scope Citrus Blast to be exact. It worked well. I never used a home remedy. I no longer have bad breath. I know for sure because my girlfriend kisses me more now.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 27I figured it out mainly by myself. Sometimes family members would tell me. It was due to certain foods and morning breath. It was a 3. I did not seek professional help, and I did not ask anyone else for help. The commercially-available products I use are mints, gum, and mouthwash. I tried one home remedy for bad breath, hydrogen peroxide, but that did not work. I still have morning breath, so I just drink water and brush my teeth when I get up.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 28One of my friends informed me that I had morning breath. On a scale of 1-5, I'd say it was a 3. I didn't ask for professional advice or advice from anyone else. I used Crest Toothpaste and Mouthwash. These products helped cure my bad breath. I didn't use a home remedy, and I no longer have bad breath.
Favorite Bad Breath Cures - Case 29I discovered I had bad breath when my dentist winced. It was humiliating, and my girlfriend wouldn't kiss me anymore. It was a chronic problem. I'm afraid I'd have to rate it as a 5. I asked the dentist for advice and was told brush better and use mouthwash. I didn't ask anyone else for advice because I was too embarassed. I used a variety of mouthwashes. They worked, but only for an hour or so. I haven't tried any home remedies. I still have a problem with bad breath and am going to go to my doctor to see if it is a digestive problem.