Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apples and Cheddar Cheese
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Avoid Dairy
- Avoid Gluten and Dairy
- Avoid Sweeteners
- Baking Soda
- Chewing Cardamon or Cloves
- Cinnamon and Honey
- Coffee Bean
- Colloidal Silver
- Cream of Tarter
- Deep Breathing
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Garlic Tabs
- General Feedback
- Goldenseal and Echinacea
- Good Oral Hygiene, Nasal Cleansing and Supplements
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- H. Pylori Cause
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Magnesium, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Manuka Honey
- Multiple Remedies
- Neti Pot
- Oil Pulling
- Over the Counter
- Pranayama Breathing, H2O2
- Remedies Needed
- Salt Water Gargle
- See a Dentist
- Sinus Connection
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Tongue Scrape
[YEA] 06/01/2006: Brenda from Brooksville, MS: "I use it to rinse my mouth, after I brush my teeth. Cures bad breath."
[YEA] 01/10/2006: Lathosha from Longview, TX: ""i've used hydrogen peroxide for about 2 yrs. I use it as a mouthwash every morning. I don't suffer with bad breath at all."Replies
[YEA] 03/24/2012: Jj from Abuja, Nigeria replies: "I've been at war with bad breath for over 25 yrs, been to several dental clinics with no positive feedbacks... Bt I was lucky to find this site and Hydrogen peroxide has renewed me, am a new person now, bye bye to a lifetime of chewing gum, finally free. It works 100%. God bless you guys."
[YEA] 02/08/2013: Gentlebounce from Charleston,, S.c. Usa replies: "Hydrogen Peroxide for Bad Breath: I just want to thank everyone for their input toward this website. A BIG God bless you, to everyone of you. I came across this site looking for help with my fibroids and this site has done that. I also was looking for help with my Bad Breath. This site did that. Thanks a million. I just hit the lottery! (lol). I feels like it though. Amazing results on both of my problems. Now I've been on this site since 9am this morning. I stop once to cook dinner. This site I soooo informational- I can't get off. I know it had to be a child of the KING that came up with this and what a big heart you have. It also helps me to connect with people. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! God Bless!"
07/28/2014: Andy from Dubai, UAE replies: "Hi. I am surprised to know that you have been cured. I'm facing the problem of bad breath from last 4 years.
Can you tell me if using hydrogen peroxide safe and can we use it for long term . or its just a temporary benefit."
[YEA] 12/15/2005: Sharon from NYC: "My boyfriend started using pysillium husks a few weeks ago to cleanse his intestinal tract. He felt great, but my God! his breath became so foul!! After a few days of being polite, I finally figured that I needed to say something and help him find a cure. I figured it had to have been caused by a change in his intestinal flora from the pysllium. The change must have caused severe candida overgrowth. His tongue was coated in white -- a sure sign. I had him take a few capsules of ParaGone (it was what was leftover in my medicine cabinet) to start to kill off the candida. That seemed to help, but didn't completely stop the halitosis. This is going to sound gross, but I made him open his mouth to detect whether the stench was coming from his breath, or from his teeth. I have particularly good smell and pinpointed that the smell was coming from the upper right side of his mouth! Well, after that I had him soak his mouth in straight hydrogen peroxide for about 3 minutes. Once it foamed up, I had him to it again. That was the cure! No more bad breath! The peroxide did make his tongue sensitive for a few days, so I would suggest to anyone trying this that they dilute the peroxide in water. I think that bad breath is often a sign of candida or yeast overgrowth so killing it in the mouth with peroxide AND taking some kind of candida cleanse is the answer. One more note: I read on the internet that it can take up to 3 weeks to cure bad breath. Well, this took a few minutes with the peroxide. Don't believe what you read! Hope this helps some of your readers. Thanks."
[YEA] Sharon from Branson, MO: "Just a note to the readers and especially to Sharon from NYC. One thing that psyllium does so very well is clean out the bowell. In doing this it also cleans out toxins that have been stored in all those little folds of your intestines. The coating on your boyfriend's tongue was more likely just a sign that his body was releasing toxins and not a sign of candida overgrowth. Bad breath can also a sign of toxins being released. They have to come out somehow. Drinking more water sometimes helps. I am glad to know about the peroxide mouth wash although I don't think it would be good to do very often. BTW, Psyllium promotes growth of good bacteria for the stomach & intestines. Another reason a Candida overgrowth was unlikely."
[YEA] Carolyn from Slidell, LA: "I had bad breath really terrible. I use 3% HP drug store for mouthwash twice a day. It works. I am reading on your site I should not use 3% drug store in my mouth. I do not swallow it and I rinse my mouth with fresh water after use of H2O2 to remove the thick foam. Is 3% drug store H2O2 dangerous to use as mouthwash?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Tom from California: "H202 helps bad breath but after a while it comes back again. I think the bacteria becomes immune to it. what should you recommend."Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 02/20/2009: Dee from Windhoek, Katutura, Namibia replies: "i have tried hydrogen peroxide, i use it and the bad breath goes away for a while then it comes back, i want to know if i can drink HP, i smell goo from my nose and my mucus...can i not rinse my nasal passages with HP? PLEASE HELP"
11/13/2009: M. from Ny, Ny replies: "That sounds like a post nasal drip issue. I have the same problem and this works for me:
Try using a Neti pot. It is a small pot you fill with lukewarm water and salt solution. It is used to flush out your nasal passages. Use it 1x - 2x daily to clean out the gunk collecting in the nasal/throat area. Definitely run a search on google and youtube to learn exactly how to use it. It's painless, all natural and definitely helps.
Also, with a tongue scraper, remove any white fuzz that collects at the back of your tongue. When gargling with peroxide (2 tsp of 3% peroxide with 2 tsp of water), tilt your head all the way back and stick out your tongue to ensure the nasty germs that dwell back there are killed. I would never swallow peroxide under any circumstances because I believe it's toxic.
Make sure you rinse & gargle with water thoroughly after."
11/13/2009: M from Ny, Ny replies: "I forgot to add one thing.
Make sure you brush, tongue scrape and Hydrogen Peroxide gargle after each meal for this to work (up to 4x daily as per instructions on HP bottle).
Let us know how this works for you!!"
11/13/2009: Phil from Dearing, Ga, USA replies: "Hello all. I have always heard of people using chlorophyll for bad breath, I do not know if it will work for everyone... But alot of people believe it to have cured their bad breath. These are people that I know personally and not something I have read.
Get you some Clorophyll pills and give it a try.
Hope this helps someone!"
[YEA] 12/28/2009: Ramg66 from Sacramento, Ca replies: "I have had Bad Breath for as long as I can remember, I just recently tried Hydrogen Peroxide. OMG this has worked better than anything I have ever tried, and I have tried all sorts of stuff. I am using it 100% (thats how desperate I was) but will begin to dilute 50/50. Its hard to tell if you have bad breath unless its morning breath, and that is gone too! I am so glad I read this, I hope this is a permanent remedy. Only people who have had this problem can realize my excitement. Good Luck."
[YEA] 01/27/2007: Jodi from Merrillville, IN: "Unlike others, my bad breath is caused by a sinus condition. The phlegm sits in the back of my throat causing bad breath. I was told to try magnesium which is supposed to break it up and makes the passageway clear. For me, it is the first thing to ever clear the throat. I then tried the hydrogen peroxide and no more bad breath. let me know how this works."Replies
[QUESTION] 02/02/2009: Ricardo from Port-Louis, Mauritius replies: "Could you please indicate how much magnesium supplements had to be used and also for how long before noticing any change in the bad breath. Thanks for the great job overall."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 04/15/2011: Lim from Singapore: "By chance we discovered that taking a teaspoon of manuka honey (not mixed with water) gets rid of bad breath for mum almost immediately. She has that problem on and off as she does not have the habit of drinking water. Well, we are glad that Manuka honey works for her all the time."
05/05/2013: Elizabeth from Va Beach, Va: "Lifelong ailments: Hi, I'm hoping I can get some clarity on my situation. I'm a 25 yr old female, and for as long as I can remember (pretty much all my life) I've suffered from bad breath and constipation. And I truly have no idea why. I have excellent dental hygeine, so I know that's not the culprit. No gingivitis or tonsil stones. I've never had the healthiest diet, but I feel like so many people eat horribly, and still don't have bad breath. Not to mention, I've had it since childhood. My mother also has bad breath, but she has dental issues, and her tongue isn't coated and gross like mine. I think I may have really slow digestion, because I can eat a piece of toast and sleep for 2 hours after. Digestive enzymes and apple cider vinegar don't help. I've tried every vitamin and supplement out there. I just don't understand. Everything I eat and drink stays on my tongue until I brush it again. Especially in the back middle of my tongue. It's pretty much made me a social outcast, and I've never really formed any intimate relationships because of my breath. I feel like doctors are so quick to get people in and out, they don't really look for the root cause. I'm not lactose intolerant or have a gluten allergy. I really don't know what could be causing this, but I'm at the end of my rope. I'm sorry this is so long."Replies
05/05/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Try coconut oil, eat it, brush with it, add a dab of baking soda and put a blob in your mouth before bed. Spit in trash in the morning... won't be long."
05/05/2013: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Elizabeth: According to the book, Digestive Wellness (Lipski), if you have halitosis, you may want to do the following:
- be checked for infections (H pylori, GERD, gastric ulcers)
- eliminate constipation (which you mention you have) by increasing your fiber intake, make sure you are properly hydrated, exercise, take magnesium (most of us are deficient), take digestive enzymes, evaluate any medications you are taking which may cause constipation, take vitamin C
- take a good probiotic
- have your HCl levels checked (your food may be fermenting instead of digesting properly) by having your doctor run a comprehensive digestive stool analysis with parasitology evaluation
Perhaps a naturopath instead of a regular doctor might be what you need. In the meantime, the book I mentioned is really interesting and addresses all sorts of digestion problems. You even may be able to find it in your library. They do say that good health begins in the stomach. I hope you find the answers you are seeking. Good luck! Bess"
05/06/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Elizabeth: This looks like an obvious case of "dirty colon". This is usually the case of aged persons, but you must have undergone some kind of exception. Anyway, here's a link to remedy this condition. http://earthclinic.com/cures/colon-cleansing.html
Let us know how you're progressing."
05/06/2013: Traveler from Dallas, Tx replies: "Do you use a tongue scraper? How often do you visit a dentist to clean your teeth and pockets? Have you tried an elimination diet, or a cleanse-- like master cleanser or a raw milk (if you have a reputable dairy nearby) cleanse?
Also, how many grams of fiber from whole foods are you getting, preferably from fruits and vegetables, not from bran or fiber powder? Is it at least 25grams or more? I noticed I would be very constipated for a long time because my average for many years was more around 9-15 grams a day, sometimes not even that. In terms of constipation, and menstrual issues, I was helped a lot by blackstrap molasses: 1-3 tablespoons a day in water normally, and the day before my period or during my period I would take 3 tablespoons two or three times a day.
Also, how much do you sweat? Maybe there's someting wrong with your lymph system and I could see how, having body odor you wouldn't want to emphasize that by sweating but that helps get out the funk and detox somewhat. So if you can encourage sweating with exercise, and also use epsom salts/baking soda (and ginger if you want) baths. Alternatively, you can do hot and cold showers which help the lymph system and the skin because it increases blood flow. It also helps with depression.
And, what type of deodorant are you using? I've been conventional-deodorant free for several years and have run the gamut of baking soda, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, various alternative commercial deodorant. I've now been using perfume oils that are made with essential oils and I'm in LOVE with this stuff."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/23/2013: Bk from Queens, New York, Usa: "I have noticed that my bad breath doubles or triples with exercise. Running, weight training or even brisk walk for 15 odd minutes will boost the bacteria growth in my mouth. Taste in the mouth and the odor just gets worse and worse. I think it also shoots up a lil in the winters.
Spent countless dollars and still go through this hell every day. I think I have tried everything mentioned on this site, some work and some don't which is pretty normal. In the last 10 odd years I have travelled to all different corners of the globe and met different kinds of doctors. From Chinese traditional medicine to African witch craft doctors, from Muslim hakeems to Jewish Rabbis to Bible cures to Buddha meditation to Yoga, from Indian herbal medicine to acupuncture, acupressure, hypnotism therapy, traditional Japanese medicine, Arabic cures to Red Indian remedies, from meeting with old masters of Shaolin Temple to spending time with vegan Baba's of India, from Russian Babushka advice to Allopathic, Osteopathic to homeopathic to German medicine, world renown ENT, GI, and also to top ranked surgeons who completely removed my tonsils. But no permanent cure.
From what I have learned, there is NO CURE known to man for chronic bad breath or Halitosis. It's a genetic disorder and my only hope is that stem cell research will perhaps explore this avenue to finally find a cure. I am sure that will be long after we are gone from this world. (I usually envy and smile at folks who come up with the suggestions to keep a good oral hygiene, floss, diet, carbs, protein, lots of water, green foods, organic juices, good sleep, etc.. The only thought that runs into my mind at these times is, , , "You have NO IDEA what it is"
For now, I think we all just need each other's support and keep trying to treat the problem with different kinds of remedies that are ALL a temporary relief. Sometimes while driving to work, I smile and tell myself, "These are my happy pains".
There is a lot of talk here about 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, please be cautious that it does have side effects. It's abrasive but more importantly it's a poison. 1/2 HP and 1/2 H2O works for a couple of hours but I have yet to hear from any doctor who would recommend this for a long term use. Many dentists would not recommend the use for more than a week. Sometimes they even prescribe ONCE a week for 3 or 4 weeks and that's it. I used 50/50 ratio for a few weeks and got the burning sensation in the throat and nostrils till I got a throat infection. My mucous had blood and the doctors put me on antibiotics to kill the infection. I still use it with 1 and 5 ratio but I know no doctor will recommend it for long term use.
Personally, I will be jumping up and down with joy and happiness if I find any remedy that safely covers up the problem 100% for 4 hours and allows me to eat, drink and talk freely as anyone other person. I will gladly do it in the morning, after lunch and before the bed."
[YEA] 11/08/2011: Zekia from Chicago, Il: "I've had really bad breath for a decade and no one told me... Until my mother. I did a great deal of research on the subject. My Bad breath and gum disease is gone!
1. Buy: Organic coconut oil. Apple cider vinegar. Baking soda, peroxide and soft toothbrush.
2. In the morning, brush teeth with baking soda, then rise with baking soda and peroxide. I squirt a little peroxide into a 1/4 of water. I rinse for 2 minutes and spit it out. Then get a teaspoon of organic coconut oil and swish around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. This will pull toxins from your body and mouth.
3. Do all of this twice daily for a week or so. Your month will feel brand new and the stuff from under your gums will fallout and the gums will heal.
4. Drink two 8 ozs. glasses of water with one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. One early and one later in the day. This will further kill bacteria in the body.
5. Most importantly, change your diet. Eat organic fruits and veggies and green juices. Drop kick dairy, sugar, meat and processed foods. In three days you will feel brand new.
6. Take 5,000 units of D3 daily, Omega 6 and B12. You will become a new person... In less than a week. I guarantee.
Hope this helps!"
[YEA] 01/08/2011: Janne from Philadelphia, Pa: "I like many others on his site have suffered with bad breath for many many years, spent countless dollars on products for relief. I've suffered the humiliation of watching people's reaction when I speak. I've been to doctors and dentists to get help but nothing worked until I decided to attack the problem from three different angles- nasal, oral, and digestive.
Here's how I control it:
In the morning 20 minutes before eatting breakfast I take 3-4 Digestion Enzyme capsules. This aides in breaking down protein, milk, and other hard to digest foods that you eat thru out the day or food that might lay in your digestive track. Then I take 3-5 Probiotics with my breakfast. Purchase a bottle containing 12-15 billion cells per capsule with 8 or more different strains such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium- read the label. I use Udo's Choice-Adult's Probiotic -$19. 99 from Whole Foods (or you can purchase on line. ) A lot of probiotic formulas only contain 1 billion cells per capsule this is not strong enough. This is the healthy bacteria found in yogurt. (Eatting small amounts of yogurt daily will not have the same effect you would have to eat a ton of yogurt). Probiotics loads the small & large intestines with healthy bacteria. Our chicken & dairy products are loaded with antibiotics that weaken the immune system killing good and bad bacteria. We are eatting antibiotics daily which is too much. Eventually the bad bacteria take over causing bad breath and other health problems. Everyone needs to take Probiotics daily even children.
The first morning after taking the Probiotic I noticed that my morning foul breath was gone. A little bad breath in the morning is natural. Most times bad breath comes from the digestive track from decayed undigested food and constipation. If you are constipated make a fruit smoothie in the morning. Leave a reply and I will give you an eazy recipe that I make every morning for myself!
Next I use my Netti Pot for my sinuses 3-5 times a week. I have Chronic Sinunitis. (If you don't have sinus trouble or tonsil stones you don't need to do this step). For the rest of us this helps clear up those smelly tonsil stones in the back of the throat. I use warm water with sea salt, a little baking soda and a few drops of Peroxide. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me and I wanted to share. I hope this cures you too! Good health to you! "Replies
01/08/2011: Mike from Montreal, Quebec, Canada replies: "You may not believe this but has it occurred to you that your bad breath and chronic sinusitis are both related to a common problem which is overgrowth of bad bacterias in your stomach and intestine ? I suspect that you may also have white tongue (please correct me if I am wrong). Tell me if you do because that would exactly describe my condition.
Consuming probiotics is not a solution because if these good bacterias have to always be replenished then that means there are probably more bad bacterias than good ones in your digesting system. I found that you need to FEED these good bacterias with green leafy vegetables so that they can reproduce in your body and thus avoid always having to replenish them in large numbers. Instead of Enzymes you should consider HCL Betaine because this is the natural way to KILL bad bacterias while enzymes would only speed up the breakdown of food.
I can say that I had a severe case of bad bacteria overgrowth and finally I am slowly recovering from this mainly due to a healthier vegetable diet and of course my favorite, HCL Betaine. Artificial Enzymes are very expensive and it is really the HCL in your stomach that is responsible for stimulating your Pancreas to produce enzymes. By consuming Betaine HCL you are increasing your stomach acid and thus increasing the ability for your pancreas to secrete more enzymes naturally. For those with gall bladder issues, Betaine HCL also stimulates the liver to produce larger quantities of Bile that over time would thin out the THICK bile that is responsible for producing stones. This would serve to protect your gall bladders from the risk of accumulating and releasing large quantities of stones in the bile duct that can risk being fatal to your pancreas by blocking enzyme production."
11/23/2011: King from London, Uk replies: "Hi Janne, I have had bad breath (smells like crap) for at least 30 years and carry mints, cardamom and anything else with me. I was diagnosed with severe IBS as a youngster but basically I think I have horrible bacterial gut flora and have lots of decaying matter in my gut. Gums are not great but are only a small part of the problem. Have severe bloating and flatulence (worse than most cows) as well. I have turned vegetarian but eating carbs (which I have to as am a veggie and eat no meat etc) makes things worse. What I do remember is that when I did Atkins diet a few years ago bloating and flatulence stopped. If I drink milk my stomach goes for a six! I am going to try the high dose probiotics as well as HP remedy. Any other suggestions will be most welcome."
06/25/2013: Noori from Bc replies: "Hi there, could you kindly send me the juce smoothies recipe you make. Thank you"
07/12/2014: Mea from Philippines replies: "Hi Jane. I just had tosillectomy. I have tonsil stones but when I go back to work I noticed my co workers still cover their noses when I talk to them. I'm more than frustrated. By the way, I am always constipated. My cousins also, I think it's hereditary but they don't have bad breath. Can you tell me about your formula or the food you're eating."
[YEA] 12/10/2010: Jac from Houston, Tx: "I developed tonsillitis about 2 months ago, right as the seasons changed, and with it came 2 cases of tonsil stones. After the second one came out- which I gargled with HP to get out- I was left with breath that still smelled like I had them. I couldn't see any in the back of my throat and without a water pick I know I would never be able to get them out but I had to do something because I could not stand the smell. I brushed with my regular toothpaste and added a drop of Tea Tree Oil. My breath and teeth felt instantly fresher. Then I swirled my toothpaste in a mixture of water, sea salt, and a capful of ACV and brush my tongue with it. Then I gargled with the remaining mixture. My bad breath is gone. The oil keeps it fresh all day. To get back my pink tongue I oil pull when I first wake up. It also helps my breath and makes my teeth shiny."
[NAY] 08/05/2010: Richardparker09 from Pembroke Pines, Fl, U.s.: "Hi, I have been trying for the last couple weeks different remedies for my halitosis and coated tongue. I first tried the salt. I used table salt. It helped a little bit but only temporarily. I stopped using regular toothpaste and switched to using a combination of Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide and an organic Mouthwash called Biotene. I still have halitosis and a coated tongue. I got my blood sugar tested and it was 120. I started taking baking soda with water a week ago, no change or difference. All of this has done nothing but make my teeth hurt and more sensitive. I don't know what to do anymore, this is really affecting my life. I have also been using a spoon as a tongue scraper, but it remains white even after. Before this whole process my tongue was coated white and now it is turning brownish and even bleeding. The brownish residue may be caused by the bleeding. I am not sure. I just want a solution, please help."Replies
08/06/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "As I have posted here before, the only thing I tried against a coated tongue worked right away: a salt based toothpaste by Weleda (I am sure other brands will probably work just as well). It doesn't have fluoride and it is more natural than usual toothpastes. The coated tongue which I had for many years never came back again unless I drink water with ACV. I hope this helps..."
08/06/2010: Mick from Ravenna, Ohio, Usa replies: "Richard, are you currently taking any vitamin D supplements? My wife's coated tongue turned brown due to Vitamin D overload. Her coated tongue was due to a mouth candida infection. A Nystatin prescription cleared tongue up in a week, but she still follows the natural candida protocol to prevent recurrence."
08/08/2010: Latina from El Paso, Texas replies: "I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I suffer from white coated tongue and extreme feces smelling breath. I have also tried what you have tried with no success on breath. However, I am gargling with Hydrogen Peroxide 3% twice daily and this has been clearing up the tongue. I use one cap full peroxide with 4-5 capfulls of water. I notice when I drink 1/4 tsp of sea salt in a glass of water, this helps my breath temporarily, about 40 minutes. I am going to try oil pulling next, and will let you know how this goes."
08/09/2010: Candy from Fort Madison, Ia replies: "You might try a good probiotic. Bad breath comes from bad bacteria in your gut. Put in good bacteria, and your breath should be much better. Always try to get to the source of the problem."
08/09/2010: Latina from El Paso, Texas replies: "Candy, can you suggest how much probiotic to take for Richard and I. I am currently taking 3 billion acidiphillus for about 5 days now and have not seen any improvement. Richard, I have been using biotene toothpaste and mouthwash for over a year with no results. Not saying it won't work for you, but thought I would mention it."
08/10/2010: Allthigslovely from Norfolk, Ny replies: "Latina, Probiotics may not be working for your bad breath because the problem you have is not in your gut. It is possible that the problem that is causing your halitosis is periodontal disease. Mouthwashes and other treatments that would help your gut will not solve this problem. The best place to start will be at your dentist and get evaluated for gum disease. Get the recommended treatment and then you can use herbal or natural remedies to maintain your gum health after that. Your body will thank you for it. There is a great deal of information that you will need to have about this but that is where you should start to fix your halitosis problem."
[YEA] 08/11/2010: John from Boise, Id, Usa replies: "I followed EC's alkalizing protocol of drinking 1/2 tsp. Baking soda in a glass of water upon waking up and after meals and my bad breath is gone in 3 days."
08/12/2010: Candy from Fort Madison, Ia replies: "I take one recommended by the mercola website. It contains 66 billion cfu's. Good stuff!! Also a good website to check out. Hope this helps."
12/17/2011: Cayenne137 from New Orleans, Louisiana replies: "Don't use a spoon as a tongue scraper. You're probably pressing down too hard, hence the bleeding. Buy an Orabrush tongue scrubber then use a real tongue scraper. They're really cheap. I also use Therabreath toothpaste and mouthwash everyday, which helps a lot. I know this because my boyfriend, all of the sudden one day, developed mothball breath and after he started using the Therabreath every day, it went away! Alas, for me, I still notice I have Mothball breath sometimes. I have actually figured out where some of it is in my mouth. I now floss everyday and when I floss I use a clean section of the floss for every tooth so I am not spreading bacteria in my mouth (yes, that's a lot of floss everyday :).
Very Important: I smell the floss after I floss between each tooth. This way I can locate the source of the odor. When I find it, I floss between those 2 teeth over and over (usually only takes 3 or 4 times) until the smell is gone, then I brush. I often smell the mothball odor between the last 2 molars on the right side of the back of my mouth. I have healthy gums and have never had a cavity, so that's not the problem. But I do have constant post nasal drip and I also take medication (not for high blood pressure) that causes dry mouth. My dental hygienist said that the mucous is probably settling between those 2 teeth because of the proximity to my nasal cavity. But why don't I get the smell between the last 2 molars on the other side of mouth? Dry mouth lets the anaerobic bacteria live and feast on the proteins in my mouth, namely the mucous. All dairy products are causes for bad breath too. I even went so far as to get my tonsils removed because of the tonsiliths (tonsil stones). Even though I didn't suffer from sore throats, apparently the insurance company covered it because Halitosis is a medically necessary reason. Quitting smoking also made a big difference, and, again, I have really seen a huge difference since I have been using the Therabreath products, but still, not complete relief.
I have been reading all of the posts about the Hydrogen Peroxide and I'm all over it!! I just gargled for the first time and I can't wait to see how good my morning breath will be. I can't wait to get to the store tomorrow to buy some "food grade" HP, whatever the hell that is J. I think I'm also going to buy some peppermint oil, charcoal pills and acidophilus. If that doesn't work, it's back to the drawing board. Actually, maybe I'll try them one at a time so I'll know which one is working."
01/05/2012: Cayenne137 from New Orleans, La replies: "UPDATE - 1/5/12 IT WORKS!!!! OMG, Hydrogen Peroxide REALLY WORKS!!! I tried 3% regular hydrogen peroxide (I have no idea what "food grade" is and neither did my pharmacist or my dentist) mixed with equal parts water. It didn't taste great (it doesn't taste horrible either) so I added some peppermint oil. It really freaking' works!!
In my 12/17/11 post I talked about flossing everyday and smelling the floss after each section and always smelling the mothball smell between the last 2 molars in my mouth. Well, since I started the HP on 12/17/11, I have not smelled the mothball odor in mouth again!! I have also felt like my breath has been fresher. My mouth tastes better; rather it doesn't taste like anything. You definitely need to scrape your tongue after you gargle with the HP though, as there is foam. I also gargle with the Therabreath mouthwash after the HP to help get rid of the foam in the other parts of my mouth. I haven't even been flossing every day, but when I do, no more mothball smell. I cannot express how much better I feel. I used to carry a little bottle of Therabreath in my purse, but now it's HP. Try it!! What have you got to lose?"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/17/2008: CR from Marion, IN: "I have used the ACV and Baking Soda everday since a found this web site. It work really well the first couple of times, also I do the oil pull every morning. After the third day the really bb returned. I used the lemon juice and soda and the perorixde rinse for sinus and it still work for sinus drainage. I drink coffee after the oil pull, and the ACV on a empty stomach. Could the coffee be the reason why my mouth is so dry and stale after completing the OP, and the ACV, and the mouth rinse? Is there any mouth rinse that I could use after eating food, that will make my breath smell clean and fresh. I tend to have a white coating on my tongue after drinking and eating anything. My breath smells terrible. I have to brush my teeth and tongue sometimes three and four times a day and still my breath still have a foul odor. please tell me what to use for this continuous problem."Replies
01/19/2009: Andrew from Kettering, UK replies: "The bacteria that cause bad breath are anerobic which means that they live without oxygen,they also thrive in a high acidic environment.The bacteria are part of the digestive system and start to break down the compounds in the food as we chew them and feed off the protein.Many people on the Atkins diet suffer with BB because it's high in protein and coffee is acidic so this enables the anerobic bacteria to thrive.Most mouthwashes contain alcohol which dries out the mouth and it is our saliva that helps to clean out the mouth and keeps bacteria in check because it contains oxygen and anerobic bacteria cannot survive when the mouth is oxygenated.3% Hydrogen Peroxide(H202)when used as a mouthwash will kill the anerobic bacteria. You will have to dilute the H202 with water, the instuctions should be on the bottle and add some Baking soda(Bicarbonate of Soda) to it,this will neutalise the acid."