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How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath: 14 Home Remedies That Really Work

Having bad breath, also known as halitosis, is not only a social stress but can also mean that there is something going on with your health that needs to be addressed. Sure, there are things that we might eat or drink that can cause our breath to smell somewhat funky, like garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol, but if you have bad breath consistently it is a good thing to look into the reason why.

A healthy, in balance body will not produce the symptom of chronic halitosis. Like a headache or fatigue, bad breath is just one way that your body is telling you that there is a bigger problem needing to be dealt with. Studies indicate that 5-10% of bad breath is actually the result of a serious medical condition – that translates to 2-5 million people who need to tune into what their body is trying to tell them.

Different Types Of Bad Breath

Various conditions (described below) can be identified depending on how your breath smells

Cheesy smell – bad breath coming from the nasal area
Fruity smell – could be caused by uncontrolled diabetes
Fishy smell –  could indicate kidney issues
Acidic smell – could be caused by asthma
Musty smell – could be caused by liver issues
Fecal odor – could be caused by a bowel obstruction

Reasons For Bad Breath Explained

Here are just some of the reasons why your breath may smell:

Tooth decay – Tooth decay also known as a cavity is caused by bacteria. If you suffer from tooth decay you may also have inflamed gums, infection and abscesses. All of these things are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can cause your breath to smell very foul.

Gum disease – Also known as gingivitis, can also cause bad breath. Plaque builds up on teeth and results in a film that causes the breath to smell. Research has confirmed that bacteria in the mouth are to blame.

Tonsillitis – If you suffer from chronic or acute tonsillitis you may notice that your breath has an odor. About 15-30% of tonsil infections are caused by bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Sinus infection – Sinusitis is caused by an inflammation of the nasal sinuses. When acute, it can be caused by bacteria causing bad breath. If the problem with your sinuses is chronic it may be due to allergies.

Home Remedies For Bad Breath

Here are some of the easy home remedies that can help reduce the occurrence and severity of bad breath:

Saltwater Rinse

Rinsing with saltwater helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria in the throat and mouth. Because salt is slightly acidic it helps balance the alkalizing environment that can cause the growth of microbes causing bad breath

Fermented Food

Consuming more fermented food like kombucha can help keep a healthy level of good gut flora that fights off yeast and other bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that pulls toxins from the mouth and removes dead cells that build up overnight. Both of these can cause bad breath.


Consuming more fiber helps your digestive system remove harmful toxins that can build up and cause bad breath. Fiber-rich foods include oranges, carrots, avocados, sweet potatoes, sugar snap peas, oats, almonds, and apples.

Baking Soda

Adding a little baking soda to your toothpaste or making your own toothpaste with baking soda is not only a great way to keep your teeth white, it also changes the pH in the mouth to make it less desirable for bacteria.

Tongue Scraper

Even if you brush your tongue when you brush your teeth, you may still leave some stubborn bacteria behind. Use a tongue scraper to be sure that your tongue is free from these bad breath-causing bacteria.

Warming Herbs

You can boost your digestive function with herbs such as turmeric, ginger, fennel and black pepper. To aid digestion, enjoy a cup of ginger tea twenty minutes before meals.

Stay Hydrated

Avoid dry mouth by drinking plenty of water. Green tea is also an excellent beverage choice as it has powerful antioxidants that can help fight the growth of undesirable bacteria in the mouth.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains both antifungal as well as antibacterial properties. Gargle with 100% aloe vera juice as often as needed to kill bacteria and keep your mouth fresh and smelling great.

Nose Breathe

We were not designed to breathe through our mouths but many people do just this. The result is that you wake with a very dry mouth and often bad breath.


Exercising daily helps increase ventilation and circulation resulting in an increased cellular turnover in the body.

Manage Stress

Stress is to blame for so many health conditions, bad breath is just one more. Stress can actually change the odor of your body.

Good Sleep

Sleep is necessary for overall health and wellbeing. We are not machines, the human body was designed to rest at least eight hours a night.

Skin Rubs

Believe it or not, our skin microbiome actually communicates with our oral microbiome.