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Trying to Fight Bad Breath? Here’s How!

When it comes to bad breath, we’ve all experienced it. Sometimes we catch it on our own, while other times we face the embarrassment of someone else bringing it up. Either way, it can lead to self-consciousness in most people -- especially when a solution seems so hard to come by.

The scary thing is that bad breath can be caused by a variety of different things, some more serious and permanent than others. The good news is there are a variety of known solutions to prevent and fight bad breath for the long-term and short-term.

To understand a bit more on some of the more common causes of bad breath, we’ve listed some of them below:

  • Oral Health - Poor oral hygiene, an inconsistent teeth cleaning routine, non-regular visits to the Dentist, cavities, and gum disease are all causes of bad breath.
  • Diet - Your diet and daily nutrition intake can be a source of bad breath, especially with flavorful foods or drinks, coffee, alcohol, high-protein diets, high-sugar diets, and low-carb diets can produce bad breath.
  • Smoking - In addition to causing gum disease, smoking will always lead to bad breath. Any tobacco product, including cigarettes, chew, or pipes.
  • Digestive Issues - Acid reflux, poor digestion, and bowel complications can all cause odors to pass through the esophagus back through the mouth. This will leave you with bad breath.

Knowing how to properly deal with bad breath can save you the embarrassment with your friends and give you the confidence to smile, laugh, or talk to others again. Let’s take a look at some at-home treatments that are known to help with bad breath.

At-Home Treatments

Whether you need a one-time quick fix or something to add to your daily/weekly oral hygiene routine, there are a wide variety of ways to help prevent bad breath. Of course, your diet will have a lot to do with it. If you’re finding it too difficult to change your diet, you can try any of the following at-home treatments to cure your bad breath:

  • Salt Water - Mixing water and salt into a glass and swishing it around your mouth for 30 seconds can help remove bad odors from your mouth.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - You can add this to a glass of water and use it as a natural mouthwash for an easy fix to bad breath.
  • Cloves - Bad breath can be cured by sucking on a few cloves everyday, but make sure they aren’t powdered cloves or clove oil.

Mouthwash can also be a great resource, but some people have difficulty finding a mouthwash they can tolerate. You can always make your own natural mouthwash from the options above, but there are also tons of other recipes online to get a natural mouthwash with a better taste.

Dental Routine

One of the most important things to a healthy and pleasing breath are regular dentist visits. Not only do they give you a thorough clean to help prevent bad breath, but they will be able to spot any diseases or cavities that could be contributing to your foul breath.

The longer you allow these dental complications to rule over your breath, the worse it will get. Visiting with your dentist on a regular basis, in addition to a consistent daily cleaning routine, can help ensure your breath is in tip-top shape everyday.

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