8 Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Bad Breath

Whether we ate a salad with lots of onions or we just enjoyed a cup of coffee, bad breath happens to the best of us. But there are those who suffer from chronic bad breath; and this is likely caused by imbalances in mouth bacteria or poor oral hygiene. 

The good news is that there are easy, natural remedies to banish bad breath that don’t involve a sugary piece of gum.

1. Brush after every meal

This one is obvious, but brushing as often as you can for at least two minutes will prevent bacteria from sticking to food particles in your mouth (which then releases foul-smelling sulfur compounds). And don’t forget to floss at least once per day!

2. Replace your toothbrush every three months

While we’re discussing brushing, let’s not forget that it’s recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months. This is not so Oral B makes more money, it’s actually proven that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than an older one (source). Also, as bristles become worn out they are more prone to bacterial growth. 

3. Drink plenty of water

The more water you drink, the better your saliva flow, which keeps your mouth moist and discourages bacterial growth. A dry mouth is often the cause of bad breath, which is why most of us wake up with stinky breath. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

4. Scrape your tongue every morning

Scraping your tongue should be a part of your daily oral hygiene. Bacteria grows on your tongue, causing a bad odor. Removing a layer of film from your tongue with a scraper like this one, can help.

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5. Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind

This tip is not as well known, but lemon and orange have antimicrobial properties. Also, the citric acid stimulates saliva production. Peel the rind straight from either a lemon or orange and chew it. 

6. Gargle with a salt water rinse

Salt water is slightly acidic, so it can prevent the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Try this recipe:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Mix the salt and water, then swish around your mouth for about 10 seconds and spit out. Do not swallow.

7. Breath through your nose, not your mouth

Mouth breathing reduces saliva flow, creating a dry mouth. And a dry mouth is a breading ground for bacteria. Try this nose breathing exercise from Dr. Steven Lin: Hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth, behind your front teeth. Breathe in through your nose, making your belly rise. Breathe in for 3 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds. Do this for 2-3 minutes daily.

8. Use essential oils

Many essential oils have properties that support cleansing, fighting bacteria, and treating dry mouth. Take a look at these essential oils that are recommended for bad breath: 

  • Peppermint – helps fight off germs and neutralize mouth odor. 
  • Lemon – adding a few drops of lemon oil to water can help reduce acid indigestion. 
  • Clove – for years, it has been used in candies, gum, and dental preparations due to its ability to cleanse the mouth and help freshen breath. 
  • Orange – rich in the antioxidant limonene, orange oil may help to fight bad breath causing microbes (source). 
  • Spearmint – freshens breath and cleanses the mouth (that’s why it’s used in lots of toothpastes).  

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And if you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic toothpaste and mouthwash, these are the ones my family uses: 

  • On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste – natural and fluoride-free solution to help clean teeth, reduce plaque, and whiten teeth with gentle polishing agents.
  • On Guard Mouthwash – alcohol-free and formulated to clean teeth and gums, reduce plaque, and promote a healthy–looking mouth

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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