Do Natural Bad Breath Remedies Work? The Answer May Surprise You

Have you ever been embarrassed by bad breath? Almost everyone has. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 50 percent of people struggle with bad breath, also called halitosis, at some point. Many folks try using mouthwash or breath spray. Before turning to these products, though, you can try some natural bad breath remedies. Items from your kitchen have bacteria-busting and deodorizing properties that make them pretty effective against bad breath.

Find Bad Breath Busters in Your Kitchen

Here are some all-natural remedies that can help freshen your breath:

  • Green Tea – This beverage contains antioxidants called polyphenols that neutralize sulfur compounds and halt odor-causing bacteria. Sip unsweetened green tea throughout the day as a refreshing way to keep your breath fresh.
  • Parsley – The chlorophyll in parsley halts the bacteria that cause odor. While parsley often appears on your plate as a garnish, chewing it can eliminate bad smells like garlic or onion.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV changes your mouth’s pH level to kill bacteria. Mix 2 teaspoons in a glass of water. Don’t brush for at least 30 minutes after consuming, since the acidic substance temporarily weakens your tooth enamel. To avoid contact with your teeth, you can also take it as a supplement in pill form. 
  • Cinnamon Oil – Dab a drop of cinnamon essential oil on your tongue or chew a stick. The spice’s antimicrobial compounds inhibit bacteria growth.

Chewing Gum Gets Saliva Flowing to Fight Bad Breath

You may reach for a piece of gum if your breath is stinky. That’s an effective strategy. This works by stimulating saliva flow. Saliva washes away problematic bacteria. A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice found that chewing gum significantly reduced the compounds in your mouth that cause bad breath. Another recommendation for cinnamon oil! The study found that gum with cinnamon oil worked well on one specific compound.

Make sure to chew sugar-free gum, so you don’t increase your risk for cavities. For the biggest benefit, choose a gum that contains xylitol, a sweetener that naturally fights decay. 

For a Long-Term Fix, Treat Dental Causes of Bad Breath

Of course, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily too. If your bad breath persists, even with good oral hygiene and after trying these options, you should schedule a dental exam. You may need an extra-through cleaning to remove odor-causing bacteria that you’ve missed when brushing and flossing at home. It’s also possible that underlying dental issues like cavities or gum disease are causing the problem. These issues are easiest to treat when we discover them early. Because of this, you should see us at least once every six months for an exam. 

If your bad breath still doesn’t go away, even after dental treatment, it’s a good idea to see your physician. Halitosis can also be a sign of acid reflux, or even kidney and liver problems.

Go ahead and give these bad breath remedies a try! But see us for persistent halitosis. Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS at 219-641-3422 to schedule an appointment in Crown Point, IN. You can also schedule online.