November 1, 2007

Home remedies for bad breath

bad breathbad breathYou must have observed some persons who behave queerly while conversing with others. They try to close their mouth with a hanky while talking, maintain a reasonable distance from the other person and are usually in a hurry to end the conversation. This peculiarity is immediately obvious to you. Knowing them to be otherwise confident and self-assured, you are left wondering as to what they are trying to hide. And then it dawns upon you that the reason for this abnormal behavior is bad breath. But it is no laughing matter when you are the sufferer and face such an embarrassing situation of bad breath, also known in medical parlance as ‘halitosis’.


Temporary bad-breath can occur when one has savored delectable dishes interspersed with strong flavored foods like onion, garlic, or as a result of food particles getting trapped in the teeth cavities. Other causes could be constipation and/or as a symptom pointing to other diseases. Read all about it in Bad Breath (Halitosis).
Here are some home based tips and remedies for bad breath:
*See to it that you are properly hydrated and eat fresh, fibre rich vegetables and foods to keep constipation at bay. If you suffer from indigestion then try some of these home remedies.
* Make a habit of chewing saunf (fennel seeds) after every meal. This not just freshens the breath but also aids digestion.
* Prepare a paste of sandalwood by rubbing it with water on a clean stone slab. Squeeze half a lemon in it. Use this mixture as a mouth wash. This will freshen the breath.
* Bitter neem with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties is ideal for cleaning teeth. So brush teeth with neem twigs and neem paste. It is good for the gums also.
* Eat a fragrant green cardamom (elaichi) after meals. It is an excellent mouth freshener.
* Use coriander (dhaniya) decoction as a mouth wash.
* Mix lemon juice with twice the quantity of rose water. Use this mixture to gargle as often as possible. This helps to get rid of bad breath.
* Gargle with a cold decoction of Aloevera mixed with honey in case of chronic bad breath.

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66 comments:

  1. These are all great suggestions to combat bad breath. I think I'll try some of them. I've tried a lot of things. I've also tried Therabreath, and it really did wonders for my breath. It took away my dry mouth, and now I don't see others shy away from me anymore or offer me gum or mint. Also check out this great blog I always read for bad breath info. http://blog.therabreath.com. Thanks!

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  2. Dry mouth can also be a cause of bad breath...even if you have perfect dental hygiene.

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  3. Anonymous4:14 PM

    For bad breath, try taking vitamin C, which can help rid the body of mucous and toxins that can cause bad breath, and can also help clear up mouth and gum disease. and prevent bleeding gums. Fiber can help remove toxins from the colon that can result in bad breath. If you suspect poor digestion may be playing a part, try taking an acidophilus supplement to give your friendly internal bacteria a boost, or have some natural yogurt. Chlorophyll (in alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley juice, or any number of “green” concoctions) is very helpful in both cleansing the body of toxins and covering the effect of foods such as onions and garlic, and in available in powder and liquid form. Gargling with a solution of 10 drops of Calendula tincture diluted in four ounces of water can also help. Chewing on fennel seeds, anise seeds, or a clove can help freshen breath. Use a tongue scraper, or brush your teeth and tongue after every meal. Avoid using commercial mouthwashes containing alcohol, since even though they do kill the bacteria that causes bad breath, the bacteria soon return in greater numbers. Try a natural enzyme mouthwash. Drinking plenty of water and peppermint tea can both help flush your system of toxins and help you smell sweet. You can also add a pinch of anise, cinnamon, or caraway to hot water or mint tea for added effect.

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  4. soumya10:38 AM

    Great tips, I have a friend with this problems, this is a must read for her! Good info.

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  5. Tongue scraper. Rake the tongue from the back forward.. Brush with toothpaste. Floss. Use mouthwash.
    If you are away and can't do the above, then rinse out your mouth with water. Some people also use mints.

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  6. Mohan4:40 PM

    When you brush you teeth brush your tong... Carry some breath mints or gum...

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  7. Sudheendra4:28 PM

    Brushing your tongue is probably the single most effective thing you can do. (I personally chew sugar-free gum, but I know that’s bad.) In studies it has been shown that tongue brushing alone is a better guard against bad breath than brushing only the teeth.Flossing of course is so important. I am always flossing and it annoys lots of people, but my gums are healthy while I am not, go figure.Replace your toothbrush about every 2 months. If you could only see the bacteria on that thing, you’d replace it more often. I personally love my Sonicare and I replace the head about every 3 months and my hygienist loves me for it.

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  8. Shripad9:31 AM

    Gargling with boiled water of rind of pomegranate helps in eliminating foul smell.

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  9. Mallika9:21 AM

    One of the most efficient natural antidotes for bad breath is regular practice of pranayam. Deep breathing and maintenance of oral hygiene can overcome this problem efficiently although it takes long time to rectify the problem of bad breath by this pranayam remedy.

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  10. Mamata9:24 AM

    Sometimes implicit constipation or incomplete evacuation promotes bad breath problem. Consumption of fresh fruits, diluted fruit juices, and leafy vegetables cures the problem of constipation and thus helps in curing the problem of bad breath. Those who suffer from bad breath can try adding 2-3 drops of oil of oregano in drinking water; this simple remedy works fine in curing the problem of bad breath.

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  11. Dhanashree5:37 PM

    Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll, nature’s own deodorizer. Chew some leaves regularly and your breath will remain fresh. Alternatively, you can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.

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  12. Ravishankar8:58 AM

    Bad breath can also come from a stomach ailment. Acid reflux or an ulcer? The odor may not even be coming from your mouth.... it might just be escaping there. Check with your doctor about a possible stomach issue. He may be able to help more than the dentist if you have exhausted all other options. Oh, it could also be periodontal (sp?) gum disease. I know that issue causes bad breath. Nice article

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  13. Indrajit9:22 AM

    Meals usually come with parsley, and if you’re having garlic or onions for lunch, parsley is a great combatant for bad breath. Although, warning to all, it’s definitely an acquired taste. But it’s inexpensive and provided with most restaurant meals – and it’s readily available at grocery stores for home use. All you have to do is chew. Swallowing is completely optional.

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  14. Vinit9:01 AM

    If you’re on the go without a breath mint or mouth wash, swish water around in your mouth for 30 seconds; even this minor effort helps remove bacteria from the mouth, while helping to ward off stains until your next brushing.

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  15. Yashodhara4:55 PM

    For Bad breath You can chew on fresh parseley leaves, mint leaves, spearmint leaves or fennel seeds

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  16. Vansh5:06 PM

    Clean your tongue everyday using a tooth brush.
    Because tongue is where the most bad breath causing germs live.And of course, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
    Nothing works better than that.

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  17. unknown4:15 PM

    Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits go a long way to contributing to fresh breath. However, underlying causes can contribute to the problem and are often difficult to treat, despite efforts to follow a healthy oral routine.
    A good diet promotes healthy teeth and gums and avoiding sugary foods helps prevent decay. Excess sugar contributes to an unhealthy digestive system and overgrowth of intestinal yeast like Candida, which sometimes causes unpleasant breath.
    Natural bad breath remedies can be beneficial in maintaining oral health and keeping breath fresh. An herbal bad breath halitosis remedy helps to get rid of bad breath naturally, is safe, chemical-free and without side-effects!
    Herbal Bad Breath Halitosis Remedy

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  18. Use Listerine

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  19. Pratibha10:05 AM

    brushing, mouthwash, flossing, scrape your tongue, chewing gum, mints, or sometimes even drinking water work.

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  20. Anonymous9:26 AM

    Dehydration amplifies any problems with your breath...I try to sip on something every hour or so. This will refresh your mouth, and increase saliva production.Chewing gum also stimulates saliva.

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  21. unknown9:45 AM

    make sure you brush your tongue every time you're brushing your teeth, or buy a tongue scraper. they're about 6 dollars. The tongue is what causes all the bad breath. If you still have a problem, you should talk to your doctor about it. You may suffer from the condition of halitosis or it could come from another underlying health condition.

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  22. unknown4:04 PM

    It depends on the cause of the bad breath. Eating a good diet helps, as does good oral health as in keeping your teeth clean and in good condition, and looking after your gums. Parsley has often been used a s a natural breath freshener

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  23. Suneeta3:55 PM

    chew on parsley. brush more often. heck, buy an orabrush!!! they work

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  24. Anonymous3:58 PM

    There are several causes for bad breath, which could be your braces (you should be brushing every time you eat, flossing daily and using mouthwash) but it could also be a medical condition (for example, a sinus infection) It sounds like it's pretty bad, so if you're pretty sure it's not oral hygiene, you might want to make an appointment with your doctor.

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  25. unknown9:30 AM

    Mouth Cleaning
    Clean up your mouth! Baking Soda is a gentle non-fluoride dentifrice that helps keep teeth clean and white. Dip a damp toothbrush in some Baking Soda sprinkled into your palm. Brush as usual and rinse. For a smile that's Cleaner, Whiter, Fresher(tm) try Oral Care products with the proven cleaning power of Baking Soda. Baking Soda does not contain the anti-cavity ingredient fluoride. Use it where water is fluorinated or when a non-fluoride toothpaste is desired for adult use or as directed by your dentist or physician.

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  26. Sheetal8:56 AM

    chew a cinnamon stick or prepare an oral antiseptic mouthwash.

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  27. Vidyadhar9:47 AM

    It may be related to what you eat. Do you eat really strongly flavored food, like with garlic, uncooked onions (in salad), or certain Indian spices? If you do, you need to change what you are eating to cure the problem.

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  28. Savita9:05 AM

    You should clean your mouth completely at least twice, bad breath is occured due to bacteria

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  29. Anonymous9:06 AM

    OIL PULLING:

    Utility--- removes toxins from the body, more so from the mouth, gums, teeth, stomach, cervix, uterus, lungs, heart, liver, intestines, ears, brain, etc., etc.
    . However, U may use sun flower oil, ground nut oil or til oil, rice bran oil, mustard oil, etc.Procedure: Every morning, in an empty stomach, take 2 tsp of cooking oil.
    [saturated fatty acids and oils should not be used, like, Dalda/Vanaspati, coconut oil or ghee] and put it in Ur mouth and rinse it for 10 minutes; until it becomes white liquid. Spit it out and then rinse with luke warm water and then brush Ur teeth

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  30. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Bad breath is a reason of digestive problem or the problem in teeth, so you are the best judge to check what problem you have and consult a doctor. In order to control bad breath, you should keep a little quantityy of Daar Cheeni (Cinnamon) in power form or put a small piece of Daar Cheeni like Supari (Dalee) in your mouth. During night before going to bed, you can wash your mouth with warm water boiled with Daar cheni.

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  31. Heavy dieting. Dieters may
    develop unpleasant “fruity” breath from ketoacidosis, the
    breakdown of chemicals during fasting.

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  32. Anonymous9:10 AM

    There are certain factors that may cause bad breath. The food particles that are left in your mouth is one factor and that bacteria build up starts here.

    And if you are experiencing any infection in your mouth or throat you will probably have bad breath and mostly this is the reason that people are experiencing bad breath but unless the infection is treated there is no permanent remedy with halitosis possible. The reduced production of saliva is another common cause of bad breath because the mouth is unable to remove the bacteria and some food particles present.
    By maintaining proper dental hygiene this will prevent you from having bad breath, proper dental hygiene means brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. And avoiding foods or beverages that triggers bad breath like onions, garlics and coffee and smoking may help a lot. Using dental treatment products will also prevent halitosis from occurring.
    Bad breath may be cause by your tongue if its not some infection in your mouth, throat or gum disease. Halimeter is a device used to measure gas emissions from your mouth and determine its origin by dentists. With such device , the cause of bad breath can be easily determined.
    The tongue especially the back of it is an area where bacteria loves to stays and the most common source of bad breath odor. Diet comes along with bad breath. Some food particles are left behind your tongue resulting to bacteria build up and causes bad breath.
    Bad breath caused by your tongue by having proper oral hygiene that includes brushing, flossing and scraping of the tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush but for severe cases of bad breath caused by your tongue, professional treatment is needed.

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  33. Subhas3:28 PM

    To prevent it drink at least 10 - 12 glasses of water in the day and chew peppermint and cardamom. Besides this eat fibred grain like bajra, millet. Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin B can also be taken as supplement along with Zinc and magnesium.

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  34. Chandramukhi8:42 AM

    useful home remedy for bad breath is avocado.
    Drinking herbal tea with fenugreek seeds is also effective in Halitosis and bad odor

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  35. Gently clean the top of your tongue with the toothbrush.

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  36. Sourav8:49 AM

    Guava is a good remedy for bad breath. Chewing of guava and leaves of guava tree is helpful.
    Rinse your mouth before sleeping with a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon added.
    Chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.

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  37. Gourav9:49 AM

    Use baking sada as a mouth wash to neutralize bad breath. Add one-half teaspoon to one half glass of water and swish, spit and rinse.

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  38. Dr Shriram11:03 AM

    Drink lots of water to stimulate the flow of saliva and keep your mouth moist (“morning breath” is the result of saliva production slowing as you sleep). You can also stimulate saliva by chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy. Don’t smoke. If you want help kicking the habit, ask your doctor or dentist to recommend a smoking cessation program. Say “no thanks” to garlic, onions, and other foods with strong odors when you’re trying to make a good impression. Get regular dental exams. See your dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth checked and cleaned.

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  39. Put one teaspoon of rosemary, one teaspoon of peppermint, and one teaspoon of lavender into a cup. Shake well and place one teaspoon of that concoction into boiling water. About one cup of boiling water should be fine. Strain that mixture and put in the refrigerator for three to four hours. You have just made your own mouthwash, great for killing nasty oral bacteria and bad breath in the process.

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  40. Sophiya8:43 AM

    You can use mouth wash to remove the bad breath. Firstly you have to rinse with Listerine. Then use a tongue cleaner. Your tongue is responsible for the bad breath most of the times. You can use toothpaste in the tongue cleaner. Use the tongue cleaner with toothpaste to clean your tongue. A tongue cleaner can be found everywhere; even you can use your toothbrush as the tongue cleaner. After that, brush your teeth well and then use tongue cleaner again. You can rinse with mouthwash again. If you continue this for 2-3 days your bad breath will be removed. But do not forget to brush your teeth and clean your tongue regularly.

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  41. Vaishakhanaga8:44 AM

    mix same amount of water and peroxide (one part each) with a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda. This mixture is a very good home made mouth wash. To add some more flavors you can add peppermint or sometimes oil. Clean your tongue with the tongue the tongue cleaner. Do not forget to brush your teeth. Gargle around 1-2 minutes with your mouthwash. Do this one or two times a day. Homemade mouthwash will help you to remove bad breath. You will never need to buy any mouthwash again.

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  42. Andrew10:05 AM

    Brush your tongue in the morning. The tongue actually holds massive bacteria and germs. Gargle with Listerine -- a real germ killer -- not those candy crap other brands. I think a brush is more effective than a scraper on the tongue.

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  43. Rashmi11:34 AM

    Germs in your mouth cause bad breath, surprisingly the same ones that cause gingivitis. The only known cure is to regularly brush. If you feel it's noticeable, try mouthwash, breath mints, etc. Flossing is also known to help.

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  44. Brush, Floss, and to cure bad breath: the ultimate solution: go to shop rite or any store to get a tongue scraper, it helps because stuff gets on your tongue and stays there causing bad breath!

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  45. DR Oz recommends drinking green tea for bad breath.

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  46. Anandi9:55 AM

    get a tongue scrapper never use a tooth brush to clean your tongue buy a special tongue scraper it gets all the crap off your tongue from back to front you will notice a fresher taste in your mouth get it at a drug store or from your dentist

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  47. Malavika9:39 AM

    The food particles that are left in your mouth is one factor and that bacteria build up starts here.By maintaining proper dental hygiene this will prevent you from having bad breath, proper dental hygiene means brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. And avoiding foods or beverages that triggers bad breath like onions, garlics and coffee and smoking may help a lot. Using dental treatment products will also prevent halitosis from occurring.

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  48. Madavi10:16 AM

    Chew a stick of clove after every meal Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in lukewarm water and gargle with it after every meal.

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  49. Urmila10:23 AM

    Chewing cardamom seeds can also help in getting rid of bad breath.

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  50. Sarasa9:34 AM

    Get a tongue scrapper. Make sure you floss at least once a day and brush your teeth 2 to 3 times a day and especially before you go to bed. Use Listerine Mouth Wash before bed, too. Some people say eating parsley helps. Talk to your dentist or doc.

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  51. Sujata9:35 AM

    Try eating Yogurt at least twice a day. You may need that particular bacteria in the culture.

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  52. Anonymous9:08 AM

    eliminate bad breath by controlling bad bacteria in the mouth is important as well as to regain self-confidence and never to become embarrassed about your breath again.bad breath is caused by dirty mouth. that is why it always vital to keep breath as fresh as always using all natural oral care product that have no alcohol content. use all natural oral care that contains only essential oils that can help fight the cause of bad breath. since bad breath may also be triggered by the foods you eat; simply cut down the foods that can make bad breath problems like garlicky meals.proper brushing and flossing is a good way to keep breath smell fresh

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  53. Supreet9:09 AM

    Your bad breath is coming from your digestive tract. You need a good cleansing diet for one week or so. Please refrain from eating meat. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables during the diet course. Juicy fruits like, apples, grapes and or oranges will help so much. Ginger tea will fast track the cleansing diet. Most of all drink 12 or more glasses of water a day-it will clean your entire body and will make you sexier.

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  54. Sumant9:22 AM

    A half teaspoon of baking soda mixed into a glass of water can act as mouthwash.

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  55. Kanaka8:29 AM

    drink plenty of water in the morning, upon waking up. it helps to clean up the throat and tounge.
    use mouthwash often.

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  56. Gargling early in the morning with warm water to which a tsp. of honey and cinnamon powder are added, helps in avoiding bad breath all through the day.

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  57. Shreyas8:32 AM

    the tongue is a huge collector of bacteria and food debris and should be scraped with a tongue scraper every time you brush. You can also brush the inside of your cheeks and the roof of your mouth. Lastly, rinse twice a day with Listerene. Use it full strength and rinse for at least one minute. Before you spit it out, tip your head back and gargle for 20-30 seconds.

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  58. Parthiv8:32 AM

    smoking and alcohol

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  59. Prerana8:33 AM

    Cheese and spicy deli meats are best avoided.

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  60. Kartik8:37 AM

    causes of bad breath are gum disease, sinus infections and mouth abscess.

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  61. Bharat12:06 PM

    Eat parsley - just a sprig or two when you want to freshen your breath. I have to warn you - it tastes kind of bitter but it will freshen your breath and doesn't cost too much. Or, you a mouthwash. You can usually get a trial size at the supermarket or drug store for about $1.19.

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  62. Narayan12:07 PM

    Stop buying tobacco. Use the money to buy mints

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  63. Shilpa10:40 AM

    Chewing parsley does the trick.

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  64. Abhilasha9:34 AM

    Apples are known to be good for curing bad breath as they will do the work of a purifier for the mouth and will help to remove the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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  65. Prateek9:35 AM

    Clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth. This will help to keep your tongue bacteria free.

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  66. Neela2:17 PM

    Antiseptic properties of lemon kill the bad bacteria in the mouth. This helps to remove the bad breath.

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