Bad breath is one of those problems that is downright embarrassing. We try to mask it with mint, gum, or social distancing–but with raised awareness of the causes and a few simple remedies, you can banish bad breath from your mouth.


There are a number of possible causes for bad breath. Possibilities include:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Dieting
  • Dehydration
  • A serious medical condition (diabetes, reflux, ulcers, respiratory disorder, kidney or liver malfunction)
  • Certain foods (garlic, onions, strong spices, etc.)
  • Imbalance of good and bad bacteria
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Dental problems (especially periodontal problems and tooth abscesses)



The first step in getting rid of bad breath is identifying the culprit. Visit your dentist and get a thorough check-up to see if there are any periodontal issues causing the foul odor. Get your teeth cleaned to remove plaque that can attract foul-smelling bacteria in your mouth. Get any cavities filled, as these can also breed “stinky” bacteria.

In addition to seeing your dental health professional, some at-home fixes include:

  • Swishing with water after eating
  • Frequent brushing and flossing–and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Eliminate certain foods, such as foods with high acidity, fish, garlic, onions, coffee, or tea
  • Eat more fruits and veggies containing digestive enzymes
  • Increase your vitamin C, B, and zinc intake through diet or supplements


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