Bad breath, or halitosis, is never pleasant! It is probably safe to say that everyone has had an experience with bad breath at least once, but likely many times before. Bad breath can be caused by cavities, gum disease, inflammation, malnutrition, poor oral hygiene, an infection, an intestinal disorder, as well as from smoking and consuming garlic, onion, coffee, or alcohol. While brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal, drinking plenty of water, and getting your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year are the main ways to fight halitosis, there are also some natural methods you can use in between to keep your breath fresh.
Gum or mint that contains xylitol (very toxic to pets!)
Plain fortified yogurt
One cup of water mixed with one teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of peppermint essential oil (don’t swallow!) *This homemade and alcohol-free mouthwash recipe makes enough for several rinses.
If you are keeping up with your oral hygiene and you have tried these methods and find that you still have chronic bad breath, make sure you bring that up next time you are in the office. It’s essential to be proactive about your health, and persistent bad breath could be a sign of a bigger underlying problem.