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Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda  
8 User Reviews | 3 YEA

Posted by Alicia (Louisville, Ky) on 02/04/2009

[YEA]  I have had bad breath for the last few weeks. I have no cavities and I brush regularly.. Recently I tried gargling with apple cider vinegar and baking soda in warm water and it worked immediately.. I no longer have that feeling of being insecure around people when I talk. My mouth feels fresh and cured.

-a teasppon of apple cider vinegar.
-quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda.
-a cup of warm water.

Replied by Punkfly
Columbus, Ohio
[YEA]   I've been doing oil pulling with Sesame Seed Oil, and it's been working great for my bleeding gums. Cleared it up in 2 days! However, like some of the other posts I read, it actually caused my breath to be worse. So I followed it up with the ACV & Baking Soda gargle and rinse at it totally worked. Awesome.
Replied by Jcm
Dallas, Texas
Alicia, hello. I am just getting started with this gargle. Never done it before but hope it will provide some relief for this halitosis. I noticed 1 cup of water is ALOT to gargle; do you gargle multiple times to use all of the cup? How long do you gargle? Thanks.
Replied by Lala
Cape Town, South Africa
The smell of Apple Cider Vinegar is unbearable for me - theres no way I can drink it so tried it as toner for my problem skin but quit because of the smell. It's been 9 years and still sitting with my problem skin - no doctor and no meds have helped. Do you not feel nauseous when gargling this?
Replied by Kay
Hi Lala, I used to hate the smell of ACV too, until I started making/drinking it like lemonade (a glass of water with a few tsp of vinegar instead of lemon; with honey or sugar added in). It became so tasty this way, now I love to use ACV for everthing (health drink, mouthwash, skin, hair, nails). Also be sure to buy the ACV with "the mother" (the murky looking stuff floating around the bottom of the bottle), NOT the clean/clear vinegar. If the smell is still too strong, dilute it with alow vera, water, (or rose water for lovely soft skin).
Replied by Allie
San Antonio
I'm really going to try it out. Because I have tried baking soda few weeks ago and it worked for like 2 to 3 days and my bad breath came back again. I have been struggling with bb for years and I can't get rid of it, I've tried everything. I brush my teeth regularly, I go to the dentist every 6 months and he said that my teeth were healthy and no cavities so I don't get it.

Apples and Cheddar Cheese  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Cathy (Medford, Oregon) on 09/18/2008

[YEA]  I have discovered 2 healthy things my dogs love for treats. Apples and cheese. I cut up a couple apples in small chunks (with peel on) and cut up some cheddar cheese slices (small, but long in length). I give them apples a couple times a day for health benefits (heart, joint inflamation, cleans the teeth..and good breath!) I also give them a very small slice of cheese as bedtime snack.(make the slice long enough that they have to chew it a second and don't immediately swallow it, so it will coat the teeth.) The cheese has been proven to reduce tartar build up. How easy is that? Give yourself these treats too..same benefits!

Artificial Sweeteners  

Posted by Joanie (Greenville, Sc) on 08/31/2012

Years ago while on the Atkins Diet, I used Splenda in my tea and coffee. After about a month I had a horrible smell coming from my breath and pores. I quit using it and started using aspartame, stevia, and then saccharin. They all had the same effect on me. I read an article about someone with the same problem, and it said that artificial sweeteners are broken down to powder form by methane gas which is what wreaks from your breath and pores. Now if I use only a little bit from a packet it still makes me smell like a fart so I avoid it. I recently went on an all fruit and veggie diet. I started tasting gas and smelled it on my breath. On 2 different occassions, I laughed and people around me would say they smelled sewage. I read about Fructose Intolerance and how it has that same effect on your system. Fructose is in everything! Especially fruit which I had been eating a lot of. It's also in most vegetables. Please look it up online to see if you have this problem. It lists foods to avoid, and ones to eat. No change yet in the few days I've been off all forms of sugar, but it may take a while. Meanwhile, I'm anti-sociable til I smell better!

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Joanie, as is the case for many of us, it seems you need to do a colon and perhaps a gallbladder cleanse plus any kind of detox; and maybe even parasite treatments. There are sooo many things that derail our metabolism and we end up w/ all the waste products polluting our bodies.

Let us know of anything that works for you.

Replied by Joanie
Greenville, Sc
Thank you Timh for your response. How do I find info on what you think are the best colon and gallbladder cleanses, detox and parasite treatments? Those would have to be the answer to my problems which have not really changed much from avoiding sugar in all forms.
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Joanie, a good cleaning does seem appropriate as dietary modifications seem inefficient. Here are some E. C. links to get you started:

Not much on Colon Cleanse but there is much info on the web, probably too much as there can be too much variation. All health food stores carry products for "intestinal cleansing" as well as "parasite formula", some combine the two. Do the gallbladder cleanse first. It's a little unpleasant but it works ( I just completed one w/ good results two days ago and feel much better now).

Also, take a high quality multivitamin/mineral/whole food supplement w/ every meal, this will greatly improve metabolism.

I hope this "level one" protocol resolves your issues. Report your progress.

Avoid Dairy  
3 User Reviews | 2 YEA | 1 SIDE EFFECT

Posted by HaHa (Long Island, New York, New York) on 08/18/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Bad Breath Caused By Milk:

I suffered from bad breath for as long as i can remember. But never knew why and what was the cause until recently. A few days ago, I started cleaning my colon. While on it I had to follow a strict diet for almost 7 days. I could only eat fruits and vegetables and nothing else. During that time that's when I noticed that my breath was no longer smelling.

You see, I used to eat cereal with milk every morning or at least every other day. Soon after I stopped drinking Milk for about 7 days, the smell went away. Now I eat everything else except milk. The Bad Breath never came back. It's been almost 2 months now. Having bad breath was terrible. It affected every relationship and friendship I had even with my son. I always had a pack of gum in my packet. Today I enjoying my new life.

Posted by Monique (Windsor, Canada) on 12/07/2007

[YEA]  My son had the worst breath I've ever smelled. I took him to the dentist, no problems with his gums or teeth. I kept on making him rinse his mouth with mouthwash and chew gum. It was so bad when you opened his bedroom door it would make you gag. I couldn't figure out why. Low and behold one day I was figuring out my budget and how I could cut back. So while I was grocery shopping I decided not to buy my son's regular 2 blocks of cheese per week. It was something he would have to do without. After a couple weeks of not eating cheese, we noticed his breath was refreshing. I was so happy, I realized right away it was the cheese since it was the only change from his regular routine. To this day, he eats cheese once in a while but does not suffer from bad breath. Hope this will help some other people with this terrible problem.

Posted by Kate (Brookfield, Wisonsin) on 09/16/2007

[YEA]  I had problems with bad breath. Limiting my intake of dairy products "cheese" in particular has eliminated the problem. Anytime that I cheat and have cheese the bad breath comes back within a day or so.

Avoid Gluten and Dairy  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, Ny) on 03/21/2014

[YEA]  Avoiding or at least minimizing (eating only a little and only once or twice a week) gluten and/or dairy will make a pleasant breath and heal even severe bad breath.

For some people gluten is the main issue, while for others, milk and milk products are the main issue. In the beginning milk or gluten (after testing by elimination which is the main issue) should be more carefully restricted (even in the beginning one can make occasional exceptions), after which, minimizing one or both will be sufficient.

At times other foods or food groups may be contributing to the problem. One should test by eliminating the particular food or food group for a few days or more. One may be amazed how quickly the breath becomes sweet, when the food that the person's body can't tolerate is avoided.

Avoid Sweeteners  
2 User Reviews | 2 SIDE EFFECTS

Posted by Sharon (Boston) on 03/31/2006

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I got a huge pot of organic spun honey from the farmer's market last month. It was delicious, but after a couple of weeks, I noticed a huge buildup of dead cells on my tongue towards the back. It was pretty gross. I also felt my metabolism slowing down and I gained a couple of pounds even though I was eating very healthily. I bought regular honey at Whole Foods last weekend and after 3 days my tongue is back to normal and I am starting to lose those 2 pounds! Interesting, eh?!

Posted by Hugh (Canyon Lake, CA) on 12/27/2005

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Sugar is the killer! Within an hour of having it my mouth tasted horrible, and my wife won't get near me. I don't have too much, so when I do it really stands out. It's apple cider vinegar, H2O2 and iodine for me tomorrow!

Baking Soda  
7 User Reviews | 3 YEA

Posted by Lawrence (Pattaya, Thailand) on 01/22/2010

[YEA]  Baking soda

I have been swishing sodium bicarbonate for a few weeks now and the most noticeable effect is that my wife can't believe that my "bad breath" has almost gone.

Thats all.........

Replied by Lyne
Queensland, Australia
[YEA]   Yes, I also gargle baking soda and water and no bad breath or bad taste in my mouth. Apparently it kills bacteria in your mouth but I am no dentist.
Replied by Bob
Rainier, Oregon
Baking soda is a neutralizer. It neutralizes the bacteria (lactobicculis and streptococcus ) that causes bad breathe, caries, and gum disease. Brushing your teeth with baking soda and salt with a balance diet will help you stay out of the dental chair. It also will whiten your teeth.
Replied by Grani33
Maryland, Md
I have also suffered from BB for many years, I read these posts on a regular basis, I believe my problem is candida albicans, therefore I recommend you try the probiotics, antibiotics, caprylic acid and pau d arco, oil of oregano, and digestive enzymes, my BB is not caused by anything in my mouth its systemic, I do use baking soda, and peroxide, and Neem toothpaste and mouthwash, I never use any market toothpaste or mouthwash, they tend to dry my mouthout. NOT ANTIBIOTICS--SORRY -- I MET ACIDOPHILUS----

Posted by Dilshod (Tashkent) on 04/02/2006

[YEA]  For almost two years, I have been self-conscious about my bad breath. I always kept myself at least a meter away from my friends, not to mention about girls. I visited several dentists, but none couldn't tell any concrete solution. Recently, a dentist told me to wash my mouth, especially back of my tongue with a BAKING SODA before going to sleep and to take a pill, called Flunol. I washed my mouth with baking soda, but did not take the pill, as it was expensive. To my great surprise, it was enough to get rid of the bad breath. Within ten days, it is almost gone. I still can't believe it and just before writing this message, I checked it, putting my finger in the back of my tongue. it's gone. I know there are many people with the same problem and i want to say those people not to spend much money on those expensive pills and liquids. Instead, look for a cheap, home remedy. And if you really want to get rid of your bad breath and believe in that, you will do it. If anyone of you know how to get rid of black spots, natural moles on the face, please share it with me. Thanks.

Replied by Tina
Willingboro, NJ, USA
Hi Dilshod, Thanks for the info on baking soda. I will share a secret for moles/skin tags. Use ACV!!! Put it on a cotton ball and leave it on the tag for at least 10 min. Then start to wipe it back and forth and in circles. You will notice it get ligther, smaller and disappear except for a clear sac. I then cut it off with sterilized scissors. It was painless except for a little tingle while rubbing it. Try it! I loved it and highly recommend it for getting fast results and hardly any pain!
Replied by Carol
Dover, New Hampshire
I used a strong hydrogen peroxide to rid a mole on my face. It's bought at health food stores but not all carry it. Just a tiny drop on the mole (it does sting for a min. But then stops stinging) then in a few days it falls off. Apply again if not totally gone. Do not use if mole is closer than 1/2 an inch.

Betaine HCL with Pepsin  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by John (North Carolina) on 12/09/2015

[YEA]  To all who have a problem with really bad breath. I have searched many years for a cure for the problem. I have tried everything known to man. I finally found something that has been working for me and I am so thankful to God for finally finding something. I believe through research that this problem is definitely caused by our digestive system. Certain foods are not being digested correctly. We are missing an enzyme or digestive acid. Anyway, if you have the same terrible breath problem please go to a vitamin store or online and buy a bottle of Betaine (HCL) plus pepsin. 625 betaine plus 100 pepsin. Research by me says take only one a day in the morning after breakfast. Let me know if it works. If it does then thank the Lord. Good luck and hope it works for you . John D.

Chewing Cardamon or Cloves  
4 User Reviews | 3 YEA

Posted by Sil (Los Angeles) on 02/06/2016

[YEA]  For those of us who have tried everything under the sun to control Bad Breath but did not help. It is genetic. Here is what I found that helps, for myself at least. The bb is not from below but from above, when nasal drip get stuck or hangs around.

Irrigate with saline water each night before bedtime after your usual oral routine.

For daytime, chew one clove and keep one in your mouth. Unlike mints which dissolves in 5 minutes, it stays in your mouth at least for 4 hours without any sugar and it will stop the odor from being offensive.

Chew one and keep one in your mouth at all times. It is small, harmless and keeps the pleasant order for a long, long time. Easy to carry in pockets and purses too and it does not perish, melt or lose potency.

Posted by TS (Rajah) (Wimbledon, UK) on 02/17/2008

[YEA]  Chewing cardamon or clove works quite effectively for bad breath.

Replied by Sotonightthatimightsee
Allentown, PA
How many cloves at a time? Thank you!
Replied by TS (Rajah)
Wimbledon, UK
[YEA]   As many as you can fit in your mouth. Take care not to choke. Then you'd have a much bigger problem than bad breath. Cheers!

16 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Mike (Gadsden, Alabama) on 08/10/2015

[YEA]  I've had bad breath for 20 years and worked in industry and sales. I've tried gastroenterologist, dentist orthodontist and ENT. Drove 150 miles to dental clinic in Atlanta. All to no avail. Still had bad breath. In my local health food store to buy coconut oil, for oil pulling talked with sales person. She suggested chlorophyll liquid. Three days later no bad breath. I can't believe it. A lot of stress gone. Chlorophyll liquid couple of ounces a day in orange juice.