Bad breath is not only annoying, but embarrassing – especially if you don't know the cause of it or how to get rid of it for good. Bad breath generally results from food odors and bacteria that build up in the mouth. Toothpaste and mouthwash helps to wash away food particles temporarily, but bad breath can still persist even if you brush after every meal. Persistent bad breath may be the cause of something a little bit more serious. Halitosis is persistent bad breath possibly originating from tooth decay, plaque, or periodontal disease. Cure bad breath by looking into the various reasons and solutions for mouth odor.

Things You Will Need



Mouthwash with fluride

Tongue scraper


Baking soda

Odor neutralizing foods

Neti pot

Step 1

The first thing you should look into is you dental hygiene habits. Mother and the dentist has always drummed it in you head to give your teeth a thorough brushing everyday. But due to people's busy schedules, it may be hard to brush after 'every meal,' when you are out. Truth be told, the only way to really cut down on gum disease and food bacteria odors is to brush after every meal…or at least twice and day. FLOSS every night.

Flossing is just as important as brushing because it removes food particles stuck in between the teeth that can cause tooth decay and cavities. Use a mouthwash with fluoride to help kill plaque and prevent tooth decay– the main culprits behind bad breath. Invest in a tongue scraper to manually remove bacteria and food particles stuck on the tongue. Tongue scrapers are highly successful in reducing bad breath. Visit the dentist at least twice a year to get proper dental treatment that can cut down on future cavities.

Step 2

Persistent dry mouth does cause bad breath. Moderate amounts of salivia are needed to naturally clean the mouth free of food bacteria. Suffers of dry mouth (possible from health conditions, medications, mouth breathing or hormonal imbalances) should have their doctors/dentists prescribe special meds, or sometimes 'candy,' that will increase salvia flow in the mouth.

Step 3

This is just a huge no-no. For the sake of saving you a massive health document on the disastrous medical and dental problems associated with nicotine and tobacco, I'll just ask you to look into programs or support groups that can help you quit. Smoking contributes largely to bad breath because of its ingredients. If you are trying to quit, possibly look into sugar-free gums to replace the urge to smoke while helping you reduce bad breath odors.

Step 4

Another common problem that contributes to stinky breath is nasal problems. Post-nasal drip – something people with allergies, allergic reactions to certain foods/meds), is thick phlegm that settles in the back of the tongue and in the throat. It can cause bad breath when it just lays there and overtime, becomes infected (causing another bad stench). Most doctors/dentists recommend a nasal moisturizer to wash away the phlegm (like Breathe Ease). For people who want natural remedies, the nasal irrigation pot (also called a neti pot) can work absolutely wonders for people with not only post-nasal, but sinus infections, persistent runny nose, mucus congestion and allergies. The neti pot uses warm water and salt to cure wash away mucus that can cause bad breath.

Step 5

There are some special foods, ingrediant and spices that can cure bad breath. For one, baking soda has natural deodorizing ingrediants that almost work better than toothpaste and mouthwash. Sprinkle a teaspoon in your mouth and brush with the soda (then use toothpaste afterwards). When you know that you will be talking a lot to people during the day, and you may not get around to brushing -- munch on natural deodorizing foods such as raw carrots, celery and low-fat cheese. Drink water instead of sugar-filled pop and juices. Chewing on fresh parsley, clove, fennel and cardamon are spices that can cure bad breath. Array

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