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Cure Bad Breath - Things that Really Work

Updated on February 02, 2017

There is nothing more embarrassing than finding out you have bad Breath. I remember a commercial in the 60's, where a grandmother came to visit and after greeting her grandson, he looked at her and said, "gee grandma your breath smells funny!"

That is not the way you want to find out you have a problem. Can you cure bad breath? Many people have had or will have a problem with bad breath. It can be inconvenient and embarrassing. The mouth is one of the most germ-filled parts of the body.

There are many causes and remedies for bad breath. When regular brushing and flossing does not cure halitosis, it is time to examine other causes for the problem. The main thing is to determine the cause and select the remedy that will work for you.

If you are over 50, you may remember the commercial, where a grandmother came to visit and when she bent down to say hello to a small child, he said, "Gee grandma, your breath smells funny!" Don't let this happen to you!

Bad Breath
Bad Breath

Food Causes

Bad breath, can be such a concern for people, there is a whole industry built around helping people get rid of it. Diet plays an important role is breath odor. What we eat, can cause mouth odor problems. This is because of sulfur compounds caused because of anaerobic bacteria breaking down proteins in food.

The cure for bad is simple. Cut out the foods that are causing the offending odors, or by making sure to brush, floss and clean your tongue after eating. If you eating out, you can request a sprig of parsley, which is a great antidote especially after eating garlic.

6 Steps to Curing Bad Breath

Test Yourself

The first steps to improving your bad breath are to realize that you have it. It is hard to tell yourself if you have a problem with breath odor. You can ask a close friend or spouse to check your breath or if you want to check it yourself, there is another way.

Take a spoon and scrape the back part of your tongue closest to your throat. Allow the film on the spoon to dry and sniff. If it smells, you have bad breath.


Dehydration can also be a reason or cause of bad breath. Water cleans the tongue and removes toxins from the body. When toxins build up in the body, it can cause halitosis.

The human body is mostly water, it is necessary for use to consume enough of it, to enable our body to detoxify itself. Dehydration can be a major cause of breath odor.

Water is a healing and cleansing agent, that facilitates digestion and elimination. A lack of water in the diet can cause difficulty in digestion as well as constipation. Make sure to drink, at least half you body weight in water to help with fresher breath.


Cure Bad Breath - Seeing your Dentist

Dental problems can be a major reason for halitosis. It is important to visit you dentist regularly to avoid major problems that can be difficult to reverse.

Persistent bad breath can be a sign that you may have gum disease or damaged teeth in need of repair. A sign of periodontal disease are sensitive, or red, swollen gums, or bleeding when you brush or floss. The cure for this type of bad breath is to repair any broken or decaying teeth and address gum problems

The Drs. Show on Bad Breath

Natural Remedies

  • Proper dental care: brush and floss regularly and see your dentist at least once a year.
  • Grapefruit seed extract: Is good for killing bacteria that can cause dental problems and bad breath
  • pH 2.5 water: Kills most bacteria, germs, and virus in less than a minute after contact
  • Probiotics: Probiotics help to balance bacteria in the digestive system, that may cause problems and treats constipation. You can find probiotics in the health food store and they are present in natural yogurt
  • Chlorophyll, alfalfa, charcoal: Ingesting these will help with your breath from the inside out.
  • Brush or scrape: Brush or scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush.
  • Drink water: Water is important to avoid dry mouth and dehydration, and flush impurities from the body
  • Avoid constipation: Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. Foods high in pectin help deodorize the mouth.


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      Cindy35Wallace 4 years ago

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 4 years ago from Tumkur

      Useful article.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for the information BB!

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      BB 5 years ago

      I used to have Gingivitis or bleeding gums until I found this amazing probiotic for the mouth and throat called BLIS K12. It's been a miracle- to fight my Gingivitis as well as bad breath. Their website also lists a lot of other health benefits.

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      Olive Ellis 5 years ago

      Thanks for this information. I sometimes wonder if my breath smells and I am unaware of it. Great hub as usual

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good tips on an important health issue and all so true! Water, diet, dental visits are key factors and the probiotics and chlorophyll(liquid form available at health food stores) support the cause.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I know 4seazons, everyone has had this problem at one time or another! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Queens

      Nice way to handle a sensitive problem. No one wants to hear "your breath smells!" When someone offers me a mint, I ask them "do I need it?" Softens the blow in case they embarrassingly nod their head in the affirmative. Thanks again 2besure - never leave your Hubs disappointed.

    • profile image 5 years ago from Phoenixville, PA

      Thanks for this advice. My lovely children and partner have let me know this is a concern of mine, despite great oral hygiene habits and diet. I am going to try more water (which helps everything!) and maybe the chlorophyll. I would also like to commend you on the concise quality of your hub :)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for taking time to comment creativeone59! God bless!

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      benny Faye Douglass 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you 2besure, for a very informative hub, we all need to know how to keep our breath fresh. Thanks for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks Dexter! No one wants to walk around with bad breath!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi 2besure! You have done an excellent job in presenting a difficult subject. Thanks for the great information.

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