8 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath Naturally

Nothing can get more humiliating and socially unacceptable than bad breath.

Dental cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, coated tongue are among the most common origins of bad breath. Other causes may include malnutrition, uncontrolled diabetes, dry mouth (saliva has an antimicrobial effect)… some food and drink, such as garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol, can temporarily cause bad breath. Smokers also suffer from it. 

Below is a list of 8 natural ways to fight bad breath:

1. Brush and floss more often

Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath. Trapped food also adds to the problem.

Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every two to three months.

Don't overdo things, though. If you brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to decay.

2. Swish your mouth with plain water after you eat

This gets rid of food particles that get stuck in your teeth.

3. Use baking soda as a mouthwash

baking soda is also a natural remedy to freshen up your breath. It works by actually neutralizing built-up acids stuck to your teeth and tongue.

Dissolve a half-teaspoon of baking soda in water, and swish it around as you would with mouthwash. 

4. Add baking soda to your toothpaste

Mix baking soda with the usual amount of toothpaste you use. Place this on the toothbrush and brush your teeth as you would normally do.

You can also use baking soda alone to brush your teeth. Damp your toothbrush, and then dipping it into the baking soda before brushing up. You can expect to see a reduction in bad breath in the long term.

5. Scrape your tongue

The coating that normally forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Hold the tip of the tongue with gauze to pull it forward in order to clean the back of the tongue.

6. Avoid foods that sour your breath

Foods that are rich in onions and garlic cause temporarily bad breath and brushing after you eat them doesn't help.

The substances that cause their bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out. Therefore, avoid them before you go to work or see your friends.

7. Moisten your mouth

You can get bad breath if you don't make enough saliva. If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water during the day and swish cool water around in your mouth.

8. Drink tea

Both green and black tea are loaded with antioxidants which destroy bacteria and compounds that build up in the mouth. So taking the time to sip a few cups of either type per day can help

If you’re not a tea drinker, a few swishes around the mouth can still help get rid of the bad breath.

While there’s nothing wrong with using one of these natural methods or mouthwash to freshen your breath, you have to consider that your body may also be trying to tell you something. Chronic bad breath might be a sign that you need a visit to the dentist, as it may be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease. As it may also be linked to more serious health problems, like diabetes, liver or kidney malfunctions, or respiratory infections.

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