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Are you troubled by Bad Breath and want to know how to eliminate bad breath naturally?
You have come to the right place.
I have gathered these 9 simple ways so that by the end of the post, you have better chances of reducing or getting rid of bad breath completely.
What is Bad Breath?
Have you ever began a conversation with someone and they instantly try to cover their nose or look away?
And you wonder why they behave that way? Are they bored or they can’t wait to end the conversation?
Or if someone comes to talk to you, and you instantly notice a bad smell, you are almost unwilling to stay in the conversation?
Don’t worry! You are not alone!
Bad Breath is called Halitosis, a condition where there is a bad odor coming from your mouth when you talk at a close distance to your friends and family.
More than 50% of the population have halitosis at some point.
What Can Bad Breath do to you?
A lot of negative things!
Bad breath can affect your self-esteem, make you feel less confident when socializing with people.
It can also cause your popularity to fall if you do not manage it properly. You feel so self-conscious that every time you talk, you have a habit of putting your hand over your mouth.
This may make your voice muffled, and people may not hear what you are saying.
What did you say? Say again?
Main Causes of Bad Breath
This accounts for about 85% of the causes of bad breath.
This can range from the breakfast that you had this morning or the dinner from last night.
Why is that so?
Your body’s digestive system breaks down proteins (your dinner of chicken or meats) into individual amino acids, followed by the further breakdown of certain amino acids to produce detectable foul gases.
They can then escape from your stomach towards your mouth.
It can also happen if you eat foods that can easily cause bad smells. This can include foods such as garlic, onions, meat, fish, and cheese,
The main reason is the bacteria build up in your mouth and turn to plaque, the sticky substance that sticks to teeth surfaces.
Smoking is also the main cause of bad breath. Not only bad breath but yellow stained teeth and a lot of health problems and disease.
Drinking alcohol also stains your teeth, dries your mouth, causing bacteria to thrive and result in bad breath.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Insufficient care and attention is given during brushing can arise to bad breath. The tongue contains a lot of hot spots for bacteria to hide, like on the top of the tongue and also behind the tongue. Ignoring the cleanliness of the tongue contributes to a high cause of bad breath.
Other less common reported reasons are
- Oral infections
- Menstrual cycle
- Gut Health
- Liver Health
- Dry Mouth
How To Know If You Have Bad Breath?
One popular home method to determine the presence of bad breath is to lick the back of the wrist, let the saliva dry for a minute or two, and smell the result.
That however is not as effective as someone honestly letting you know you have bad breath, but who is willing to risk offending you?
- Transient. Bad breath can be transient, and often disappear after you eat, drink, brush your teeth, floss, or use mouthwash. But they will return when your mouth becomes dry or when you have not been drinking.
- Persistent. These are those who have chronic bad breath, and that is no matter what they do.
Even a baby can have bad breath due to drinking milk and not having their tongues cleaned.
So no one is really spared from the embarrassment of bad breath once in a while.
But the good news is that bad breath can be totally reduced if you follow some steps shown below.
Here are my 9 Ways to Eliminate Bad Breath Naturally
1. Brushing Regularly
Brushing with a good toothbrush is the first step in keeping your breath fresh. Using a mint toothpaste will help to give you good-smelling breath for a few hours. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles such as the bass toothbrush.
How to brush for 2 minutes?
Use your handphone and set it to 2 minutes.
Simple. Just by dividing your mouth into 4 parts when brushing.
a. Your Upper Outer Surfaces – 30 secs
b. Your Lower Outer Surfaces – 30 secs
c. Your Upper Inner Surfaces – 30 secs
d. Your Lower Inner Surfaces – 30 secs
With each row of teeth averages about 16 teeth, each tooth about 2 seconds, you will easily surpass 30 seconds per side.
If you do bass toothbrushing technique of wriggle at the gum line 5 times before brushing down, you can actually surpass brushing 2 minutes for your whole mouth.
Don’t forget each tooth has 5 surfaces:
a. The front
b. The back
c. The top
These 3 surfaces will be easy for your toothbrush to reach them, the other 2 surfaces will be those side-by-side to other teeth. This is where you will need flossing.
The thing to remember is never to scrub left-right motion, as this action does not do a good job of removing the plaque from the gum line. You may end up injuring your gums instead.
After brushing, try NOT to rinse immediately.
You may just be throwing away the good fluoride that could have stayed in your mouth for a while longer.
So what I do is to close my mouth after brushing.
Then I proceed to wash my face with my cleanser. That gives the fluoride a few more extra seconds to linger on the mouth.
Then I spit out and rinse with water.
The first brushing in the morning is typical to get rid of “morning breath” which everybody has it. That is because during the nights, we have reduced saliva flow, and bacteria stay in the mouth and continue to grow.
By midday, your breath may get stale, and you can then brush your teeth again for a quick freshening up for the whole afternoon.
Brushing in the night before sleep is to keep the bacteria level as low as possible through the night.
Brush with Xylitol
One effective way is to brush with xylitol which is a great sugar substitute that can starve the bacteria in the mouth. Just wet your toothbrush and put some xylitol crystals on the bristles and start brushing.
You can swish with xylitol granules.
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If you are a smoker, it is highly encouraged to quit or reduce the frequency of light-ups.
Instead of smoking, find some snacks to eat, or some activities like go for a jog or read a book.
Practicing yoga or some form of meditation will be good to distract you from smoking.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water is beneficial to curing bad breath because it stimulates your mouth to produce more saliva.
More Saliva means washing away the food debris stuck in your mouths and reducing the number of bacteria that can cause the bad breath.
After eating a meal, you can also rinse your mouth with water.
Now, I would like to say not all water is the same, it depends on where you stay.
You can have fluoride and good minerals added to your water already.
In Abu Dhabi where I live, we don’t drink boiled water from the tap, unlike in Singapore.
We ordered gallons of mineral water that are delivered weekly.
If you like to get more out of your water, I have recently learnt about this – using Biomagscience magnets to make my water more healthy!
“Research shows that magnetized/energized water provides increased cellular nutrition & detoxification resulting in greater increased immune functions for better healing.”
Source: Biomagscience magnets
Other Benefits of drinking Bio-energized structured water:
- Prevent Premature Aging
- Hydrate the Skin Better
- Helps Reduce Wrinkles
- Helps Reduce Free Radicals
- Hydrate the Cells Better
- Improve Organ Functions Improve
- Memory Functions
- Increase Detoxification
- Helps to Decrease Sodium Levels
- Improve Cellular Transport Efficiency
- Improve Alkalinity & Reduce Acidosis
- Helps Reduce Chemicals & Heavy Metals Build-up
How to use the Biomagnet to charge your water?
Simply attach the rubber band provided to your water bottle, and slot the blue magnet on the bottle.
The water will instantly be charged and you can then consume the water. Consumers have reported that their water tasted better after being charged.
For a gallon of the water container, attach 2 magnets. The water will stay charged throughout the day, even though you may remove the magnets.
I keep my magnets on the bottle all the time.
Stress can also cause your body to react negatively. Nobody can claim to be stress-free, so it is how you manage your stress level.
As a homemaker, I have tons of work that is screaming for my attention, from the essential cooking of 3 meals a day to washing loads of laundry and even washing the ever oily kitchen hood filters!
At the end of my long days, I still have to brush my children’s teeth (therapeutic for me!) and then send them off to bed.
So likewise, as busy moms that you probably are, learn to manage your stress and find great ways to unwind at the end of each day.
You can watch the TV, listen to podcasts, watch YouTube programs (can you subscribe to my YouTube here? Thank You!), and even yoga. Or simply read your favourite novel.
Another way to destress is to sleep early!
I try to sleep at 9 Pm daily, with the latest being 10 pm. In that way, I can have sufficient sleep to handle the zillion things I have to do in the day.
5. Book Your Dental Appointment
Are you those who put off booking your half-yearly or annual dental appointment until its too late or until you experience some hints of toothache? By then, it is too late.
Your dentist can do routine maintenance cleaning, scaling, and polishing.
They can also detect any underlying problems or check and warn you of any chips on your teeth.
In some countries where there are public dental polyclinics, these dental appointments are usually fully booked months in advance, so put your next dental visit into your schedule now.
6. Rinse with Mouthwash
Mouthwash is usually a quick solution to curing bad breath in an instant.
You can do a rinse with mouthwash in the mornings after brushing with toothpaste. Then anytime during the day, you can just do a quick rinse, preferably after eating.
This is because typically after using a mouthwash, you should refrain from food and drinks for at least 30 minutes.
Be careful to choose a mouthwash that does not contain high alcohol content, as alcohol dries up the mouth, Then bad breath may return due to dry mouth.
Alternatively, try this highly recommended homemade mouthwash recipe using baking soda. Simply add about 2 teaspoons of baking soda to water and stir well.
I create a simple essential-oil based mouthwash using the OraWellness Healthy Mouth Blend.
Other great ingredients that you can use to create a mouthwash are a few drops of peppermint, tea tree, sage, myrrh, clove, or eucalyptus.
5 Variations of Using Baking Soda as a Mouthwash
These are the 5 ways that you can use baking soda and making it into a mouthwash to reduce bad breath.
- Baking Soda with Water. Use a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with water.
- Baking Soda with Toothpaste. Put a dash of baking soda on top of your regular toothpaste. Brush as normal.
- Baking Soda and Water and Salt. Add a teapoon of salt and baking soda to a cup of water. Use as a mouthwash.
- Baking Soda with Apple Cider Vinegar. Combine these 2 ingredients and use as mouthwash.
- Baking Soda with Xylitol. 2 tablespoon of each, combined with warm water to mix and disslove.
7. Eat Fruits and Vegetables
There are foods that you can eat to reduce bad breath.
Apples contain pectin which is helpful to increasing saliva in the mouth. Lots of other fruits such as strawberries, bananas, and watermelon help to increase water in your mouth when you eat.
Oranges contain Vitamin C and are also beneficial to your oral health, just be careful to rinse with water to reduce its acidity.
If you like to drink, choose tea rather than coffee. Teas tend to contain polyphenol which does not stain as much as coffee and helps to reduce bacteria in your mouth.
You can choose green tea because it has disinfectant and deodorizing properties that can temporarily freshen the breath.
Mint has similar effects, so a cup of green mint tea may be an ideal breath freshener.
Yogurt contains active probiotics (good bacteria called lactobacillus) which is also good for your stomach. Because bacteria thriving in the stomach can also produce foul smells that rise to the mouths.
Eat fiber-rich foods like potatoes, vegetables, strawberries, and bananas. They will clean your intestines and reduce your bloatedness. Too much gas in the stomachs can give rise to bad breath.
How about candy?
This Loloz candy has an active ingredient that can reduce bacteria causing bad breath. Just chew on one loloz candy in the morning and at night for 10 days. This will keep you cavity-free and also away from bad breath.
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Avoid These foods
There are foods that have more tendency to give you bad breath. They are
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8. Tongue Cleaning to Remove Bacteria Beneath the Tongue Surface
Cleaning your tongue is a very effective way to reduce bad breath.
On the surfaces and back of the tongue lie, lots of bacteria and they are responsible for the bad smell coming from your mouth.
Just by simply using a tongue scraper or a metal spoon, you can easily have a clean and healthy tongue, not forgetting good-smelling breath.
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9. Herbs for Eliminating Bad Breath
Whoever thought that Herbs can actually help with bad breath?
Yes, they do!
A common list of herbs would be
By chewing on these, they will help you produce saliva. Buy some in your grocery shopping today!
Using Essential Oils for Curing Bad Breath
The oil of Oregano can help in killing odor-causing germs and bacteria in the mouth and nose. 3-5 drops of oil of oregano under the tongue regularly will definitely help. You can also add the drops to water and gargle for a thorough rinse.
Try using a few drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water, and use as a mouthwash or gargle it a few times throughout the day.
Coconut Oil Pulling is also another way of habit that you can start.
Just by swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning can help to eliminate harmful bacteria in the mouth.
It can also whiten your teeth, an additional benefit!
Last but not least, curing bad breath is in your habits.
Get into the habit of brushing your teeth, tongue then floss.
One simple way to remember is the mummybongbong’s way.
BE – Brush using Bass Toothbrush
ONE – Use the OraWellness Healthy Mouth Blend
TOOTH – Brush Your Tongue
FAIRY – Floss Next
SUPERSTAR – Apply the OraWellness Shine Remineralizing Tooth Whitening Powder.
Final Thoughts on Removing Bad Breath From Your Mouth
Have you used any of the above to stop bad breath?
Let me know what is the best method for you.