Visiting your dentist on a regular basis, along with meticulous oral hygiene, is the key to oral health.
For embarrassing oral health issues like bad breath, however, you can actually fix it at the comfort of your own home instead of going to your dentist right away.
Again, good oral hygiene is (and will always be) the number one remedy, but you can do a whole lot more than that. Here are some home remedies to help you out.
When you suffer from bad breath, one of the first things you probably do is reach for that bottle of mint-flavored mouthwash. And while the mint can help make your mouth feel and smell fresh in an instant, it is only a temporary fix.
The thing about mouthwash is that they tend to kill both good and bad bacteria in your mouth. So here comes a much better solution – probiotics. Probiotics work by shifting the ratio of good and bad bacteria in your mouth which, in turn, leads to better health.
The best example of a probiotic-rich food is yogurt. To use it as remedy, try swishing it all around your mouth.
Cinnamon consists of an essential oil called cinnamic aldehyde, which helps fight bad breath by reducing the amount of bad bacteria in the mouth.
Make a cinnamon mouthwash by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of boiling water. Mix in some bay leaf and cardamom seeds. Allow for a few minutes to infuse, then strain. Use the solution as a mouth rinse twice a day.
Like cinnamon, cloves also have that antibacterial benefit that helps get rid of the foul odor. There are two ways to use this as home remedy.
You can chew whole pieces of cloves or make them into a tea that you can rinse your mouth with.
To make clove tea, add a teaspoon of ground clove into boiling water, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
The use of lemon juice in bad breath has been known for generations already. This acidic fruit can prevent the growth of bacteria, while at the same time masking the foul odor with its strong, pleasant smell.
Prepare this home remedy by stirring in a tablespoon of lemon juice in a cup of water. You may add some salt for better effects.
Not only will the solution solve bad breath itself, but it shall address dry mouth as well.
Apple Cider Benefits
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and fighting bad breath is one of them. Aside from being an antibacterial, it also has some pH-balancing properties.
To use it as home remedy, mix a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. You may use it as a gargle or drink it before meals. Drinking the mixture shall help cure bad breath by improving your digestion.
If you don’t notice any improvement after a few weeks of trying these remedies, you may now seek your dentist and/or physician for help. Sometimes, the cause of bad breath goes beyond poor oral hygiene.
Learn more about the possible causes of bad breath in this article.