9 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath Once and For All
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Helen Bradford
26 days ago
Contributor
Written by
Helen Bradford
26 days ago

Unpleasant smells coming from the mouth are usually called bad breath. If bad breath grows into a chronic condition, it's called halitosis. One of the main causes of bad breath is bacteria build-up within your mouth, although it may also be the side effect of eating foods like garlic or onions. However, food choices like that would only give you temporary bad breath. Chronic bad breath is characterized by having bad breath on a regular basis, and the factors that contribute to this condition the most are yeast and candida overgrowth in your body. Contrary to popular belief, bad breath does not originate in the stomach, but it starts spreading from the back of the tongue. While the most common cause of bad breath is the food you've eaten, bacteria found in your mouth as well as sulfur compounds and even more serious conditions such as liver disease can cause malodors in your mouth. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can get rid of bad breath for good.

Avoid having dry mouth

A dry mouth will inevitably cause bad breath. Bacteria which produce smelly compounds loves dry areas, which is why you should always make your mouth salivated. Drinking plenty of water every day is the key to keeping your mouth hydrated. Six to eight glasses are the daily recommended dosage that will keep both your mouth and your entire body hydrated. This will be especially useful if your job requires lots of talking, which is one of the main causes of dry mouth. For those who like their beverages flavored, pineapple juice can be a good solution to eliminating bad breath while staying hydrated. A glass of pineapple juice after a meal or even chewing on a slice of pineapple can fight bad breath well. Green tea also has deodorizing properties, so feel free to hydrate your mouth and body by having a cup or two of green tea a day. For extra refreshment, make tea before bed and cool it off in the refrigerator until morning. Add mint leaves and some lemon and drink it cold. If you've hydrated plenty during the day, but your mouth still becomes dry, consider chewing gum which will naturally make your mouth produce more saliva, washing bacteria and food particles away. Look for cinnamon-flavored gums and those sweetened with xylitol instead of sugar. You don’t want to feed the bacteria with sugar, so go for the best alternative – xylitol. Gums will be especially beneficial if you’re a smoker. Tobacco is one of the main causes of bad breath, so if you have been thinking about quitting, there’s no time like now. Not only will your breath be fresh, but you’ll lower the risk of various disease caused by smoking. Cigarette smoke diminishes the oxygen in the mouth, which is a wonderful breeding ground for bacteria that causes periodontitis.

Change eating habits

Forget about sugary foods and meals rich in trans fats because they are the worst enemies of your mouth. They also contribute to yeast and candida overgrowth, which will inevitably lead to bad breath. Switching up your diet and eating high-fiber foods will certainly keep all the bacteria at bay. Whole wheat products, white bread, white rice and processed sugars will contribute immensely to your bad breath problem, so try starting a sugar-free diet. High-fiber foods such as avocados, Asian pears, coconut, berries, peas, artichokes, flaxseeds, and brussels sprouts will be a much better and healthier choice for your mouth. Probiotic yogurt, coconut kefir, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and other probiotic-rich foods will help restore bacteria build-up in your oral cavity. High-protein foods are another good choice for getting rid of bad breath. Include more organic chicken, grass-fed beef, lentils, black beans, almonds and eggs into your diet to prevent malodors from accumulating in your mouth. Avoid eating garlic, onions and similar foods that promote bad breath. Cut back on alcohol and coffee because chemical compounds in them make your mouth odor-causing bacteria’s breeding ground. If you don’t want to quit drinking coffee, at least carry a travel size mouthwash with you or have a chewing gum to freshen your breath afterward. Stock up on foods rich in vitamin C because it will fight the bad breath bacteria very well.

Get more healthy fats

Consuming enough healthy fats will keep bad breath under control. Coconut oil, avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds, fatty fish and dark chocolate are all filled with healthy fats, that unlike saturated fats, are actually good for you in more ways than just keeping your breath odor-free. Coconut oil, for example, is rich in lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, also known as medium-chain fatty acids, which have antimicrobial properties and are very beneficial for dental and gut health.

Improve oral hygiene

One of the most important steps in diminishing bad breath is to keep your mouth clean. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria will start building up which will inevitably lead to tooth decay, and your mouth won’t smell very good anymore. Therefore, be sure you brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush after every meal, but twice a day would be a good alternative too. Don't forget to clean your tongue, while you're at it because most of the odor-causing bacteria lay precisely on your tongue. With the use of an effective tongue cleaner, your mouth will stay minty fresh for hours. Clean your tongue by brushing from back to front and rinse the cleaner between strokes. Look for a quality dental floss, and don’t forget to clean your teeth well after brushing since a toothbrush cannot reach all the gaps between the teeth. You’d be surprised to see how much food is actually lodged there making your breath stinky. A mouthwash will keep the oral cavity moist and control bad breath, so make sure you look for the one with chlorine dioxide. Some of the bacteria will be out of reach for tongue cleaners, which is why a few swishes of mouthwash is necessary in order to flush out all the bacteria from the mouth. Feel free to rinse your mouth before and after brushing so that you can neutralize all the bacteria more effectively.

Suck on a lemon

Thanks to its phytochemical, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities, lemon can kill fungus and bacteria. Furthermore, it's very good at reducing inflammation in the mouth. If you like indulging in garlic, onions and other breath-stinking foods, sucking on a slice of lemon will be very good for you. Alternatively, squeeze the lemon into a glass of water and either gargle with it or simply drink the water. If sucking on a lemon slice is too sour for you, then you can just take a drop of lemon juice and place it on your tongue to promote saliva production. Not only is lemon water great for your breath, but it will also keep your body detoxed. You’ll feel less bloated and if you suffer from constipation, lemon water will relieve that as well. Lemon water also promotes weight loss and keeps your skin glowing, so having at least one glass of lemon water a day will be more than beneficial for your health.

Have parsley for a snack

Parsley is another solution for great breath. Namely, this aromatic herb can combat bad breath very well, if you make it a part of your everyday diet. Aside from being a pretty garnish, snacking on parsley every day will effectively treat bad breath because it’s alkaline in nature. Make vegetable juice by mixing parsley, mint and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard. Aside from parsley, cucumber and celery juice will also be a good friend of your breath. According to a study, the alkalizing combination of parsley, a mint raw apple, and spinach worked well as a natural treatment for bad breath because it naturally oxidizes and deodorizes bad bacteria. Chlorophyll is responsible for neutralizing effects of parsley on bad breath because it helps acts as a deodorizer. Chewing on a fresh mint can also keep your breath fresh for a long while. Chewing on a sprig of parsley may not be tasty, so instead of just giving up on the idea, dip it in vinegar first. If you like DIY projects, try out an all-natural remedy for bad breath. Boil parsley sprigs, mint and cloves, cool and strain to make a refreshing mouthwash. Rinse your mouth with it daily to ban the bacteria from your mouth for good. Drinking green tea with fresh herbs can also contribute to having an all-day fresh breath.

Supplement your diet with essential oils

The next big help with fighting bad breath would be to add certain foods and supplements to your routine. The two great options would be to use a probiotic supplement and use peppermint essential oil. Yogurt is a good probiotic and since it contains lactobacillus, yogurt will fight bad bacteria in your gut, thus reducing bad breath. Eat one serving of non-fat yogurt a day and your breath will be fresh and odorless. Namely, peppermint has important antimicrobial and antiviral activities, it’s a strong antioxidant and one of the most popular essential oils in the world. According to studies, when peppermint oil is used as an oral rinse it can help reduce halitosis, i.e. chronic bad breath. Consider using peppermint oil mouth rinse because it is a safe formulation that has no side effect and combats bad breath-causing bacteria successfully. Try out a homemade probiotic toothpaste and mix baking soda, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. Your breath will stay minty fresh after only putting a single drop of peppermint oil on your tongue or in your water. To increase the freshness of your store-bought toothpaste, add a drop of peppermint oil to it before brushing your teeth.

Go to the dentist

If even after you've tried out all of the natural remedies to fight bad breath, you still can't keep it minty fresh, going to the dentist would be the best idea. Untreated cavities will cause bacteria to reside in your mouth rotting the rest of your teeth, making your breath not so pleasant. A poorly fit dental filling can also cause bad breath, which is why a visit to the dentist would be highly advisable. Periodontal disease caused by poor oral hygiene can also be the cause of bad breath, so make sure your orthodontist checks your mouth for possible dental issues and prescribes the proper treatment. Even with good oral hygiene, you may not be able to prevent the bacteria build-up completely, which is why you should have professional cleanings at the dentist. Tongue scraping is one of the treatments dentists often perform in order to help you get rid of bad breath. Scaling and root planning is another technique which cleans the gums deeply and helps remove plaque and tartar.

Tonsil stones may be the problem

Tonsils tend to accumulate lumps of calcified food, mucus and bacteria, called tonsil stones. They smell really bad and are one of the potential causes of bad breath. They are seen as white spots on your tonsils, and can often be mistaken for throat infection. One of the ways to check whether you have a tonsil infection or just accumulated tonsil stones, use a cotton swab to pick it up. A liquid or a puss on a cotton swab will indicate tonsil infection, in which case you should immediately see your doctor. If, on the other hand, you swab off a solid chunk of white matter it's a tonsil stone. Needless to say, you'll know it when you smell it.

Final thoughts

Bad breath can seriously rock your self-esteem, so it’s best if you found the source of odor in your mouth and start working on eliminating it. Making sure your moth is always hydrated is one of the good ways to prevent bad breath. Improve your oral hygiene, supplement your diet with probiotics and essential oils, eat better, snack on parsley and suck on a slice of lemon to keep your mouth minty fresh. Check your tonsils for tonsil stones and keep your throat clean too in order to eliminate bad breath. If in spite of all the natural remedies, your breath still doesn’t improve, you should consider visiting a dentist. Maybe you’ll need professional teeth cleaning treatments, that will finally rid you of all the bacteria and keep you minty fresh from then on.

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