Do you have bad breath? We all do from time to time. Sometimes bad breath (or halitosis) is the result of the foods we eat. Raw onions and garlic have many benefits, but let’s face it, they leave a trail of stinky breath! Another reason for bad breath is when the bacteria in your mouth is out of balance. The odor of halitosis can be traced to bacterial growth on the tongue, teeth, and gums. Dental problems, smoking, and even certain medication can also cause this problem.
So you see, there are many bad breath causes. And natural remedies are very effective in getting rid of the problem. Are you looking for bad breath cures that work effectively in handling this often embarrassing problem? If so, below I’ve listed a few simple natural remedies that I’m sure you’ll find helpful. If one remedy doesn’t seem to work, try another one because everyone is different and the source of the bad breath is too.
Natural Bad Breath Cures
1. Run From Sugar: Don’t suck on sugary breath mints that will only give more fuel to the bad odor-causing bacteria. Instead, freshen your breath with spices. Spices? Yes, spices help with bad breath because most of them are antibacterial and antiseptic and will help to keep your mouth germs in check. My favorites are cinnamon and cloves because they are mildly sweet and remind me of a pie on an autumn day. Chew or suck on a small piece of cinnamon bark or a couple of cloves. Add a small amount to your tea when you need to freshen your breath.
2. Change your toothbrush: Toothbrushes should be changed on a regular basis, about every two to three months and after a bout with a bug or other illness. Just like anything else, a regular changeout is good because toothbrushes don’t remain effective forever and they harbor loads of bacteria. Brush regularly to remove food particles that accumulate between your teeth.
3. Salty Saviors: Baking soda and sea salt are really amazing at cleansing the teeth, gums, and tongue. Combine equal parts baking soda and sea salt and then dip your damp toothbrush in this mixture and brush your teeth. To enhance your powder, you can even add a drop of peppermint or tea tree essential oil for better taste. Your mouth will be so clean, and you’ll feel like you’ve just had a professional cleaning. And these items are super cheap.
4. Pretty Parsley: Chew on a sprig of parsley to help improve your breath because parsley is a natural deodorizer. You can add this ingredient to your green juice or smoothy or even purchase it in pill form.
5. Yes to Yogurt: Often bad breath is the result of a poor bacteria environment in the gut. The remedy is to eat foods that encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Yogurt helps the body regulate microorganisms in the gut and neutralize stomach acid. Eat half a cup of yogurt a day for better mouth and gut health, but remember to choose ones that don’t contain added sugar.
6. High Five to High fiber: A sluggish digestive system can cause bad breath, so eating a diet high in fiber can help to nip this problem in the bud. If you eat lots of fruits, veggies, beans and grain your digestion will be running smoothly in no time.
7. More water: Dehydration is another common reason for bad breath, especially first thing in the morning. To solve this, simply drink an adequate amount of water every day.
8. Healthy Honey: Honey is known to be antibacterial and antifungal. After brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth with a solution of warm water with honey. Not only is it delicious and pleasant, this solution will help to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath.
Here is an effective recipe for a natural bad breath mouthwash using honey and cloves.
So if you experience bad breath, reach for a natural and effective bad breath treatment at home, and before long you may be able to banish your embarrassing problem for good.
Have you found an effective natural bad breath cure or a bad breath treatment at home that you want to share? Leave a comment below.