What are Home Remedies for Halitosis?

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  • Written By: J. Beam
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  • Last Modified Date: 30 September 2017
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Halitosis is the technical name given to bad breath. Halitosis affects slightly more than half the population, and though it can be embarrassing, it can also be an indicator of a larger problem. There is no substitute for routine and regular dental care, but there are several home remedies that are effective against halitosis.

Because the source of halitosis is sulfur gas produced by bacteria found in the mouth, proper oral hygiene is the most effective treatment. Some people are more likely to suffer from halitosis because their bodies are predisposed to harbor bacteria in the mouth and throat. These individuals suffer from chronic, or ongoing, bad breath. Other people may suffer acute halitosis, or periodic bad breath. Typically, these individuals have either slacked in their dental care and hygiene, had a reaction to something they ate, or recently contracted an illness.

In either case, chronic or acute, halitosis is mostly a problem that can be treated with diligence. Choosing a toothpaste and rinse that act as antibacterials will help the most. Look for a mouthwash that contains both thymol and eukalyptol, which are oils derived from thyme and eucalyptus respectively. These herbs have been found to destroy the bacteria causing bad breath. Also, avoid mouthwash and toothpaste containing the amino acid cysteine.

If halitosis is a persistent problem, in addition to proper at-home oral hygiene and routine dental care, it may be helpful to include certain dietary supplements in your daily routine. Vitamins C and E, zinc, coenzyme Q10, and folic acid are believed to be useful at reducing the odor-causing bacteria of the mouth. A baking soda rinse may also prove useful in eliminating or reducing bad breath. In addition to proper oral hygiene and dietary supplements, people suffering from chronic halitosis should also brush their teeth immediately after consuming sulfur-rich foods, such as dairy, fish, and meat. Also, keep sugar-free mints or gum on hand for use in a pinch.

Visit your dentist regularly to ensure that chronic halitosis is not an indicator of gum disease or another condition. Talk to your dentist or doctor before changing your diet or taking dietary supplements to help prevent bad breath. Remember that many people suffer from halitosis, and with proper attention at home and from your dentist, you can reduce or eliminate the problem.

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anon123995
Post 3

is it for sure guaranteed? I've been suffering from halitosis for almost a year now. and yes it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I just feel like committing suicide if this cannot be remedied. Please help.

anon95859
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Hey anon, I have been suffering for quite awhile. I have all of those products. what do i need to do?

anon79685
Post 1

I really like what this site is talking about, but I don't see any actual step by step instructions.

I struggled with bad breath for about two years. I tried everything there was. I finally found a solution that will work for anyone, and I am so compelled to share the info because bad breath is the worst thing I've ever had to deal with. Even worse than acne.

The good thing is that I don't want anything from you, and you don't have to buy anything from me or anything like that. I really just want to help. Immediate and lasting results guaranteed or you can yell at me if you're not satisfied! lol! All you need is: a tongue scraper, a toothbrush, water, hydrogen peroxide, and pure baking soda!

See ya!

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