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Natural Remedies For Bad Breath

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Having bad breath can be embarrassing. It can be make you feel self conscious while on a date or in close proximity to a co-worker. However, bad breath is not something that you need to live with. Here are a few natural ways that you can work to treat your bad breath.

Chew on Cloves

One of the ways that you can attempt to fight breath naturally is to chew and/or suck on cloves. Cloves are a spice that are easily found and readily available. They have anti-septic and anti-microbial properties that help to kill the bacteria and germs that are responsible for causing bad breath. They also have a unique scent to them that helps to neutralize bad breath caused by eating strong smelling foods, including garlic and onions. Chewing on cloves has also been shown to relieve pain related to dental emergencies, so it is great to have on hand. Give cloves a try if you are looking to neutralize your funky smelling breath.

Make a Baking Soda Mouthwash

Another way to fight bad breath is to make your own baking soda mouthwash. Unlike alcohol-based mouthwashes, baking soda changes the pH in the mouth without drying the mouth out. This helps to kill bacteria and germs without drying out the mouth, which can cause an increase in foul smelling breath. Dissolve half a teaspoon of baking soda in one cup of warm water and then swish the mixture around in your mouth for 30 seconds. Repeat this process at in the morning and before going to bed routinely for best results.

Chew on a Lemon or Orange Rind

The last way that you can work to fight bad breath is to chew on a lemon or orange rind when you begin to smell your own breath. The citric acid helps you to produce more saliva quickly, helping to fight bad breath. This method works like gum or a mint. It helps to disguise your breath, rather than stop the problem. But, if you are in a pinch and need fresher breath before an important date, this can help disguise your bad breath temporarily.

If you have attempted to treat bad breath in a variety of ways and are unable to do so, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Lingering or bad breath that can't be treated can be a sign of a dental conditions. You may have a cavity or gum infection. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out what it is causing your bad breath and be on the path to getting it cleared up.