6 natural remedies to get rid of bad breath

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Bad breath can be embarrassing and can make a person withdrawn and very self-conscious. Hundreds of bacteria live in our mouths and some of them on the tongue or below the gum-line or in pockets created by diseases between gums and teeth, which create sulfur or rotten egg smells known as bad breath.

Read the tips below and know how to get rid of bad breath easily to avoid embarrassing situations with friends and family.

Warm Salt Water Rinse

A salt water (saline solution) rinse can prevent the buildup of infectious bacteria in the mouth or throat. The effect is probably due to salt water’s slight acidity. This prevents the ‘alkalizing’ environment that encourages the growth of microbes that cause bad breath. Salt water is a great, simple home remedy.

Brush and floss more often.

The sticky buildup on your teeth is called plaque. It collects bacteria that cause bad breath. If you don’t brush and also floss well, your mouth breaks down the tiny chunks of food that are caught between your teeth. This can give off an odour that can smell like rotten eggs. Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. If you’re concerned about your breath, do both a little more often. However, don’t brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to tooth decay.


Continually chewing sugar-free gum can cure bad breath by promoting and also maintaining a healthy flow of saliva in the mouth and throat. Most sugar-free gums also contain mouth freshening flavors like mint that give you odour-free breath for hours.

Scrape your tongue.

Normally the coating that forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush. This removes bacteria, food debris, and also dead cells that brushing alone can’t take care of. You may spit out yellow saliva after you scrape. Rinse your mouth after each process.


Eat unripe guava anytime during the day. It is loaded with vitamin C, tannic acid, malic acid, and also oxalate. Guava is an apt remedy for bleeding and diseased gums, bad breath, and also sensitive teeth. Chew on this wonder fruit to improve your overall oral health.

Avoid foods that sour your breath.

Brushing  your teeth after you eat foods such as onions and garlic doesn’t help. The substances that cause their bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and also travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out. Avoid eating them before you go to work or see friends. Also, avoid processed foods and sugar which can cause some bacteria in your mouth to be overfed, which sets off an odour.

Also, avoid smoking tobacco and cigarette which can stain your teeth and damage your gums as well as give you bad breath.

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