There are only a few social faux pas moves that are worse than having a case of halitosis (bad breath), especially when you’re on a first date or a business meeting. Some people may not even be aware that they have it. While we all have occasional bouts with the problem every once in a while, especially after a garlic-filled plate of pasta, some of us have an ongoing battle with keeping our breath fresh and ready to make a great impression. If you do have an ongoing struggle, here
are some natural ways to fight back.

Natural Battlers of Bad Breath

toothpaste tubeOf course, brushing and flossing regularly is step one in taking care of it, but if you want to make sure your breath is extra fresh, here are some tricks to try:

  • Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a great remedy for bad breath because it balances the pH in your mouth. The most effective way to use it is to stir one tablespoon into a glass of water and gargle it. Apple cider vinegar also aids in digestion, so don’t worry about swallowing it.
  • Rinse with Lemon Juice. This is an old folk remedy that actually is effective. The acidic content in lemons prevents bacteria growth in your mouth. Stir one tablespoon of it into a cup of water and rinse. Adding salt also helps with dry mouth, which is a main cause of bad breath.
  • Try Tea Tree Oil. Because it has antiseptic properties, tea tree oil is a great way to disinfect your mouth. Either brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing tea tree oil or put a few drops of tea tree oil on your toothbrush along with your regular toothpaste and brush normally.
  • Drink Tea. Green tea, black tea and herbal teas can also help combat bad breath. The antioxidants present in both green and black tea can help stop the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath. While you may not want to give up coffee entirely, try trading at least one cup for tea.

Other Helpful Hints for Halitosis
Of course, great oral hygiene is an important step in prevention of bad breath, which includes regular dental exams. Try these tricks and also make sure you talk to the dentist to see if there’s an underlying problem causing bad breath.