There are many things that can cause bad breath: Dry mouth, sinus infection, acid reflux, diabetes, pneumonia, smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, etc. Thankfully, there are also many different solutions to the problem of bad breath.

From applying medicinal herbs to organic remedies, many DIY therapies can be used to tackle the embarrassing problem of having a foul-smelling mouth. Here are some of the most common home remedies you can try out on your own:

Drinking water

While it may not sound like much, drinking water – and lots of it – is one of the simplest and most effective ways of treating bad breath (halitosis). Water is a universal solvent that helps to prevent your mouth from drying out and helps to naturally flush out food debris. Keeping your mouth moist at all times is also an effective of preventing foul-smelling bacteria from accumulating on your teeth and gums.

Eating fruits and vegetables 

Eating fibrous fruits and vegetables can help to detoxify your digestive system. When your digestive system improves, it reduces the likelihood of gas buildup that may cause bad breath. It also helps to consume fresh fruits that are rich in Vitamin C that aids in generating saliva flow. Saliva is a natural cleaning agent that keeps your mouth moist and free from dry mouth problems. Acidic foods like oranges and lemon also help to kill foul-smelling bacteria.

Take cinnamon products

Cinnamon is a natural spice known for its refreshing and fragrant aroma, which is why it is often used to mask the smell of bad breath. You can benefit from the therapeutic properties of cinnamon through the forms of cinnamon tea or cinnamon oil. The latter may be added to a glass of water and used as a gargle. Do not swallow as it is unsafe to consume cinnamon oil. Alternatively, you can add cinnamon powder to a cup of boiling water and sip as a tea drink. Two to three cups of cinnamon tea a day is a good method of countering bad breath. The cinnamon extract has powerful anti-bacterial properties that can help ward off the odour-causing bacteria.

Mint leaves and sunflower seeds

Chewing mint leaves is a great and natural way to freshen up your breath, especially effective when you do it after meals. Another great natural chew to try after meals is that of sunflower seeds. Just pop a fistful into your mouth and chew away the odour.

Oral care maintenance 

The importance of brushing and flossing your teeth cannot be overemphasized. These at-home oral care activities go hand-in-hand when it comes to prevention of bad breath. A toothbrush that doubles as a tongue scraper is recommended as the abrasive side certainly helps to clear your palette of any lingering odour or bacteria. After all, more than 50% of the bacteria that causes bad breath are located in your tongue and not in your teeth.

If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, you should consult a dentist to check whether it is caused by plaque buildup that results in gum disease. Other dental causes include ill-fitting dental devices, tooth ache or oral yeast infection.

To book an appointment with one of our friendly dentists to consult on any dental issues – including bad breath and halitosis – please contact Macquarie Street Centre today. Simply call our friendly Sydney CBD Clinic at 02 9247 1394.