Bad Breath
Natural Remedies

Natural Cures for Bad Breath and Halitosis

Pranayama Breathing, H2O2

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

Replied by Diane
(04915, Maine)
10/16/2009

which breathing practice did you use?


Probiotics

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.


Removing Tonsil Stones

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Posted by Me2niceu (Okc) on 04/25/2015
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Has anyone thought about the bad smell possibly being from tonsil stones?? My 10 year old daughter had the worst bb and one day I stumbled across a video on youtube about tonsil stones and how to remove them. (Which I thought was interesting because a few days before that I had coughed and this nasty greenish horrible smelling ball of stuff landed on my hand) So I watched the video. I did exactly what the people did in the video and I got SO much nasty smelling green tonsil stones out of the back of my mouth and my daughters was even worse. Ever since then we remove the stones from time to time brush and rinse with charcoal caps & peroxide and no more bb!! Hope this helps!!!

Replied by Hayley
(South Australia)
02/28/2016
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Hi there, your story sounds like mine, I found out about tonsil stones after I looked in my 10 year old son's mouth after months of bad breath and doctor not being able to help me, and what looked like mini tic tacs (mints) on his tonsil, I was horrified, then googled it and over 4 days have removed all this gunk from both tonsils, bad breath has subsided dramatically. This bought back memories of me coughing up smelly balls of mucus in my 20's. I've had him gargle with salt water and ACV (separately).


Salt Water Gargle

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Posted by Lgarcia (Torrance, California ) on 02/21/2016
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I tried everything....paid a lot of money trying different things. I was told to gargle with salt water twice a day I thought that wouldn't work I need something strong...I was WRONG. THE SALT WORKS.... Please try the salt...it's cheap and it works It was an answered pray for me...I now brush my teeth with the salt I had years of embarrassment....and my solution was in the cabinet all the time.


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

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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.

Replied by Elaine
(Orlando, Florida)
09/24/2008
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I spent a lot of time in the dentist chair. Every 4 months for 4 years straight and I still had bad breath.

Replied by Nick
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
02/20/2009

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?

Replied by Aleda
(Fennimore, WI)
03/20/2009

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.

Replied by Rosy
(Orlando, Fl)
03/21/2009

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.

Replied by Joe
(Pittsburgh, Pa)
03/26/2009

my dentist had worse breath than me.

Replied by Naturecalls
(Provo, Ut)
09/10/2010

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..

Replied by Jamie
(Lake Worth, Fl)
09/11/2010

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

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

Replied by Jasper
(Davao, Philippines)
09/24/2008

i have a sinusitis for years now, i have bad breath also...pls elaborate the procedure about mix of salt and baking soda...how 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

Replied by John
(Bay City, Michigan/usa)
04/17/2010

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!


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


Tea Tree Oil

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Posted by Stella (C, OH) on 05/24/2008
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This is my remedy for combating bad breath. I scrape tongue with a spoon, brush twice with a baking soda/peroxide toothpaste and rinse with a solution of 50% water 50% H202 and a few drops of Tea Tree oil. The addition of tea tree oil is what makes all the dif for me.


Tea Tree Oil
Posted by madeleine (ann arbor, michigan) on 10/07/2007
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hi, i have just discovered a absolutely wonderful toothpaste which does wonders in terms of hygeine (bad breath) tea tree in form of a cream (toothpaste) there few brands in organic shops, is just amazing! i struggled with bad breath probably due to somekind of internal infection i was so embarrased of this condition, but now Iam free of that embarasing bad breath and what is even better last all day, the paste is plain tea tree and natural ingredients. wonderful, also i used the paste to refresh my scalp that has the tendency to produce to much oil...is refreshing!


Tongue Scrape

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Posted by Jenny (St Johns, Usa) on 08/11/2009
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I have had a severe reflex diseas for years which resulted in me getting a very bad breath. Choosing gum only helps if you suffer bad breath from eating certain foods like garlic or onion so you can guess how much I suffered over the years. I have went to many different doctors and they couldn't even agree whether or not I had thrush on my tongue. After spending hundreds of dollars on mouthwashes and prescription pills that didn't work, here's the list of what actually helped me. By the way, the prescription for curing thrush (the ones that dissolves in your mouth) did nothing at all for me. You may want to find your own way of doing theses items in order, for example brushing my teeth using the regular toothpaste after salt treatment actually brught the whiteness back to my tongue.

1. First, brush and flush, use tongue scaper to clean your teeth.
2. Use Sesame Oil for Oil pulling.
3. Use salt
4. Use special mouthwash called Chlordioxine Glugonate (not sure of the spelling) which you can get from your dentist. This may cause discoration on your teeth so consult your doctor first.
5. Use baking soda to try and cut down on stain on teeth from the mouthwash and proxide later.

I hope this helps and don't forget to go see your doctor about the reflex problem.
This seemed to help me more than anything.


Tongue Scrape
Posted by Bayardo (San Antonio, TX) on 04/26/2006
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This truly works! It is much better than all the products advertised by the media--which claim to heal "foul-smelling breath." I used to go through the embarrassment of having "bad breath" even a little while after brushing my teeth thoroughly and meticulously. A friend told me to scrape my tongue with either a "plastic spoon" or a "separate hard toothbrush." I opted for the second option.

This is how to do it: Brush your tongue repeatedly in all areas, especially as much inside the throat as possible--even if it causes a small regurgitative spasm. Before you rinse the brush, smell the bristles to see if the foul smell is still there. Repeat this process a few times; of course, keep on rinsing the toothbrush, and stop after the bristles have no bad odor whatsoever.

It is important to remember, "not to use the same toothbrush that you use for your teeth." I do this in the morning before I go to work, after meals and before I go to sleep. It is a fantastic natural cure. I really thank God that I am free from fetor ex ore!

P.S.: To gargle with concentrated salt water once or twice a week is also a very good idea. This enhances the process explained above by getting rid of build up in the tongue, which harbors foul-smelling microorganisms.


Tongue Scrape
Posted by Gloria (Rome, GA) on 01/18/2006
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YOU CAN ALSO RUN YOUR HAND TO THE BACK OF YOUR MOUTH AND PULL OUT LITTLE ROUND WHITE BALL. SHOULD YOU MASH ONE THE SMELL IS TERRIBLE, BUT THE BAD BREATH IS GONE.


Treat Cavitation Issues

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Posted by Grandma C (Burnsville) on 06/14/2024
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I have had halitosis (bad breath) for many years. I don't have cavities and I am meticulous with flossing and brushing my teeth and tongue. I have tried every kind of mouthwash, gums, mints, toothpastes, etc to no avail. I recently found out the reason- I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 23 and according to my current dentist, cavitations (pockets of infection underneath the teeth) formed because the extractions were not done right. I have been battling bad breath (poo breath) and it has made my life miserable all these years and no one was able to tell me why until now. I had 4 wisdom teeth removed by 2 different dentists. The 1st one savagely butchered my gums and they got very infected on my left side of my mouth- this is where the bad smell has come from all these years. I did not have bad breath all all before this dentist removed my left upper and lower wisdom teeth.

Find a dentist who knows how to treat cavitations- many don't even know about them let alone how to heal them. I have tried the 3% hydrogen peroxide- a few drops in 2 oz warm water and gargle with it for a minute after brushing, flossing and brushing my tongue. I then repeat it and it really does help. I think it helps to kill the surface bacteria but does not cure the infection in the cavitations so it keeps coming back. It helps if you do these gargles in the morning and at night. You have to continue to do it until the cavitations are dealt with. It is expensive to treat the cavitations!


Water

Posted by Peter (Bangkok, Thailand) on 04/04/2012

For the ones that are suffering from bad breath, please try this out! First thing every morning before u brush your teeth, try drinking 640 ml. of water. After 45 mins. you are allowed to eat something. This might not help immediately, just give it a try for couple of days if you see any improvement. Good luck everyone.

Replied by Franko
(Valley Cottage, Us)
05/02/2012

Halitosis has been a problem for me and I've done various things to control it.

1. I believe a diet with lots of fiber (lots of fruit and veggies, especially greens) is very important. Lots of fiber means the food moves quickly through your system and doesn't have a chance to rot and stink and decay inside you. Especially if you eat meat, you MUST accompany that with a lot of fiber, because meat should be made to pass through you very quickly or it will putrify and rot and stink inside you. Letting meat sit inside your body for too long because you don't get enough fiber with it is not only a cause of odor, but a cause of cancer if that habit goes on for too long. Also, greens are valuable because clorophyll tends to deodorize the system. If your feces smells really bad, you are not eating enough fiber. You should be defecating at least once a day, twice is better. Sufficient fiber can also protect you to some extent from dairy products coating your system and hanging around too long.

2. In the evening before bed I take in a mouthful of hot salt water and swish it as forcefully as possible through my teeth, spit it out. Then I take another mouthful of hot salt water and slip a toothbrush into my full mouth and brush my teeth while holding my lips closed so the salt water filling my mouth doesn't pour out. I then spit out the mouthful of salt water into the sink and refill my mouth with new salt water, slip the brush between my lips again and brush in the same way (while my teeth are completely immersed in the salt water in my full mouth), and spit again. Then when I'm done brushing, I gargle with the hot salt water and brush my tongue with it. In future, I'm also going to start brushing with salt water back in my throat further if I can, having read some of the posts above. Anyway, after all that, I rinse out most of the salt in my mouth with plain water.

3. Every morning and during the day I drink lots of water. That tends to clean not just your mouth, but your whole internal system, especially if you are eating enough fiber, which you can get from fruits and veggies. Bacteria forms in the mouth when it's dry. Breathe through your nose, not your mouth, when possible. If your mouth is closed, it won't dry out and so it will form less bacteria.

4. If I'm absolutely determined to control bad breath, I go 90% vegan and eat mostly raw fruits and veggies, with maybe a little yogurt. A raw vegetarian diet after a couple days will tend to give you sweet, baby breath. It can be hard to eat raw greens, but there's a very easy way to do it: Get a good blender (a Vitamix or Blendtech if you can) pop in a nice ripe banana, some water, and some other fruit, and a generous handful of raw greens, like spinach, kale, or others. Add some chia seeds, which are full of vital omega 3 fatty acids. When you blend it all, and taste the smoothie, you won't taste the greens, but mostly just the delicious sweet fruit. It makes a great superhealthy smoothie. One can also get one of the green powder products and add some of that to the fruit and greens in the blender. Google "raw family" on the internet, and check out the raw family website about a family that cured itself of all sorts of diseases by a green-smoothie raw diet. There is also a site called "green smoothie girl. "

5. Just because your mouth tastes funny or bad to you, it doesn't necessarily mean you have bad breath. You might, but might not. I tested it once, at a moment when I was sure I had bad breath, and my friend said, no, not at all, you don't. I breathed right on his nose. That day, I had drunk a lot of fluids but eaten nothing.

I'm going to add a couple of methods to my toolkit: using Apple Cider Vinigar as a gargle and drinking a teaspoon of ACV or whatever the right amount is with some water. Also, I'm going to start taking acidophilus and clorophyll liquid or caps.



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