Ever came across a scenario when you are talking to someone and they take a step back from you because of the bad breath? That is quite embarrassing, isn’t it? Bad breath can lead to many such awkward situations.
Eating food full of ingredients like garlic and onion can be one of the reasons for bad breath. When these food ingredients are digested, sulphur is produced. This upon reaching the lungs can cause stinky breath.
Apart from these known food ingredients that are known to produce bad odour, most of the cases of bad breath occur in the mouth itself. When you eat, almost all kinds of food get stuck in your teeth. When you do not pay attention to your oral hygiene and brush those remains daily, it can lead to the growth of bacteria in your mouth that can cause bad breath. If you do not brush away this plaque buildup on an everyday basis, it can lead to another smelly and much more painful process called tooth decay.
Other causes of bad breath can include acid reflux, kidney failure, diabetes complications or even starting a new diet like Keto.
5 Home Remedies for Bad Breath
- Salt Water Rinse
The quickest way to get rid of bad breath is to do a salt rinse after every meal. All you have to do is take one teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and rinse your mouth thoroughly with it. Swish the saline water in your mouth for at least 30 seconds and repeat the process after every meal.
We all have heard of how cloves are now being used in toothpaste preparation to make your teeth stronger. It is because it can help you fight the bacteria in your mouth and make you feel fresh within seconds. If you have bad breath, suck on one or two cloves for a few seconds and throw it away. Your breath would turn super sweet after using this home remedy for bad breath.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
If you have eaten something full of ginger or onion and want to get rid of the stinky breath? Apple Cider Vinegar is the solution. Simply add 10-15mL of apple cider vinegar solution in a glass of water and swish your mouth with this concoction. Do this for 3-5 times after a meal and combat the odour produced by sulphur production.
- Parsley It is one of the most common folk remedies to get rid of the bad breath. Parsely is known for its fresh scent and high content of chlorophyll and can have a deodorizing effect on your bad breath. You can chew on a few leaves of parsley after a meal and get rid of the odour in your breath quickly!
- Fennel Seeds or Saunf
Fennel seeds are being used in India as ‘mukhwas’ or mouth freshener to get rid of the after-meal smell. You can consume a few fennel seeds after a meal and get a fresh breath instantly.
The Bottom Line: Maintain a Good Oral Hygiene
The easiest and must be done remedy is maintaining good oral hygiene.
- Do not forget to brush your teeth at least twice a day. To take extra precautions, you can brush your teeth after every major meal like lunch or dinner or after a lot of sugar intake.
- Along with brushing, flossing is a technique that can help you get rid of the food particles stuck in your teeth.
- Did you know that bacteria can grow not only on teeth but on your tongue as well? You can get rid of this bacteria buildup by cleaning your tongue regularly. You can either brush your tongue or use a specialized tongue scraper to do it daily.
Try these quick home remedies for bad breath and share your feedback with us in the comments. If the bad breath persists, don’t forget to make an appointment with your dentist as it can be due to a major underlying cause like diabetes, renal failure etc. Always remember to make regular appointments with your dentist to maintain good oral hygiene.
If you are suffering from bleeding gums, check out our list of home remedies for bleeding gums here.