Natural Ways to Put Bad Breath Bacteria at Bay

If there’s one thing that we are collectively insecure about, it’s bad breath. Nobody wants to walk around with onion breath. Nor, do we want to have coffee breath while we head into a big meeting. There are mouth washes and breath mints that you can use to try and put the bad breath bacteria at bay. However, those aren’t always healthy for your body. Most breathe mints and gums have sugar in them that can wear down your teeth. Also, breathe strips can leave a weird coating inside of your mouth and its packaging isn’t environmentally friendly. Luckily, there are natural alternatives that can help to freshen your breath. If you struggle with bad breath, then you should try some of these natural remedies!

What Causes Bad Breath?

There are a variety of causes for bad breath. From what you eat to how well you brush your teeth. You should avoid certain foods on days that you have to be in close contact with other people. For example, you should steer clear of coffee, cigarettes, onions, fish, and many others. Therefore, your first step towards naturally fighting bad breath is to avoid eating foods that cause bad breath.

Eat a Balanced Diet

What you eat plays a huge part in what your breath smells like. Therefore, you should try and eat a balanced diet that includes more fruits and vegetables. The vegetables help to balance out body acids that cause bad breath. Also, crunchy fruits and vegetables, like apples and carrots, will help remove food that’s stuck in your teeth. If your teeth are clear of debris, then your breath will naturally smell better. Another part of your diet that can help to battle bad breath bacteria is water. The water helps to keep the bacteria at bay through lubrication. So, make sure you’re drinking your full 48 ounces a day to help keep bacteria at bay!

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Baking Soda

Baking soda is a miracle worker. You can use baking soda for, literally, anything. Therefore, it only seems natural that baking soda can help to defeat bad breath. First, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 cup of water. Next, swish the mixture around in your mouth like it’s a mouthwash. Lastly, spit out the mixture and feel the freshness of your breath.

Lemon and Salt

Lemons, like baking soda, can be used to clean your home and to freshen your breath. First, cut a lemon into slices. Next, add some salt to the lemon wedge. Lastly, bite into the lemon wedge. The acid inside of the lemon will help to neutralize the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Chew Mint Leaves

Much like gum, chewing mint leaves will help to freshen your breath. You can buy fresh mint leaves or fresh parsley at the store or you can grow them yourself in your garden. Chewing the leaves will have the same effect on your breath that chewing gum does. However, mint leaves aren’t filled with sugar that can rot our teeth. Therefore, mint leaves are a great alternative to chewing gum and will leave your mouth healthier than before you started chewing it.


There are more ways to freshen your breath than brushing your teeth, flossing, rinsing your mouth with mouthwash, and scraping your tongue. However, you should still do all of those things at least twice a day. If you are prone to bad breath, then these natural alternatives can help you easily freshen your breath on the go.  

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Bailey Longhurst

I am amazed every day by the beauty that this world provides for us and think it is important to preserve it! Taking care of ourselves and our earth is crucial and I want to help people discover new ways to do both. Publishing for Green and Growing is a unique way that I can get my message across, and I hope you all enjoy what we write about!

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