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Effective Home Remedies For Bad Breath

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Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits all contribute to a healthy mouth and fresh breath. Adding some simple home remedies to your dental routine can also help fight off bad breath and halitosis. Here are some easy remedies for bad breath.

How to stop bad breath?


Brush and Floss

Brushing and flossing is an important part of good oral care. When this is not done consistently, food particles remain in the mouth, causing bad breath. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss daily to help reduce plaque, bacteria, and odor-causing food particles. Flossing can also help stop periodontal disease, which may also cause bad breath.

Clean Your Tongue

Paying particular attention to your tongue while brushing your teeth can also help with bad breath. Halitosis-causing compounds form on your tongue and in your mouth when bacteria and amino acids combine, causing an unpleasant sulfur-like smell—effectively cleaning your tongue helps keep your breath fresh.

Use a Mouthwash

Often feel like hiding after having a meal with garlic or onion? Use a mouthwash to quickly freshen your breath and stop the smell caused by certain foods. Add an antibacterial mouthwash to your dental routine. This helps reduce plaque and gingivitis, giving your mouth a pleasant aroma.


Do you drink enough water? When your mouth doesn't have enough moisture to produce saliva, odor-causing bacteria can develop. A dry mouth can be caused by several things, including side effects of medications, medical conditions, and diseases. It can also occur while you're sleeping or after an intense workout. Drinking water is an easy way to curb dry mouth and bad breath. Remember to keep hydrated throughout the day, and start your mornings with a fresh glass of water to help eliminate overnight bacteria. Consider tracking how much water you drink in a day. This is an easy way to see if your water intake affects your breath.


Certain foods like raw onions and garlic can affect how your breath smells. Cutting back or avoiding these food items can assist with improving mouth odor.

These quick and easy steps can help fight bad breath, so remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, tongue clean, and add an antibacterial mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine for that extra fresh breath. Drink more water; it's good for your entire body too, and try avoiding foods that cause bad breath.


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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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