DIY Bad Breath Cures

By Noah Garfinkel, Networx

Breath is always a little bad. If you catch a whiff of someoneís everyday, normal, no-unusual-food breath, it still smells a little weird. Basically whatís going on is youíre smelling the inside of a personís body, and thatís pretty foul. There are all kinds of wet organs in there. If somebody went up to you and asked, ďWould you like to smell the inside of this living body?Ē thereís no way you would say yes, but thatís exactly what youíre doing when you smell a personís breath. And then sometimes you even put your mouth on that personís mouth after a movie. Youíre both gross. But, there are a few things you and your movie companions can do to keep your breath in the normal-bad zone instead of having it slip into that weird nightmare mothballs-stuck-in-a-Chicago-plumbing-pipe zone that some people seem to have.

The steps you can take are pretty intuitive. For example, floss your teeth. Food gets stuck in between your teeth and then rots the same way a wet piece of bread would if you just threw it in the corner of your garage and shut the garage door. Youíve got to sweep that stuff away with some high quality floss. And, yeah, you need the high quality floss. I know itís tempting to buy the cheap floss, but that floss falls apart in your mouth and then you get fibers of floss stuck in your teeth that you have to get out with other floss. Also, brush your teeth. You already knew that right? If I just blew your mind with that, you need to rethink everything.

Beyond those obvious steps, another simple tip is to just keep hydrated. Dry mouths smell. Swishing water around in your mouth for a couple of seconds can help. Or suck on a mint or candy to stimulate saliva production. Saliva keeps your mouth clean. There are also some foods that supposedly help. Parsley and fresh vegetables are said to maintain regular breath.

Then thereís baking soda. Of course, thereís baking soda. If you look up a DIY solution for anything on the internet, baking soda is going to come up as a solution. By all accounts it works, but I donít recommend it. I tried to make toothpaste out of it for a Different-Uses-For-Baking-Soda article and it just tastes like poison. Also, it feels like you are rubbing coarse venom on your mouth.

Thatís pretty much it. Thereís no real magic wand here. Chew some gum and Listerine it up if youíre not into the whole DIY thing. And, if youíre one of those people with persistent bad breath, go see a doctor. On behalf of everyone you know, I implore you to go see a doctor. You might have mothballs stuck inside of your gums and/or body.

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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa4 years ago

Thank you

Victor Ryoo
Past Member 4 years ago

Very informative blog Noah, i must say that those who are suffering due to bad breath issue should chew mint or candy to stimulate saliva production. Also cleaning mouth from time to time by brushing teeth or through mint based mouth washes are very much helpful towards keeping our mouth free from any kind of bad breath.

Patricia Trillo
Patricia Trillo5 years ago

Peroxide help to kill bacteria.

Er F.
Er F5 years ago

This wasn't that helpful of an article...

Vishakha P.
Vishakha P.5 years ago

Naturally white teeth can attract everybody and it’s very easy. There are many home remedies to get natural white teeth, but the main thing is that you have to apply it on regular basis. Baking soda is a well known remedy which is popular as Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate. It works as a mechanical cleanser on the teeth and gums.

Lemon juice is also a popular drink, it has natural bleaching properties & helps whiten teeth on application. Wood ash is also an effective natural teeth whitening product. People used to use wood ash when toothpaste wasn’t discovered. Wood ash has bleaching properties & is quite effective & an age old proven method.

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Samir Nassir
Past Member 5 years ago

Not always cause of teeth.thanks.

Ajla C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago