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What are the Best Bad Breath Remedies?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
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Bad breath is a condition that just about everyone experiences at one time or another. Depending on the reasons for the foul-smelling breath, there are a number of different remedies that will banish the noxious aroma that drives people away, and leave the breath fresh and inviting. Some of these methods are simple strategies that can be managed at home, while other approaches may require the help of a professional.

One of the most basic bad breath remedies has to do with assessing dental hygiene. People who do not brush after each meal, use mouthwash on a regular basis, or utilize dental floss from time to time greatly enhance the chances for bad breath. Talking with a dentist and learning how to practice proper dental hygiene with greatly minimize the incidence of bad breath, as well as help prevent a number of health problems.

Making other lifestyle changes is another approach to banishing bad breath. Avoid the use of tobacco products, and limit consumption of coffee. Basic changes in habits of this nature are among some of the simplest bad breath remedies, and may also help the individual to feel better in general.

Assuming that the dental hygiene regimen is good, the problem may have to do with the types of foods consumed. Garlic and onions are notorious for causing bad breath, but other foods like asparagus may also trigger the condition with some people. Try leaving off some of the foods that seem to cause the breath to go sour, and see if some type of difference takes place.

Herbs are among the favorite bad breath remedies for many people. Chewing a small amount of mint leaves can often freshen the breath considerably. Parsley also is a great cure for bad breath. Brewing a simple tea with several sprigs of parsley and a small amount of ground cloves creates a beverage that is not only healthy, but also will help banish bad breath quickly. Some people find that chewing guava also has an immediate effect, as does chewing orange or lemon rinds.

There are instances in which the origin of the bad breath is a digestive problem. When this is the case, bad breath remedies like eating guava may be the ideal solution. Guava is an excellent source of minerals like calcium and magnesium, as well as containing tannic and phosphoric acids that can help with the digestive disorder. As the problems in the digestive tract subside, the breath begins to improve noticeably.

When simple bad breath remedies don’t seem to eliminate the problem, there may be an underlying health issue causing the foul breath. A physician can run the proper tests to determine if the bad breath is a symptom of a serious issue, and take steps to treat the problem before the condition worsens. Often, the bad breath will begin to subside as the treatment begins to make an impact on the health problem, making it possible to once again maintain fresh breath by practicing good dental hygiene.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGEEK, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

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