Home remedies for bad breath

Having bad breath can really be problematic and embarrassing, which is a major factor affecting your self-confidence, thereby reducing i...


Having bad breath can really be problematic and embarrassing, which is a major factor affecting your self-confidence, thereby reducing it. One can easily get bad breath from smoking, dry mouth conditions, gum diseases, sinus & medical conditions or even simply eating too strong odorous foods. Still the main reason for bad breath is due to the bacteria build-up behind your tongue or in between your teeth.

To deal with such a problematic oral condition, maintaining good oral health is definitely a must. So, here are some beneficial home remedies to cure this condition and help you maintain your oral health:

1. Cinnamon

Boil a teaspoon full of cinnamon powder in a cup of water. Adding a little cardamom and some bay leaves will only enhance its effectiveness as a home remedy for bad breath. On finishing, strain the solution and gargle with it to clear your breath. Cinnamon contains a chemical compound- cinnamic aldehyde, i.e. an essential oil which is known to treat bad breath and decrease bacteria in the mouth. Do this twice a day.

2. Cloves

Cloves also contain anti-bacterial chemical elements that get rid of the excessive bacteria causing bad breath in your mouth. It is also a very simple remedy to follow, since you need only chew on a few pieces of cloves to instantly freshen up your breath. An alternate option is to make clove tea and either drink it or gargle with it, two times a day.

3. Lemon Rinse

This is an age-old remedy that is still used to cure bad breath. Lemon's acidic properties destroy bacteria and prevent any further bacterial growth within your mouth. It even has a strong scented smell that covers up the odor of bad breath.

It's an easy and efficient home remedy, which requires you to only prepare lemon juice. Using one tablespoon of the juice squeezed out of a fresh lemon, add it to a cup of water, stir it and then use it to rinse your mouth. Add some salt to increase its effectiveness. It also cures dry mouth conditions, one of the many causes of bad breath.

4. Tea

Herbal Tea as well as normal tea is a good remedy for bad breath. Tea's antioxidant polyphenol components prevent bacterial growth, which is the biggest cause for bad breath. Whether it is green tea, sage tea or black tea, you need just sip on a warm cup of tea, several times in a day.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider has pH balancing effects and can really be a sure way to cure your bad breath problem. There are multiple remedies using apple cider vinegar for bad breath such as stirring one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking it before any meal. Another way is to gargle with apple cider vinegar mixed into a cup of water. Not only will it take away bad breath, it will also improve digestion.

6. Fennel

Fennel's breath-freshening and antimicrobial qualities eliminate bacteria within your mouth and refreshing your breath, thus controlling and gradually curing bad breath. Chew on a tablespoon of fennel, slowly to refresh your breath or simply drink fennel tea few times a day. Prepare this tea, by steeping 1-2 teaspoons of fennel seeds in a cup of hot water for approximately 5-10 minutes.


7. Baking Soda

Make a mouthwash by mixing one and half teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Gargle and rinse your mouth with this daily till your bad breath disappears. The baking soda controls acidity levels in your mouth and minimizes oral bacteria.  Using baking soda to brush your teeth is another great way to cure bad breath and also prevent bacteria and acidity from building up in your mouth.

These home remedies are extremely potent and effective in treating bad breath and doing away with its causes. However, to keep up good oral health, it would be beneficial to drink adequate amounts of water, especially after meals to wash down food particles that get caught in between your teeth. This prevents bacterial growth from those leftover food particles.

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