Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, fetor oris, ozostomia or stomatodysodia is one of the most embarrassing conditions one can have. Even more so, the person suffering from bad breath may not be aware of it, in most cases. Scientists say that almost half of the world population has suffered from bad breath at a given moment. The causes for bad breath can be multiple, ranging from strong tasting meals, smoking or pre-existing medical conditions.
Most Common Causes of Bad Breath
Bacteria. The sulfur producing bacteria in the oral cavity can be a cause for halitosis, when they decompose proteins at a high rate. This is what happens when one follows a high proteins diet and his body is in ketosis state.
Dental problems. Severe periodontitis (infections around teeth), gum diseases, tartar build below gum-line, and poor oral hygiene are directly related to bad breath. In fact, 90% of bad breath cases are caused by a poor oral hygiene.
Dry mouth. This is a condition highly affected by frequent alcohol consumption, smoking, taking medication etc. Dry mouth can also be triggered by stress or a medical condition.
Post-nasal drip. Excess mucus in the nasal and oral cavity, triggered by chronic sinusitis, colds, allergies, deviated septum, certain medication or even some foods can cause post-nasal drip that leads to bad breath.
Tonsillitis. In some rare cases, the decay tissue on the surface of the tonsils, also known as tonsillitis, can be the cause of very bad breath.
GERD. Acid reflux and bile acid are a common cause of bad breath, in case the valve linking the stomach to the esophagus has some motility disorders. This leads to GERD or hiatal hernia. In both cases, the acid in the stomach penetrates the esophagus and releases the digestive gases in the oral cavity, causing halitosis.
Chronic diseases. Kidney failure, some carcinomas and metabolic or biochemical dysfunctions can cause bad breath in some situations.
Diet. Garlic, onion, some spices or even dairy foods have the ability to further bad breath. Alcohol and coffee can also be the cause of halitosis. Bacteria in the mouth tend to release important amounts of gas when they decompose proteins, that is why it is very important to brush your teeth well, every time after you eat meat.
Smoking. Smoking leads to a diminishing in the oxygenation of the oral cavity tissues, leading to halitosis.
Other Bad Breath Related Symptoms Except Foul Odor
- A whitish membrane that covers the dorsal part of the tongue
- A persistent dry mouth
- Plaque formations on teeth
- Bad breath in the morning
- Post-nasal drip
- A burning tongue sensation
- Thick saliva
- The need to clear throat constantly
- A constant metallic or sour taste in the mouth
How to Cure Bad Breath Naturally with Home Remedies
First off, you need to understand that there is no proper cure for bar breath, because bad breath is often a symptom of another condition, rather than a medical problem per se.
Staying hydrated at all times and keeping a good oral hygiene are the first two things you can do to prevent and treat bad breath.
However, there are a 12 effective home remedies for bad breath that we want to share with you. It is very important though, that while doing one of the bad breath remedies below, to exclude white bread, sugar, coffee and alcohol from your diet.
Oil Pulling Treatment for Bad Breath. Rinse your mouth well with 1 tbsp. of cold-pressed organic sunflower oil. The oil pulling should last for 20 minutes, then spit it out. It is important to spit all the oil out without accidentally swallowing, because through rinsing it accumulates a lot of toxins. Instead of sunflower oil, you can also use coconut oil for pulling. Immediately after the oil pulling rinse your mouth well with water and salt. Then brush your teeth well and thoroughly clean the whitish substance from the surface of your tongue. When you start the oil pulling treatment, it’s even better if you do it 2-4 times per day, and then continue doing it every morning, for maintenance. Together with a Tibetan clay cure for stomach cleanse and detox, the oil pulling will cure your halitosis for good.
Tibetan Clay for Halitosis. Clay water is one of the best natural treatments for bad breath. Add 2 tbsp. of Tibetan clay to a liter of water and stir really well. Use this clay water to rinse your mouth first thing in the morning. Tibetan clay is also very good used internally, because it is a great throat and stomach cleanser.
Sea Salt Gargle. First thing in the morning make a gargle with salted water for 2-3 minutes. To prepare the salted water is quite simple. Just add 1 tsp. of coarse organic salt in a cup of warm water. You can then continue with the oil pulling treatment above.
Propolis Halitosis Remedy. Chew on 1 gr of propolis every day (the size of a corn kernel) for 2-3 hours, and then swallow it. Propolis is a very powerful mouth bacteria killer, which is a leading cause of bad breath.
Baking Soda for Bad Breath. After brushing your teeth well, soak the tip of your toothbrush in baking soda and rub it well on your teeth, tongue and gums. This is a great natural way to end bad breath.
7 Herbal Remedies for Bad Breath that Work
A simple anise remedy. Bad breath can be cured with this simple recipe that you can do at home. Make a mix with 30 g anise berries, 30 g aniseeds and 20 g of thyme. Boil this herbal mix for 10 minutes in ½ l of homemade white wine, or organic white wine. Split the quantity in 2 and drink it sip by sip, in small gulps, in 2 separate rounds. Continue with this remedy until the bad breath is gone.
Breckland thyme tea. Make a simple decoction by boiling 2 tbsp. of breckland thyme for 8-10 minutes in a cup of water. Leave covered for 10 minutes after it has boiled. Use this marvelous tea to rinse your mouth with after every meal.
Walnut leaves gargle. In addition to the breckland thyme tea rinse, drink a decoction made from walnut leaves. For this, add 3 tbsp. of walnut leaves in a cup of water. Boil the leaves for 5 minutes and then strain the obtained tea. Gargle well with the warm walnut leaves tea for 3-4 times a day. Do the last gargle right before bedtime, after you’ve brushed your teeth well.
A herbal mix for bad breath. Make a mix of equal parts of: yarrow, horsetail, marigolds and sage leaves. Add a large pinch of this dried herbal mix into a cup of hot water. Infuse shortly, strain and use ¾ of the tea to gargle. Use the tea warm. Slowly drink the rest of the tea unsweetened, in short sips for the following 10-15 minutes. Continue this treatment even after the bad breath problem is over.
Wormwood tea cure. This is a great home remedy for bad breath from stomach and it goes like this. Make an infusion with 1 tsp. of dried and minced wormwood in 500 ml of boiling water. Keep the tea covered for 15-20, then strain it. Drink the wormwood tea 30 minutes before meals. The prepared quantity is for 1 day, in 3 reps. This is a week-long treatment. Pause for the following week and then resume it for another week.
Sage tea for bad breath. Make a warm sage tea and use it for gargles 3 times a day. Continue until the halitosis symptoms are all gone.
Cure for Halitosis with dill seeds. Chewing on dill seeds is another effective home remedy for bad breath you can try.