Approximately 30% of people around the world are affected by bad breath or halitosis. It is the term used to describe the foul-smelling odor which emerges from mouth, throat or tonsils. This foul odor is caused due to sulfur-producing bacteria which breed underneath the tongue, throat or tonsils. Apart from that, bad breath can also be caused due to dry mouth, tobacco products, medications, infections and certain foods like garlic.
Usually, bad breath can be treated by brushing and rinsing with mouthwash. But in some cases, it has to be treated from inside if the trigger is an underlying issues like gut problems, infections in tonsils or throat. Whatever the reason might be, home remedies like apple cider vinegar, lemon or baking soda can be of a great help in dealing with bad breath.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Bad Breath?
- Apple cider vinegar contains natural acids such as acetic acid and malic acid that helps a lot in eliminating the bacteria in the mouth causing bad breath.
- It has anti – septic property that helps to breakdown the plaque and thus fights against the bacteria causing bad breath.
- It aids in proper digestion which clears bad breath caused by indigestion.
- It contains many trace elements like calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, copper, silicon, iron, fluorine and others which are helpful for building strong teeth.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Bad Breath?
Here are some of the effective methods for treating bad breath using apple cider vinegar. Select any method and try it regularly to get complete relief.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking apple cider vinegar helps to get relief from bad breath, indigestion and other stomach problems.
- Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water (normal or warm).
- Stir well and consume it before having each meal.
- Repeat the process daily.
Note: You can use fruit juice instead of water.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Gargle
Gargling helps to flush out the leftover food particles present in the mouth. The acidic nature and anti-bacterial property deals with the bacteria causing foul smell.
- Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water.
- Use this mixture to gargle or swish around the mouth for a few minutes.
- Spit out the mixture.
- Repeat this remedy regularly to get rid of bad breath and other oral problems.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar and Parsley
The chlorophyll present in parsley possesses anti-bacterial properties which helps to prevent bad breath caused by bacteria. It stimulates the saliva flow which helps to remove bad breath.
- Dip handful of parsley leaves in a cup of apple cider vinegar.
- Take it out and chew them thoroughly.
- After 2 – 3 minutes of chewing, swallow them. You can spit them out if you don’t like swallow them.
- Repeat the process regularly to get rid of bad breath instantly.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Cocktail
The combination of apple cider vinegar and honey can treat many health ailments like bad breath, joint pains, arthritis, sore throat and many others.
- Add 1 teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey into a glass of warm water.
- Stir well and consume it.
- Repeat the process 2 times in a day (once in the morning on empty stomach and again at night).
Note: Pregnant and breast feeding women should consult their doctor before drinking this cocktail.
- Combine 1 teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar, honey and water.
- Stir well until the ingredients get incorporated.
- Consume the mixture immediately.
- Repeat this process 3 times in a day to get rid of bad breath.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Mouthwash
Using apple cider vinegar mouthwash regularly helps to get relief from bad breath and oral problems. Here is the process of making homemade mouthwash using apple cider vinegar.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water.
- Stir well and use this to rinse your mouth.
- Repeat the process regularly to get rid of bad breath.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Baking soda neutralizes the acid levels in the mouth which helps to kill the bacteria present in the mouth.
Process 1: Internal Consumption
- Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of warm water.
- Stir well and drink this mixture.
- Repeat the process regularly to get relief from bad breath and whiten your teeth.
Process 2: Homemade Toothpaste
- Combine 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
- Mix well until it forms a smooth paste.
- Dip the toothbrush into the paste and brush your teeth with it.
- Repeat the process regularly.
Note: Alternatively, you add the mixture into a cup of water and use it to gargle.
- First of all, take sufficient amount of baking soda.
- Use this to brush your teeth properly and rinse it off with water.
- Then take raw apple cider vinegar and use this to rinse your mouth.
- After that, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to prevent bad breath.
- Continue doing this process regularly to cure bad breath problem and other dental problems.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar and Cinnamon
- Add 2 tablespoons, 1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon powder into 8 ounces of water.
- Stir well and consume it.
- Repeat the process regularly to keep bad breath at bay.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar, Sugar and Water
- Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 3 – 4 teaspoons of sugar into a glass of water.
- Mix well until the sugar gets dissolved.
- Consume it using a straw.
- Repeat the process regularly to cure bad breath and other health problems.
Tips and Precautions:
- Drinking apple cider vinegar or lemon juices on regular basis will lead to deterioration of dental enamel. So, it’s always better to use a straw to avoid the same.
- Make sure to wash your mouth after drinking or gargling with apple cider vinegar to avoid the side effects.
- You can buy apple cider vinegar in any natural health or nutrition store or even through online from various shopping sites like Amazon, EBay, walmart, vitaminshoppe, etc.
- Drinking lots of ACV for longer run can affect insulin levels, lower bone density and reduce potassium levels.
- For effective results, use apple cider vinegar that is raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized and contains mother element in it.
- If apple cider vinegar treatments are not providing relief from bad breath, then consult a doctor to find out the root problem.
- Apart from trying out home remedies, you have to follow proper dental hygiene.
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I’m from India. I have been visiting India on and off for past few years and my mom was an inspiration for me to start this site. She has a wealth of knowledge on home remedies for a large number of health problems, and we grew up in an environment where frequent visits to the doctor just wasn’t logistically or financially feasible.
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