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How To Reduce Bad Breath

Updated on May 16, 2010

What Caused Bad Breath?

Bad Breath can be embarrassing and annoying. It will disturb your social life. Bad breath also a common problem to many people. It is mostly caused by the kind of food we eat, our dental hygiene habits and sometime it caused by diseases like gum disease or intestine infection.

According to the western literature :
What caused bad breath or Halitosis,
1. From inside the mouth
The hygienic condition of mouth and teeth 
Type of food we consume
Diseases : in the mouth, gum, and teeth

2. It can be caused by more serious problem like systemic diseases such as kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, diabetes mellitus, pulmonary tuberculosis.
Or disease from the digestive system.

According to the eastern literature

Bad Breath problem associated with the element of "hot stomach", "Blood clot", fatigue and etc.
Gas in the mouth is the evaporation of "heat" from internal organs.

"Heat" can be derived from:

1. "Heat" that evaporates into the mouth from the stomach
Clinical looked of red bleed swollen gums, spicy fatty foods eating habits. You know, from eastern culinary like the greasy and fatty Padang foods and some Indian Foods.

2. Hoard food in the stomach and intestines
There is indigestion, constipation. Bad Breath can be caused by constipation too.

3. "Phlegm heat" / infection in the lungs

Some Ways To Reduce Bad Breath

1. Drink plenty of water
Mineral water may help erase all the foods and beverages left in our mouth. By drinking water, you will keep your mouth wet and salivated. When your mouth gets dry, your breath will stink.

Drinking water and gargle is the simplest thing to neutralize bad breath caused by food and beverage. So, be sure to drink at least eight cups of water a day.

2. Chew sugarless gum
Chewing Sugarless gum could destroy food and dead cells in the mouth, and their production of saliva. Experts say that chewing gum is very effective against bad breath because it inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

3. Consume fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C
Lemons, green peppers, and broccoli contain a lot of vitamin c. These foods can eliminate the bacteria causing the smell and bad taste in the mouth. More effective when eaten raw because of the abrasive material and helps to remove dirt.

4. Yogurt
Japanese researchers found that sugar-free yogurt that is consumed three times a day for six weeks can reduce bad breath. How it works by reducing levels of sulfate compounds. can eliminate the bacteria causing odor and bad taste in the mouth. More effective when eaten raw because of the abrasive material and helps to remove dirt.

5. Baking Soda
Gargling with baking soda and warm water is another way to control your bad breath. Mix baking soda with a cup of warm water and gargle for about 30 minutes. This will help you get rid of your stinky breath.

6. Another easy and healthy remedy is to make a mouthwash with cloves, cinnamon, anise seed and rosemary. The mixture is steeped in water for a week, then strained and used as desired.

7. Some people in my country just chewing fresh parsley and bay leaves.

Another way to reduce bad breath is :

Using Acupuncture

The Role of Acupuncture

Beside maintain oral hygiene and regulates foods, acupuncture can reduce the "heat" in the stomach and intestines, intestinal function and overcome launched constipation so no more unpleasant "hot steam" will ride into your mouth and you will recover from halitosis.

Acupuncture is done 2-3 times a week as many as 8-10 times.

If all the remedies do not help, just seek the dentist and ask your personal doctor for help.


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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Possum Lover, thank you for such an encouraging comment :)

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      possum lover 7 years ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

      You have a very helpful hub, keep up the good work.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      TopUniverse, you're most welcome!

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      TopUniverse 7 years ago

      Tips are very nice. Thanks febriedethan.

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      govind 7 years ago

      nice tips very use full

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      2patricias, I think 3 minutes or less is enough, haha..

      Osita, thank you.

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      Osita 7 years ago

      Your article is very informative. I am glad i read it.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Very useful and interesting info - but gargle for 30 minutes? Surely not?

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      Anthony 7 years ago

      Alex, you're either trying to be funny, or you simply forgot, but what is the name of the eBook?

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      cosmetic dentists, thank you for visiting! Yes, kid is hilarious as always :)

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      cosmetic dentists 7 years ago

      Nice article, and the picture of the kid made me laugh.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Alex, I'm glad that you have your days back and thank you for the information !

      Brother Dave, you're welcome.

      Lilian, ni hao..thank you so much for voted!

      Have a wonderful time everybody!!

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Jessie, welcome to Hubpages! thank's

      Hello, hello, well who doesn't? I do too sometime, great to see you here :)

      heart4theworld, you're welcome :)

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      lilian_sg 7 years ago from Singapore

      I voted this as useful! Bad breath is definitely something we all don't want and don't need.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Thank you for this added knowledge. Of course my being a smoker does not help either.


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      Alexs Parson 7 years ago

      I had fecal breath odor for YEARS. Talked to many doctors who I am sure thought that I was crazy....I finally had a friend who suffers too, send me a eBook he bought 5 or 6 months ago he ask me how his breath smelt and I didn't smell a thing. He said the eBook amongst much else had him stop eating dairy food/ soft drinks and coffee/tea. So I’m like reading it and doing all the stuff it says to do. Thinking this has to be bull. But after a few days my tongue started turning red and felt nice. I worked up the courage to ask a friend how my breath smelt and hes like I don’t smell anything. Now I’m thinking all those years of humiliation and I could have solved it ffs! There is a site about it called Oraltech Labs When I read the site I felt sorry for the guy as he clearly had a real tough time with his bad breath, which pretty much ruined his school years. At lest he found a way to beat his bad breath and is letting others know how. Post this every! where to help people!! Thanks

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Learned something new about maintaining fresh breath:) Thank you!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this wonderful help. I suffer with it and I will try your tips.

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      jessieagudo 7 years ago

      nice sharing...