Posted on: 25/06/2022 Posted by: helpagama Comments: 0

Halitosis, fetor osis, or, simply put, bad breath is an issue most people face regularly. You may face anxiety, awkwardness, or neglect in social situations due to bad breath. Despite brushing and flossing regularly, you may still have bad breath, may not even know how to check it yourself, and be confused as to whether it will ever go away. How to get rid of bad breath may be as simple as a mouthwash, a pill, or lifestyle changes that need to be maintained over time.

What causes bad breath?

Some causes of bad breath, even after brushing, and ways to prevent it with simple techniques and home remedies are discussed below.


Garlic and onions are the biggest culprits for bad breath. There’s nothing wrong with eating them, and they do not cause your dental hygiene to be affected, but they have pungent odors that may reflect in your breath and will not disappear until digested. Also, mouthwash and brushing are temporary cover-ups. You can avoid eating garlic, onions, and excessively tangy or spicy foods if you have to leave the house for an appointment. Cooked onions like onion rings or onion-based curries do not cause smell, but raw or pickled onions may cause your breath to smell.

Following diets that are light in carbohydrates or heavy in protein and fats may cause bad breath. Your digestive process breaks down ketones present in these foods that cause odor to release. Crash dieting and eating less also causes the body to release compounds that produce odor. Gases form in the stomach when it is empty that smell, and even acidity may occur that can come out as bad breath.

Cheese, pastrami, carbonated beverages, alcohol, and tobacco consumption may also lead to bad breath.

Dry Mouth:

When enough saliva isn’t produced in your mouth, it doesn’t flush away the particles that can stay and cause bad breath. This is one of the reasons for morning breath, especially if you sleep with your mouth open. Drinking a healthy amount of water and rinsing your mouth post meals can help keep you hydrated. Eating fruits and vegetables with a higher water content can also keep your body hydrated and aid in reducing the odor.
Also, consumption of alcohol, excess salty foods, tobacco, smoking, and highly acidic foods or juices can cause dry mouth. Consume all these in moderation, and depending on how your mouth feels, adjust.

Dental Hygiene:

Basics that have been taught to us since childhood are sometimes overlooked due to the pressures and fast pace of life. Brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day is inevitable. Also, you should brush for between two to three minutes rather than a quick 45 seconds, and use mouthwash to clean all the tooth surfaces and gums thoroughly. Cleaning your tongue is also considered essential.

Cavities, gum infections:

Cavities and gum infections are also causes of bad breath. Using the tips above, these can be prevented, but if the problem has happened, you should get the required treatment done on time to prevent any worsening of the issue.

Constipation or stomach infection:

Indigestion, constipation, and stomach infections of different kinds can lead to smell in your breath. You should strictly implement healthy eating into your lifestyle to ensure the following problems do not affect your breath, not to mention the other issues that occur along with. Odors are produced by food that doesn’t get digested and fecal matter that isn’t removed by the body over time. These travel to the back of your throat and release when you are talking, which is why even post brushing people experience bad breath. Even having a mint or some kind of mouth freshener is only a temporary cover up in this case.

If you treat the root cause of your stomach’s issues, you will most likely never have to face bad breath again. Of course, you will also see results in your overall mood, weight and improvement in lifestyle as a benefit. In fact, you can check your tongue in the morning before you clean it. If you see a coating on the back or the whole, it usually indicates indigestion. The thickness of the coating and the color (white being lesser intense and yellow being worse) indicates how severe your indigestion is.

Some other medical issues that have to be treated medically that cause bad breath:

  • Liver infection or failure.
  • Diabetes.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Gastro esophageal reflux disease.

How do you identify bad breath?

The most unwanted scenario is when someone else identifies it for you. But, ideally, you would like to know how to identify it yourself and treat the problem before it becomes embarrassing.
A popular myth is that you can breathe into your hand and find out. A better way is to lick your wrist and let it dry. Once it dries, the smell that you get will be a close indicator of how your breath is smelling.
Another myth is that mouthwash will make your bad breath disappear. As discussed above, you may require additional care and remedies to take care of your bad breath permanently, and mouthwash is a temporary cure.

Some additional home remedies:

Drink water:

Stressed upon in various health discussions, consuming an adequate amount of water can help with your breath too.

Baking soda mouthwash:

Useful in various health-related remedies, you can use a baking soda rinse to help your bad breath. In a cup of warm water, add two teaspoons of baking soda, swirl around for about half a minute and spit it out.

Fennel seeds:

A few fennel seeds post a meal can freshen your breath and even aid in your digestion, thereby being a short-term and long-term remedy.


Either grab a slice of pineapple or a glass of pineapple juice, and you may see a positive effect on your bad breath.

Sugarless gum or candy:

Who knew chewing gum or sucking on candy could be considered a remedy? Sugarless is recommended, so it doesn’t have its usual detrimental effects on your teeth. The gum or candy promotes the production of saliva, which washes away bacteria and particles of food.
If you wear any dental appliances like dentures, regularly clean and sanitize them. They can accumulate bacteria and cause foul smell.


We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But, it could make sure people don’t go away too! Yes, apples have certain naturally occurring elements that can neutralize foul breath, especially the one produced by garlic.

Green tea:

Green tea has deodorizing and disinfectant properties that can help bad breath. Even mint has similar effects. You can make green tea or even mint green tea. Better yet, you can make a batch of mint green tea, cool it down, and take it to work or out with you all day, thereby sipping and maintaining fresh breath all the time.

Key takeaways:

Bad breath, as we know, can plague someone’s social and personal life by making people around them uncomfortable. Be it in a relationship, with friends, or with family, bad breath causes the people around you to want to distance themselves and may interrupt at work also with people losing focus on what you are saying, thereby interrupting your business or job.

Various home remedies are discussed, and these can be implemented in combination or singly. Either way, it is clearly visible that treating your bad breath can involve such changes in your lifestyle that impact your health and body in a positive manner. Improving your diet will cause you to maintain your fat levels, and also avoiding extreme diets will keep you healthy and free from the ill side-effects of the same.

While most people are not aware of the causes beyond oral hygiene, we may wonder whether the bad breath is our fault or our bad luck. Hopefully, this problem can be tackled by all human beings at home, which would lead to people leading better lifestyles and feeling better about themselves at the same time.

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