How to deal with bad breath

Have a case of bad breath? Try out these home remedies to help chase away those odours from your mouth.


Poor dental hygiene is one of the most common causes of bad breath. Preventing plaque buildup is the key to maintaining a healthy mouth. So don’t ignore brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at least twice a day (morning and night). Besides that flossing daily can prevent bacteria from growing on bits of food stuck in your teeth for at least once per day. Bacteria can also accumulate on the tongue, causing a foul smell. A practice known as tongue scraping can help you remove this thin layer of film. Using your toothbrush or a specialized tongue scraper, brush or scrape your tongue at least once per day.

Here are many home remedies that can eliminate bad breath. Let’s take a closer look at some of them


Surprise, surprise! Making sure you drink enough water is key to killing bad breath.

Your mouth naturally dries out while you sleep, which is why breath is typically worse in the morning. Mouth dryness often causes bad breath. Saliva plays a very important role in keeping your mouth clean. Without it, bacteria thrive. You can prevent dry mouth by keeping your body hydrated. Drinking water (not caffeinated or sugary drinks) throughout the day encourages saliva production so is vital to aim for at least eight glasses of water per day.


Parsley is a popular folk remedy for bad breath. Its fresh scent and high chlorophyll content suggest that it can have a deodorizing effect. So try chewing on fresh parsley leaves after each meal


green tea and mint

Green tea is an effective home remedy for bad breath. Studies have shown that it works as a disinfectant and deodorizer that can temporarily freshen the breath. Mint has similar effects, so a cup of green mint tea may be an ideal breath freshener.

Brew two cups of tea before going to bed and refrigerate it overnight. Pour your cool tea into a water bottle and bring it to work. Slowly sip on it throughout the day.