When a person produces bad breath while exhaling out, the condition is called bad breath or Halitosis (in medical terms). Bad breath can be a real turn off for the person standing next to you or talking to you directly. The main areas from where bad odor arises are mouth (tongue and gums), stomach, tonsils, nose, and esophagus. It is also considered as a sign of poor health condition. When you consume food that has a strong odor, like onion and garlic, odor retains in your mouth and doesn’t go away even after you do brushing and flossing as they will just remove the odor temporarily. The odor will be removed completely only when such foods are passed out of your body.
- Dental decay that causes food stagnation in mouth
- Oral ulcers
- Oral infections
- Not cleaning dentures or false teeth regularly
- Menstrual cycle (during the middle of cycle)
- Sometimes, medications cause dry mouth and causes bad odor
- Nose and throat infections
- Indigestion that causes belching
- Eating food with a strong stench, such as garlic and onions
- Red swollen gums that bleed easily
- Plaque on teeth
- Swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, and stuffy nose
- Dry mouth
- Turning off smell from mouth
- Smell while you belch
- Stains on teeth and inside mouth
- White, dry tongue
Home Remedies for Treating Bad Breath
1. Green Tea/ Black Tea
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that works to flush out toxins out of your body. Drinking green tea in the morning can help you get rid of bad breath and makes you feel refreshed and energized the whole day. Green tea and black tea have polyphenols that fight against bacteria that create bad odor in the mouth.
Water is the natural substance that hydrates your mouth, hence keeping the bad odor at bay. Drink plenty of water before you sleep to prevent morning breath odors.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a reliable cure for several ailments and disorders and bad breath is no exception to the fact. Here, you can use it as a mouth gargle. Put some apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a glass of water. Gargle with it for around 10 seconds before you spit it out. It will cleanse your mouth thoroughly while treating the entire bad odor, present in it.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is helpful in changing the acidic levels of your mouth, and by doing so; it creates unfavorable conditions for bacteria to breed within your mouth. This way, it prevents bad breath. Put some baking soda on your toothbrush and brush nicely all over your teeth. You can also simply opt for a toothbrush that contains baking soda as one of the compositions.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been known to treat acne and blemishes, but very few people know about its other therapeutic benefits. Put a few drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water. Make use of it as a mouthwash for it effectively removes existing bacteria from mouth, making you feel refreshed. You can use it 3-4 times in a day.
6. Citrus Fruits
Citric acid is found in citrus fruits, which stimulates the saliva, deactivating and killing the bacteria responsible for causing bad breath inside mouth.
Parsley contains mild antiseptic- ‘chlorophyll’ that works against the bacteria which creates bad odor inside the mouth. Besides, swallowing parsley leaves also aids in solving the indigestion and gastric problems.
Consuming avocados basically kill the bacteria present in your stomach and thus, correcting the gastric decomposition and curing the problem of bad breath also.
9. Unripe Guavas
Guava is one such fruits that are loaded with a plethora of nutrients, like manganese, calcium, and oxalate. Besides, it is also rich in malic acid and oxalic acid that are highly efficacious against halitosis. It is also beneficial for promoting teeth and gum health.
People suffering from the problem of halitosis should drink plentiful of vegetable and fruit juices as they are pretty helpful in fighting and treating the problem of halitosis.
The aromatic flavor of cardamom seeds serves as a mouth freshener in treating the bad breath and its symptoms. It is easily available at home and is one of the most effectual ways to get rid of the problem.
12. Chewing Gum
Chewing gums keep the saliva of your mouth flowing and prevents your mouth from drying out and hence, they are effective against fighting the problem of bad odor.
13. Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
A cup of tea prepared from fenugreek seeds helps to eradicate the problem of bad breath.
14. Sunflower Seeds
Munch some sunflower seeds, followed with a glass of water, after taking meals. This will relieve you from bad breath, naturally.
Chew some pieces of cloves or sip clove tea to alleviate bad breath.
Homeopathic Medicines for Curing Bad Breath
1. Arnica montana
This remedy is recommended when the mouth is extremely dry, and the patient feels constant thirst for water. There is bleeding and swelling in the gums due to tooth extraction or any other dental treatment. Patient often passes foul gases from stomach.
2. Antim Crude
It is the quintessential homeopathic remedy for bad breath, stomach complaints and for coated tongue that produces bad odor. It is one the most effective remedies for bad odor in children.
3. Ars alb
When a person experiences bloody saliva with bad odor, this one is recommended. It is also effective against gastric problems and symptoms, like vomiting from eating or drinking something.
When abdominal strain is accompanied by bad breath, this remedy works superb. Patients’ discharges are offensive all the time.
5. Aurum met
It is precisely meant for girls at their puberty. There is a severe ulceration in gums. This is also effective against destructed body tissues and bones.
Swollen gums with mouth ulcers. Tongue coated with yellowish coating and the patient often feels it quite difficult to swallow solid food.
Borax is effective against bad breath that is accompanied with ulcers and fungal infections in the mouth. Ulcers are so sensitive that they start bleeding when touched even slightly. It is quite effective in children suffering from bad breath.
This remedy is quintessential for dark browned, dry, and cracked lips. The symptoms when this medicine is used are thirsty throat with coated tongue and a feeling of heaviness after having eaten something.
Some other effective homeopathic medications are- Calcium fluoride, Carbo veg, Chelidonium, Grafite, etc.
- Regular visit to a dentist (at least twice a year is recommended).
- Brush at least 2 times a day.
- Brush your tongue gently and with side motions to remove any bacteria present on it.
- Replace your toothbrush in every 2 months as the bristles become ineffective over a period of time.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Drink ample of water to keep your mouth hydrated and odor-free.
- If you eat foods with ingredients, such as onions and garlic, brush right after that to do not let odor produce in your mouth.