Bad breath is inconvenient and embarrassing. We’ve all experienced that one boss, teacher, or friend that you stand inconspicuously far away from to avoid the smell. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is most commonly caused by an imbalance of mouth bacteria and can sometimes be an indicator of other internal medical conditions. It can be a serious problem for some people, but don’t fret, there is hope. There are many natural remedies you can use to avoid bad breath, without breaking the bank.

1. Gargle with warm salt water 1-2 times daily

Salt water prevents bacteria buildup in the mouth and throat.

2. Digestive enzymes (probiotics)

If you suffer from digestion problems as well as bad breath, this may be the solution for you. These symptoms could be a sign of a bacterial imbalance in your stomach, which probiotics will can help with.

3. Cinnamon

According to an article in Science News, “Dental scientists in Chicago have shown that an essential oil from this spice (cinnamon) can kill oral bacteria, including germs responsible for a chemical that imparts the rotten egg smell to the breath.” Cinnamon chewing gum and breath mints are a great way to curb that bad breath.

4. Drink more water

It is recommended that you drink 6-8 ounces of water each day. Drinking more water will help flush away food particles and bacteria that may be causing stinky breath.

5. Improve your oral hygiene routine

Regular tooth brushing is a given, but adding flossing to your daily routine can make a big difference. Brushing your tongue well will also improve smell. Bacteria accumulates on the topside of your tongue. If you see a white film, make sure to brush it off or use a tongue scraper.

6. Peppermint essential oil

Gargling daily with peppermint oil is also a good way to kill bacteria and leave your mouth fresh and clean. Peppermint oil is a very potent anti-microbial. It is recommended you mix 2 drops with water and swish and gargle for at least thirty seconds.

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