Bad breath (also known as halitosis) can be treated with commercial products, but it is often worth trying some simple bad breath home remedies first. Most of these ingredients can be found around the house or at your nearest supermarket.
1. Chew on fresh parsley. Chewing on a sprig of fresh parsley, particularly straight after a meal can kill some of the bad bacteria that lives in the mouth. It's no coincidence that in ancient times, parsley used to be served as a dish in itself, and not simply the little bit of green stuff you place on the top of your dish as a garnish.
2. Or other green vegetables. Parsley isn't the only leafy green vegetable that can help freshen your breath. The chlorophyll found in many green vegetables can work wonders for cleaning the bacteria from the surface of your teeth. Green vegetables are also filled with essential vitamins and minerals so it doesn't hurt to introduce more of them in your diet anyway. The healthier your body, the less opportunities for bad bacteria to thrive and generally the fresher your body and your breath will feel.
3. Use baking soda and water as a toothpaste. Baking soda has been used for centuries as a cleaning agent. Mix a little bit of baking soda with water to fight off your bad breath. By the way you don't need to rinse your mouth afterwards even though most people do. Just use less water and you'll get used to not having to rinse. You can also use natural toothpaste. If you can't find this in your local store, they are easily found and can be ordered online.
4. Drink green tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, a group of chemical substances found in plants that are said to have antioxidant qualities. Antioxidants slow down the oxidation of other molecules which can produce free radicals which can be harmful to our body. Pick a brand of green tea that isn't filled with sugar. Coffee can cause bad breath, so switching to tea is a much better choice.
5. Chew on cilantro (otherwise known as coriander). Cilantro is flavorful herb sometimes known as Chinese parsley.
6. Buy a new toothbrush. Toothbrushes can be riddled with bacteria. Change your toothbrush regularly, every couple of months or so. And keep your toothbrush clean, don't store it in a container so jammed that it rubs against other toothbrushes or personal bathroom items.
7. Eat less dairy products. Dairy takes longer to break down than a lot of other foods and so can often lead to foul breath. However, sugarless yoghurt has been found to reduce the bacterial compounds that can cause halitosis.
If you think you have bad breath, do something about it. Yes, now! Stinky breath can be a total dating deal breaker, it's one of the worst and most off-putting personal hygiene problems and there are solutions out there. Don't let it get worse, do something to fight your bad breath now!
Chronic bad breath may be a sign of internal problems or tonsil stones...if problems persist go see your doctor and/or dentist.