Natural Cures for Bad Breath and Halitosis

Last Modified on Nov 23, 2014

Multiple Remedies   5  1   

Posted by Richardparker09 (Pembroke Pines, Fl, U.s.) on 08/05/2010

[NAY]  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.

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
803 Posts
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...
Posted by Mick
Ravenna, Ohio, Usa
4 Posts
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.
Posted by Latina
El Paso, Texas
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.
Posted by Candy
Fort Madison, Ia
14 Posts
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.
Posted by Latina
El Paso, Texas
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.
Posted by Allthigslovely
Norfolk, Ny
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.
Posted by John
Boise, Id, Usa
4 Posts
[YEA]   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.
Posted by Candy
Fort Madison, Ia
14 Posts
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.
Posted by Cayenne137
New Orleans, Louisiana
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.

Posted by Cayenne137
New Orleans, La
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?

Posted by CR (Marion, IN) on 01/17/2008

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  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.

Posted by Andrew
Kettering, UK
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.

Posted by Randy (Slidell, Louisiana) on 07/07/2007

[YEA]  For bad breath:

~Brush @ least once a day
~Rinse with diluted HP
~Drink a few glasses of water ever day
~ALWAYS Rinse after eating with water
~Get at least 6 1/2 hours of sleep
~Minimize the red meats in diet
~Take acidophilus
~Take a multivitamin
~Last, but not

It's so easy, even a caveman can do it!

Neti Pot   1  0   

Posted by Tess (Qatar) on 01/10/2012

[YEA]  I had been using nasal rinse for the past 3 weeks and I have been noticing that my bad breath has been reducing. I encourage everyone who is having bad breath from nose and mouth, to do the nasal rinse and see. I'm on the 3rd week now and I can see a lot of improvement. I am doing it 2 times daily.

Posted by Cindy
Smalltown, Usa
Could you please explain your remedy and dose amounts? Thanks

Oil Pulling   3  0   

Posted by Nahla (Pembroke Pines, Florida) on 07/10/2010

I have been oil pulling since yesterday for my halitosis and white coated tongue. This actually made my tongue even whiter. Is this part of the process of oil pulling?

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
803 Posts
Try tooth paste without fluoride for the coated tongue. . . It help me right from the first time I tried!

Posted by Lynn (San Francisco, CA) on 04/09/2009

[YEA]  I started oil pulling 3 weeks ago with Sesame Oil. At first I was absolutely disgusted by the consistency and could barely keep it in my mouth for 3 minutes. The next day I tried again and was able to swish for about 7 minutes. Everyday the process became easier and easier and now I'm up to 15 minutes. It has not taken away the dark circles under my eyes, my allergies are the worst they've ever been, and my energy has not improved BUT I have definitely noticed that my teeth are extremely clean and feel absolutely amazing. The horribly bad breath (which I attribute to several years on antibiotics) that plagued me has completely disappeared. Clean teeth and fresh breath are reasons enough for me to continue oil pulling and hopefully after a few months I will reap the benefits that others speak of.

Posted by Lisa
Na, Fl
Hi Lynn, Which oil did u use for your halitosis? I'm gonna start op.

Thanks, Lisa

Posted by Raquel (Los Angeles, CA) on 10/16/2007

[YEA]  I've been oil pulling for six weeks now and although I can't say I lost any weight, I'm eating more fruits and vegetables because I can now chew better. Also, the lines that run from my nose to my mouth have also diminshed and my dark circles have reduced significantly. I use extra vergin olive oil. At first, my breath stank but I stuck with it and my breath is now fresh and my teeth are strong. My cracked heels are gone and my BP has also dropped and has remained steady. Only question? Can I do this during pregnancy????

Posted by Eric (Simi Valley, CA) on 09/08/2006

[YEA]  Margarine / vegetable oil for breath gargle (yes, sounds disgusting but Canola oil is actually kind of sweet) cures bad breath by dissolving and stabilizing the pathology of volatile sulphur compounds in the mouth and throat.

Posted by Michael
Whitehouse Sta, Nj
2 Posts
No, canola oil makes my breath WORSE!

Over the Counter   0  0   

Posted by Laura30 (Newcastle, United Kingdom ) on 01/04/2012

Hi everyone. I suffered from halitosis all my life and totally sympathize with all of you. My halitosis was chronic but my dentist repeatedly told me my teeth were great and there were no problems (I'm 23 and only have one filling). After much online research, I realized the sad fact that some people simply are born with more bacteria on the back of the tongue and regular brushing, flossing and using various mouthwashes is a temporary cover-up and fails to deal with the VSC's on the back of the tongue. I used to use Retardex from Boots which is effective for a few hours. However, it is not a permanent solution for someone with a chronic condition (and hellishly expensive). I now use Profresh which has completely eliminated my problem: read the independent laboratory report and the white paper research. This product is patented in the US which means that no other company can manufacture a product that contains the same ingredients that are 99.9% effective against halitosis. I won't babble on about how the product works etc as you can see for yourself on the website.

Although my doctor and dentist are fantastic, unfortunately professionals are light years behind when it comes to halitosis. My doctor once told me to brush my tongue with listerine!!!! I couldn't believe it. Didn't he know I'd spent hundreds of pounds on products and had that morning spent no less an hour and 15 mins obsessively brushing, scraping, flossing, swilling etc etc etc. That's all a thing of the past now thank goodness. Thanks to this product I now have fresh breath 24 hours a day. I hope this info helps but I must stress that this product is only effective for those who have chronic halitosis which is not attributable to sinus problems, post-nasal drip etc. This will only work for those where halitosis originates from the mouth, despite having no significant dental problems. Unfortunately, some of us are just born producing more bacteria than others.

In terms of cost, I used to spend £30-£40 a week on Retardex products (hard to believe I know). A bottle of mouthwash was around £7 ish but I used to go through it very quickly. With Profresh I buy it in bulk. I get 13 bottles each lasting 17 days each, twice a year. I usually pay around £120 but Profresh is now shipped from London instead of the States which will eliminate pesky shipping charges the next time I order. So I would say you can expect to pay £200 a year for your supplies (to me it's like liquid gold so price is irrelevant). I would love to hear from someone that they had cured their problem because of this post so please report back with any success stories. You're probably skeptical (like I was) but I guarantee that if you have the same type of halitosis like me it will work. Please be aware folks that when people that say bad breath sufferers have poor oral hygiene they couldn't be more wrong! In fact, we probably have better oral habits than most since we're constantly brushing etc.

Also, don't listen to those who will cockily reply 'well brush your teeth' or 'chew gum or suck on a mint'. As we long-term sufferers know, such measures are useless and sometimes sugary mints can make our breath worse! I appreciate it will be difficult for those with normal breath to understand this as they simply brush their twice once and they have fresh breath all day. But just remember that for others, fresh breath is something that they can only dream of. Good luck everyone. Laura

Posted by Kath2845
Merseyside, United Kingdom
Hi Laura, just wondering, what toothpaste have you been using? On the profresh website they seem to be pushing the mouthwash, the toothpaste does not come in the starter kit but can be bought separately. Is it important to use the toothpaste too? Also, is there a specific uk account or just the

Pranayama Breathing, H2O2   1  0   

Posted by Baby (Germantown, Maryland) on 04/29/2009

[YEA]  I've been suffering from bad breath for 20 years, i searched for remedies for years and tried it(water theraphy,oil pulling,brushing teeth with baking soda and salt,used expensive breath theraphies, hydrogen peroxide, taking acidophillus, probiotics) but to no avail. I Thank God for answering my prayer by leading me to this site in helping me cure my problem which affected me so much in my interaction with people (i became anti social and always dread the days when i have to interact with people). The following method has help me eradicate my bad breath problem, even my morning breath is gone. I tried pranayam breathing after waking up in the morning, then i gargle hydrogen peroxide diluted in water with a pinch of salt and baking soda after breakfast and before i sleep, i also take acidophillus(1 billion) 2x a day between meals.

Posted by Diane
04915, Maine
which breathing practice did you use?

Probiotics   0  0   

Posted by Bolanle123 (Yonkers, New York) on 10/05/2011

The Streptococcus salivarius probiotic bacteria is the number one dragon slayer in the ranks of bad breath remedies. This oral probiotic replaces the bacteria in your mouth with the desirable Streptococcus salivarius K12 bacteria.

Salt Water Gargle   1  0   

Posted by Jacque (Spokane, WA) on 07/29/2008

[YEA]  I struggled with bad breath for years and mouthwash seemed to ultimately make things worse. I have found that swishing a gargling with warm salt water a couple of times a day has totally cured my bad breath. I mix about a tbsp of salt with about six ounces of warm water and sip, swish, and gargle until the cup is empty. Just thought I would share.

See a Dentist   0  1   

Posted by Babette (Paramus, nj) on 10/17/2007

What I don't understand is why people keep writing in and trying all different remedies for rotting teeth and gums and evil smelling breath, saying they don't have health insurance. Why not claim charity care in a hospital or clinic? In NJ you can always get granted that status if you are low income or not working. Are other states so different or are you ignorant or just chicken to go to the dentist. It really doesn't hurt at all with numbing meds and its really neurotic not to go. How can you stand bad breath? I can't stand being near people with bad breath.

Posted by Elaine
Orlando, Florida
[NAY]   I spent a lot of time in the dentist chair. Every 4 months for 4 years straight and I still had bad breath.
Posted by Nick
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Not everyone wants to be pumped up with "numbing" meds and have everything from fluoride to mercury put in the mouths for the sake of cosmetics or something thats could be cleared up with a home remedy. Why not try something all natural first? Is it the cheapness of the products or the lack of side-effects that bothers you? Also you should read up on fluoride and mercury and how destructive they are before telling your loved ones and strangers to go and "get thee to the dentist". Have you ever wondered why you can't swallow fluoride and when your done you have to spit it in a biohazard container?
Posted by Aleda
Fennimore, WI
No, not everyone has the luxary of free services from a dentist. New Jersey MUST be waaaaay different than my state. The whole point of this forum and site is to eliminate issues naturally. Of course, rotting teeth and such can only be dealt with by a dentist, but it's not especially conducive to come here and make judgements.
Posted by Rosy
Orlando, Fl
I wish I could go to the doctor or dentist for free. I can't even get one to treat me without me having insurance, regardless of me having the money.
Posted by Joe
Pittsburgh, Pa
my dentist had worse breath than me.
Posted by Naturecalls
Provo, Ut
When I notice a foul smell in my breath, I always feel my lymph nodes. If there is any inflammation, I take a flashlight and look for hiding "tonsil stones" or white spots in the back of my throat. If there is nothing visible, I gargle gargle and gargle again. Anything helps.. Water, Salt Water, Peroxide Mix, Olive Oil, Listerine. As long as its churning, it can knock the food loose. This prevents the festering and creation of the 'smelly balls'. This is a hereditary issue. Chances are, if you haven't had a stone by 25, your bad breath is from another cause..
Posted by Jamie
Lake Worth, Fl
24 Posts
Babs, Let me preface this by saying I am almost 50 and have all of my own beautiful teeth. I have taken care of them all of my life. The times when I did not have dental insurance I paid for biyearly cleanings and any other work that had to be done. My parents reinforced the good dental care regimen. With that said here in Florida the state or charity type care does not include dental care at all, period, end, for adults. The best they will do is pull them out, and not provide dentures. I am not sticking up for yucky mouthed people, but some of it is heredity. Then those who let theirs go, shame on them, but in that case the treatment is sometimes worse than the illness.

Sinus Connection   1  0   

Posted by Anne (Elliston, VA) on 01/28/2008

[YEA]  Hello I noticed a lot of people out there are concerned with bad breath. Some of you have mentined metal tast or sulfar taste or seeing a white or yellowish lump in the back of your throat. These are in your tonsils. They are called tonsil stones. They smell really bad and they cause a person to have really bad breathe, it smells like a toilet in your mouth. You can take a popscicle stick and express it out. I have heard that you can gargle with salt water and peroxide each day to help them to be fizzed out and not to form any more. Also you can use a netti pot. It is a little pot that you fill with 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Mix this in about 1 quart warm water. You only have to use 1 cup at a time or you can buy the premade packets.You get 50 with the little pot. You can buy a netti pot at Wal-mart. Use it everyday. If you have a sinus infection you can use it 3 or 4 times a day All you do is hold your head over the bathroom sink and put the pots spout in one nostril and do it unti a stream of the solution comes out the other side of your nose. It really helps with sinus problems. Also it helps to loosen up the tonsils stones. You can use the pot everyday. Hope this helps.

Posted by Jasper
Davao, Philippines
i have a sinusitis for years now, i have bad breath also...pls elaborate the procedure about mix of salt and baking and what tyoe of pot? what kind? how it is done and how it is applied...kindly elaborate in a way that i cant picture it out....pls help...thanku
Posted by John
Bay City, Michigan/usa
You do not need to purchase a netti pot. Use a small kitchen dish. Fill with 6oz. warm water, in which salt has been dissolved. Perhaps about 1/2 teaspoon. I like for it to 'sting' a bit. Hold dish over sink, bend down and place nose in dish. (Nostrils submerged) Now swallow three times, and hold for several seconds.(Repeat this step three times.) Swallowing will create a vacuum which will draw solution into nose. If solution is salty enough, it will tingle a bit. Within several hours, mucus should break loose. It won't simply drip, it may pour many ounces. I heard about this in 1978. Tried it, and went to an antique store, afterward. I bent down, to check a price tag, and my nose suddenly poured on the carpet. I was so embarrassed!

Posted by Theresa (Albany, NY) on 01/25/2008

[WARNING!]  I have always used home remedies when possible. But I have come across situations that have called for a regular doctor. This is not said to cause fear in any way....but about 2 years ago my moms best freind had terrible breath ( which she had for several ongoing years). She ended up having a gall bladder atack and having an emergency removal. They found that her gall bladder was actually begining to turn gangrene. I'm not sure why she had no previous symptoms. I wanted to add this because its important to know the that bad breath is not always a simple solution. It can be a symptom of something extremely serious.

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