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How to get rid of Bad Breath

It has been observed that sometimes if the breath is entirely neutral, people acknowledge they have bad breath. On the other hand, some people have a distinctive breath, especially an unpleasant one, and are unaware of it as it can be tough to smell your breath.

If your doubts are confirmed about your breath smelling bad, do not stress out. You can immediately eliminate bad breath using many simple home remedies. Let's take a look at some of the home remedies that we recommend.

Home Remedies

1. Regularly practising basic oral hygiene

Plaque is the sticky accumulation on the teeth that develops bacteria which eventually causes terrible breath. This can be due to food which gets stuck between our teeth.

As most dentists suggest, brushing at least two times a day and flossing at least once. But we highly recommend you do not overdo it as it can make teeth vulnerable to decay by wearing them down.

2. Rinsing

Rinsing is one of the best methods of getting rid of bacteria besides freshening your breath. Avoid rinsing just for the sake of poor breath. Choosing a mouthwash just based on its flavour and colour may not be a good idea. Ensure the mouthwash you use also eliminates the bacteria causing bad breath. Try choosing alcohol-free mouthwashes since alcohol-based mouthwashes tend to dry out the mouth.

We suggest you rinse your mouth after every meal either with mouthwash or clean water as it can help in getting rid of particles stuck between the teeth.

3. Tongue Scraping

Scrape your tongue is essential as it eliminates smelly bacteria by cleansing the coating that forms on your tongue. We recommend using a tongue cleaner to scrape your tongue for better results than brushing your tongue with a toothbrush.

Sometimes, brushes cannot reach the back of the tongue because of their size, and to deal with this problem a tongue scraper was made. Another reason we promote tongue scrapers over brushes is that scrapers were explicitly designed to apply uniform pressure across the tongue's surface, which removed bacteria and dead cells.

4. Stop smoking

Nowadays, people are well aware of the repercussions of smoking, but there is more to it. Besides respiratory issues and cancer, it also damages overall oral health by staining your teeth, harming gums and giving you bad breath.

5. Moisten your mouth

Another primary reason for bad breath and tooth decay is when you don't produce sufficient saliva. Saliva plays an essential part in maintaining your mouth clean. Bacteria thrive in the absence of saliva. If you notice, you will realise, mouth usually dries out while asleep, which is why our mouth smells terrible in the morning.

If your feel your mouth is dry, hydrate yourself immediately as it can instantly lead to the odour you wouldn't like people to know about coming from your mouth. Another way to counter it is by chewing sugar-free gum.

Food & Beverages to eliminate bad breath

apple milkshake with yoghurt and oranges to eliminate bad breath


Yoghurt contains lactobacillus, a beneficial bacteria that helps combat harmful bacteria in the body. Many research studies prove that it also helps in eliminating bad breath. This is because of the probiotics present in yoghurt. It is recommended to eat at least one serving per day of plain, non-fat yoghurt to combat bad breath.


Milk is the most popular home remedy for bad breath. It is observed that sipping milk post consuming foods with strong garlic & onion essence can significantly improve breath.

This is why many people prefer sipping a glass of milk after a meal comprising strong-smelling foods.

Fennel or anise seeds

Fennel seed is another popular ingredient that people generally are well aware of in India. Roasted fennel seeds are used as mouth fresheners to cleanse after-meal breath. The best part is that fennel seeds also taste great and have aromatic essential oils that make the breath fresh. We suggest consuming fennel and anise seeds plain or roasted over the ones with sugar coating.


Oranges offer many benefits to our all-over health; one of them is promoting dental hygiene.

We know how important role saliva plays in defining our breath. Orange eliminates terrible breath by producing sufficient saliva to rinse away foul-smelling bacteria. Studies show Vitamin C aids saliva production, which can further eliminate bad breath.

Green tea

Green tea is considered an effective remedy for cleansing breath. Numerous studies suggest that green tea has deodorising properties which temporarily freshen the breath. This property is usually found in mint.


Raw apples have a significant effect on garlic or onion breath. Several essential compounds in apples neutralise the foul-smelling compounds. These essential compounds are beneficial to cleanse garlic and onion breaths by balancing the bloodstream rather than deodorise the mouth.


Visit Dr Kumarswamy's Dental Clinic regularly to attain excellent oral hygiene and ensure you never have a bad breath.

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