Is bad breath a problem for you or a loved one? By healing your oral flora, you can cure bad breath.
The most common way people look to get rid of bad breath is with mouthwash or mints. It’s important to consider the most commonly known bad breath causes are imbalances in mouth bacteria.
The good news is that with lifestyle changes and natural remedies, you can get rid of bad breath naturally.
I recommend that you try all the approaches in this article to cure bad breath.
However, if your bad breath persists, you need to see your dentist. They will then investigate the cause of your bad breath.
The oral-systemic link can help us identify the root cause of our bad breath. Bad breath can be a sign from the mouth that you have a disease or condition elsewhere in the body. If your condition persists you will need to see a general practitioner.
Let’s explore the causes of bad breath and the natural remedies that can cure it.
Natural remedies to get rid of bad breath #3: Digestive Enzymes
Your bad breath may be caused by your digestive system. If you have digestive problems and suffer from bad breath too, digestive enzymes may help your digestion.
Digestive enzyme products come from different sources.
The most common are:
- Animal-sourced — including pancreatin sourced from ox or hog. This can include betaine
- HCL with pepsin
- Bromelain and Papain are digestive enzymes contained in pineapple
- Other plant-sourced — from probiotics, yeast, and fungi
Natural remedies to get rid of bad breath #7: Prevent oxygen deprivation
There are two important links between bad breath and lack of oxygen.
- Mouth breathing and oxygen deprivation
Your body isn’t designed to breathe through your mouth. It’s designed to breathe through your nose.
Your nasal passages are specially designed to release nitric oxide. This increases blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the cells. In contrast, mouth breathing pulls cold, dry air to the lungs. A lower amount of oxygen is to delivered to your body. Mouth breathing can also reduce saliva flow and allow unwanted microbiota into your mouth and throat.
It’s quite common to breathe through our mouths during sleep. However, many people, especially children, also breathe through their mouth during the day.
If you experience ‘morning breath’ – or bad breath that only occurs on waking – you probably sleep with your mouth open. One way to alleviate this is to train your body to breathe through your nose. You can also use a strip to keep your mouth closed at night to make sure you breathe through your nose.
If you struggle to breathe through your nose, you should consult a sleep specialist, dentist or ENT doctor. They can conduct a full sleep and breathing study.
Nose Breathing Exercise: Hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth, behind your front teeth. Breathe in through your nose, making your belly rise. Breathe in for 3 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds. Do this for 2-3 minutes daily.
- Anaerobic bacteria and oxygen deprivation
Bad breath is most commonly caused by anaerobic bacteria in your mouth. These bugs thrive in the absence of oxygen, producing chemicals that cause bad breath.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) can increase your oxygen intake.
In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal and pure oxygen is administered. Under these conditions, your lungs absorb far more of the pure oxygen than they would at normal pressure.
Hyperbaric oxygen is known to help gangrene, skin and bone infections and non-healing ulcers. At present, research is limited and mainly confined to sports injuries. However, we know that bacteria that produce bad breath compounds thrive in mouth crevices where oxygen can’t reach.
Natural remedies to get rid of bad breath #12: Get good quality sleep and rest
Lack of sleep can negatively affect both your immune system, microbiome and stress response. We also know that sleep helps your immune system to effectively ‘remember’ its environment.
Researchers have also found that your gut microbiome plays a role in your diurnal rhythm. If you have bad breath, it’s worth looking at your sleep patterns and trying to ensure you get enough good quality sleep.