What can be done for bad breath?

Have you ever talked to someone and suddenly recoil in disgust from the odor emanating from their mouth? Or worse yet, been that person who just can’t seem to get rid of bad breath no matter what you do? It’s a problem nobody wants to have but everyone has experienced at some point. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of ways to combat this stinky issue!

First Things First: Identify the Cause

Bad breath or halitosis is caused by numerous things such as poor dental hygiene, certain foods, medications and even underlying health issues. Knowing what causes your individual case can help determine which treatment method would be best for you.

Dental Hygiene

The number one cause of bad breath is due to poor dental hygiene (shocking I know). Not properly brushing and flossing allows food particles and bacteria linger in your mouth which leads to an unpleasant smell emanating from within.


Certain foods such as onions, garlic or anything spicy can also leave behind an unwelcome scent when they’re broken down during digestion.

Health Problems

While rarer than other reasons it isn’t unheard of for certain illnesses like diabetes or acid reflux disease could exacerbate a patient’s tendency towards producing foul odors.

Treatment Options

Now that we’ve identified the source let’s go over different options available!

Brush & Floss Regularly

If not already doing so – step up your oral healthcare routine with brushing twice daily and flossing regularly; this will help remove any leftover debris before it turns into a greater issue.

Tip: Fair warning – Avoid toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) may irritate membranes inside the nose and trigger allergies– making matters much worse!

Mouthwash That Helps

Alternatively adding fluoride-laced antimicrobial mouthwash might work better with freshening the mouth.

Chew on This

Chewing gum and mints make for an effective – albeit temporary solution. These products contain essential oils that fight off bacteria, neutralizing it in your mouth while giving your breath that #FreshFeeling

Tip: Saddle up with sugarless varieties to prevent any spike in blood pressure or weight gain issues by excessive chewing habits.

Seek Professional Assistance

If symptoms persist after all attempts at rectifying have been exhausted, consider a visit to the dentist who can better determine what kind of treatment is required based on their observations.

Do’s & Don’ts

– Drink Lots of Water which will stimulate saliva glands thereby keeping breath moist
– Be proactive when rectifying bad odors instead of waiting until they become unbearable.
– Choose foods rich in vitamins C and D such as leafy green vegetables) to help promote healthy oral hygiene

– Consume sugary/drinks or eat anything too spicy or garlic-rich ahead of significant social interactions/life events where presentations matter.

Cleansing Tips & Tricks!

The following cleansing tips are exceptional standalone methods – great alternatives worth considering:

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses

While there isn’t much research on this trend; studies show ACV has proven bacterial killing potential because commonly found pathogens (bad bacteria agents we’re trying to avoid) thrive inside surfaces with a high pH range. ACV boasts maintaining excellent antiseptic natural properties leading one study conducted suggesting “reductions could reach 90%”. Add two teaspoons apple cider vinegar mixed into water mixture gargled once daily should produce impressive results!

Tip: Fair warning – Never use undiluted version since Acidic solutions might cause throat irritation.

Essential Oils Sprinkles

Simply combining peppermint oil, tea tree oil, clove oil and Eucalyptus (antimicrobial essential oils with proven germ fighting properties) can help eliminate odours upon usage regularly.
Add 10 drops of essential oil into one cup of water and swish around your mouth after meals for up to thirty seconds; not only does it bring freshness, but also antibacterial protection

Tip: Ensure never swallowing or ingesting this mixture since some essentials are unsafe for consumption!


There you have it– a myriad of ways assured to take care of bad breath issues on the spot no matter where you stand! You shouldn’t have to feel self-conscious throughout important life moments – so don’t hesitate applying these fantastic remedies today- Happy freshening!

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