15 Quick Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

15 Quick Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Updated: 6 August, 2019

Hi there. This is one of our most recent posts here on Vital Health Recipes on how you can get rid of mouth odor.

What are you doing to get rid of  your bad breath ? We all love to look good. Some of us even spend so much money and time on taking care of our skin, shape, color, wears etc. when we appear in public and people drool over our appearance, we feel elated and the self-esteem needle shoots up just a little. Now imagine that after you have been lavishly complimented by someone. you are about to thank the person and perhaps return some compliments when you remember that in order to do this, you have to open your mouth and opening your mouth is not an attractive prospect because …

Wait for it…


The mouth doesn’t smell nice!

it is an awful feeling especially when you know that people notice that smell coming off of your mouth and they seem to just say hello and move on. They can’t wait to get away from the smell of bad breath!

Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath can be caused by a lot of things such as infections, diet, and lifestyle, hygiene, eating habits, medications and even serious health problems. The good news however is that bad breaths can be discarded. Here are some remedies that will help chase the monster out of your mouth for good and restore self-confidence to be yourself anywhere, anytime. 

1.   Baking soda: 

Brushing your teeth with baking soda twice in a week will keep the bacteria causing the mouth odor at bay. It is not good to kill all the bacteria because we need them for the digestion of protein.  However, these bacteria can overgrow and multiply beyond the needed amount. Baking soda will help keep them in check. 

2.   Carb fruits and crunchy veggies: 

This is another effective way to get rid of bad breath fast. Since the odor causing bacteria thrive on proteins, eating fruits such as carrots and apples may help do two major things. The first is to get rid of protein leftovers hanging around your teeth, the second is put some sweet taste and smell in the mouth instead of the odor of decomposing proteins. 

3.   Flossing:  

Some dentition could be so tightly fixed that food items hang between the teeth. If these food items are not removed, they could start to decompose in the mouth and cause the mouth to smell. To fix this problem, floss regularly and make sure that your mouth is not harboring any decaying foods. 

4.   Mouth rinse: 

Develop a habit of rinsing your mouth with alcohol free rinses that contain zinc if you are serious about getting rid of bad breath. It helps keep the bacteria at bay and promote fresh breath through the zinc, ultimately helping you get rid of mouth odor.

5.   Stimulate: 

One of the reasons bacteria growth increases in the mouth is dryness of the mouth. If you know that your mouth has a tendency to get dry you can stimulate saliva production by chewing sugar free gum rich in xylitol. 

6.   Brush your teeth: 

The teeth and mouth can gather and harbor bacteria. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily will reduce the activities of bacteria in the body and help the mouth stay fresh for longer. The tongue has a tendency to harbor these bacteria more than any other part of the mouth, remember to brush the whiteness away from your tongue and extend the toothbrush to the back of the tongue. After each brushing session your tongue should be light pink and not whitish. 

7.   Quit smoking:  

Well, everyone knows that smoking is bad for the human health. But few know that smoking is especially bad for the dental of health. The inhalation of smoke causes a lot of havoc. You want to get rid of bad breath? Quit smoking and start a healthy journey of hygiene and you might be able to get rid of bad breath. 

8.   Medications:  

Avoid medications that cause dryness in the mouth except you absolutely need them. Some medications cause moth to smell after consumption. Some of these are antidepressants, antibiotics, and even some pain killers.

9.   Eliminate:  

Milk and other dairy products might be causing you to have bad breath. A lot of people are lactose intolerant without even knowing it. Unlike in some people who react severely against dairy products, some have mild inconspicuous reaction such as bad breath. If you fall into this category, then you have to stay away from dairy products. 

10.   Breath through your nose: 

if you have a snoring problem, it might be important for your dental health to solve it. Snoring makes you breathe through your mouth and this is unhealthy because it causes your mouth to get dry. As I have said earlier, dry mouth causes bad breath. 

11.   Water: 

Another way to prevent dry mouth and get rid of toxins is to drink a lot of water. Water is the best antioxidant and keeps the body well moisturized. The mouth will be freer with water and it will get rid of thick saliva and dry mouth which might be causing mouth odor. 

12.   Tea:  

Green teas and black teas have a good concentration of polyphenols which helps you to get rid of oral bacteria and sulfur compounds that cause mouth odor 

13.   Vitamins 

Vitamins and dietary supplements will help eliminate excess toxins and mucus. You can look out for vitamins C, D, E and K. 

14.   Avoid 

Avoid using dental products that contain alcohol and lauryl sulphate. These ingredients cause mouth dryness by inhibiting saliva production. The end result of this is bad breath. 

It would help if you developed a habit of chewing parsley. It helps to keep the breath fresh and eliminate thick saliva. 

15.   Biter cola: 

As funny as it sounds, chewing bitter cola helps a lot when you are trying to get rid of unpleasant smells from your mouth. If you can get past the taste you might be on the way to a better dental health by chewing bitter cola once in a while. 

Tooth decay is a major cause of mouth odor. So, regardless of what you do, if there is a decaying tooth in your mouth the mouth will still smell. So if you feel pain in your teeth and have mouth odor too, you are better off seeing a dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will either stop the decay if it is still salvageable, or pull out the tooth.  Either ways, you would have gotten rid of mouth odor for good.

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5 Ways to Take Good Care of Your Teeth Daily

5 Ways to Take Good Care of Your Teeth Daily

Updated: 5 August, 2019

People do say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but when you take a closer look at their smile, you can determine the content of their soul. A shining white tooth makes a good first impression as compared to a sudden mouth odor that’s why we’ll be talking about 5 ways to take good care of your teeth daily. In this article, you will learn proven tips on how to take care of your teeth. You will also learn the benefits of taking care of your teeth.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘Oral health is more than just healthy teeth or shining teeth. It encompasses an integral part of our general well-being.’

5 Ways to Take Good Care of Your Teeth Daily


1.   Brush at least twice daily

Brush for at least 2 minutes per session. According to the American Dental Association, this will keep your teeth in good shape. When brushing, go for the soft bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste. This will wash out residue particles and clean your mouth of bacteria causing cavities. Don’t brush too hard and don’t drink soda or any sports drink while brushing.

2.   Brush in the morning

In the morning, the mouth is filled with food particles and bacteria. Not forgetting that it is 96 degrees warm and wet. If you do not brush in the morning, it calcifies or hardens to form what is called plaque, calculus or tartar. Not only do these bacteria cause gum discomfort, but they can also as well cause bad breath hence it is highly recommended you don’t skip brushing in the morning.

3.   Hey, don’t over brush it

It is possible to overdo it. A lot of people don’t realize that brushing their teeth with a lot of force can do more harm than good. If you have seen ‘friends’, then you will agree that it is possible to overdo dental care. If you brush more than 3 times a day for up to four minutes during each session, this can wear down your gum layer causing serious complications.

When your tooth enamel is weak, it exposes these tiny holes in your teeth that lead to nerve endings. When triggered extensively, it causes sores and pains. A lot of Adults suffer from pains resulting from over brushing their teeth. Don’t turbo charge. The best way to do it is to brush your teeth like you are polishing an eggshell. If you brush your teeth as if it is a rock then, you apply too much pressure. 

4.   Floss your teeth

Flossing destroy particles that brushing misses. It helps remove plaque and prevents tartar. If you want to avoid scraping at your next dental checkup, then do more flossing. I know you will be asking, ‘which come first, flossing or brushing?’ Well, it doesn’t matter. As long as you do both daily, you will be fine. 

5.   Stay far away from soda

When you sip soda every day, you are on your way to tooth decay. There is an ongoing campaign, warning people to stay clear of soft drinks and soda. Not just sugar soda but also diet soda. Once the acid in soda eats through the enamel, it creates cavities. To avoid erodes in the structure of your teeth, limit or stop the consumption of soda and related soft drinks. Take good care of your health.

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7 Practical Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

7 Practical Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Updated: 5 August, 2019

A better, good oral hygiene begins every morning and ends in the evening if you stick to a consistent oral routine. In addition to regular dental check up, maintaining good oral hygiene help keep your teeth strong and even your overall health. You will feel confident, look awesome and create a memorable first impression. It is easy to maintain good oral hygiene if you understand the basic dental education and a thorough knowledge of what should be done and what shouldn’t be done (long term and short term)

 7 Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene 

1.   Eat Right

A good diet plays a huge role in your dental health. Drinking lots of water will keep your mouth properly hydrated and clean. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol because they can stain your teeth or in severe cases, rot your teeth. Chocolates and hard candies can wear out your enamel, thereby causing crack and chip if you are not careful. Eat plenty fruits, vegetable, and lean protein. Apart from the overwhelming benefits found in fruits, they also have a high water content which is good for your teeth and general health. 

2.   Brush and Brushing

Your brush type and specification determine your overall oral hygiene. With so many varieties of toothbrushes available in the store, there is no excuse why you should not have a good toothbrush. When travelling, you can make use of ‘travel toothbrush’. These brushes are designed to fold up or are small enough to fit into your pocket. When using ordinary brushes, make sure that the bristles are dried before putting them into their container.

Allowing them to dry will help keep bacteria from growing in the toothbrush. In case you use an electric toothbrush, make sure it is properly charged so that it won’t disappoint when you probably need it. It is highly recommended that you brush at least twice daily. When brushing, try to place the bristle 45 degree to your gum and brush the outer surface of your teeth using a front and back, up and down motion. Make sure to brush your tongue and the upper side of your mouth for a better result. 

3.   Increase the flow of saliva

If you are a sweet tooth type, then a sugar-free gum is a good alternative to sugary snacks and gums. Chewing sugar-free gum helps the flow of saliva in your mouth which is essential in cleaning food particles out of your mouth. When food remnant remains dormant in your mouth for a long period, it attracts bacteria which are harmful to your health and teeth.

4.   Mouthwash and Flossing

Flossing can also help in your daily oral hygiene routine. However, like brushing, there is a right and wrong way to do it. Flossing helps remove germs from where toothbrush normally won’t reach. Wrap about a fist floss in your hand then unroll a fresh line of floss for every tooth and keep it against the teeth to break apart every plaque in your tooth while keeping your gum and oral health in good condition. While mouthwash is good, it is not a substitute to brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is the quick remedy you need but not an actual remedy to brushing and treating your mouth against germs. 

5.   Green tea

Unlike other forms of tea, green tea does not stain your teeth. Green tea can help fight bacteria efficiently even before they form bacteria. The next time you want to enjoy a cup of tea, think about your oral health and go for green tea. It contains antioxidants which help to fight cavities. 

6.   Easy to use WISP

Wisp is a great cleaning tool especially if you are in an area with no available water. A wisp is a liquid filled brush that releases a tiny watery burst as you brush. The good thing about wisp is that you do not need water to have clean, fresh breath. You also don’t need to apply toothpaste on the wisp. The cleaning solution in the wisp helps do the job 

7.   Visit your dentist

In conclusion, regular checkup is vital in maintaining good oral hygiene. According to the University of Dental Medicine in Boston, roughly 50% of adults in America do not visit a dentist due to dental phobia, finance or sheer negligence. Don’t be among the 50%. The American Dental Association recommends that you pay your dentist some visit (twice a year). Visiting your dentist for check up will help discover hidden gum diseases, cancer or cavities 

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5 Vital Benefits of Mouthwash to Your Teeth

5 Vital Benefits of Mouthwash to Your Teeth

Updated: 5 August, 2019

What is are the benefits of mouthwash to your teeth? True, mouthwashes  are never a replacement for brushing and flossing. For some folks, their routine goes like this: brushing, flossing and rinse with mouthwash. But when you forget to rinse, it can get all messy and you sure won’t feel comfortable. But people still ask; is it really necessary to use mouthwash daily?

The answer is yes. If properly used, it can help control oral disease and tooth decay. But do you need just mouthwash for an optimal oral health? Is mouth wash even that good for your tooth? The answer is yes and no. In this article, I talk about the ups and downs plus just about every single detail you should know about the mouthwash you use every day.

Types of Mouthwash

Whether you believe it or not, an average American is suffering from bad breath. We could give out mouthwash to the whole population to clear out the bad breath but mouthwash usage isn’t just pour and swish. There is a variety of mouthwashes available and their usage varies. Depending on your needs, there are four kinds of mouthwashes:

1.   Desensitizing mouthwash

This type of mouthwash contains Arginine (used to numb sensitive sides in the mouth). For best result, it is highly recommended you consult your dentist before using it. 

2.   Flouride Rinse

This kind of mouthwash generally contains 0.05% of Sodium Flouride for added protection against tooth decay. This kind of mouthwash is recommended for those having problem fighting off cavities. 

3.   Cosmetic mouthwash

This kind of mouthwash keeps your breath fresh but doesn’t really fight germs in your mouth. This kind of mouthwash only masks the bad breath instead of attacking bacteria that causes bad breath.

4.   Whitening Mouthwash

Just as the name implies, it is used as a home whitening substance. This kind of mouthwash contains bleaching substance commonly called hydrogen peroxide. If you are looking to just whiten your teeth then this mouthwash is recommended

5 Benefits of Using Mouthwash

1.   Helps fight gum disease: 

Bacteria gradually build up in your tooth when you eat. Tooth and gums can get infected and if left untreated, it can result to periodontal Diseases.

2.   Gives you fresh breath: 

A fresh breath is vital to your health and a great way to start your day. A mouthwash adds this soothing fragrance to your breath.

3.   Sooth sores in the mouth: 

Mouthwash can help sooth mouth ulcers and canker sores by detoxing it and reducing the bacteria around the affected area. (Salt water is also effective for mouth sores)

4.   Minimize risk of mouth cavities: 

Flouride which is found in mouthwash helps in the demineralization and strengthening of the tooth.

5.   Protects pregnancy: 

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to risk of gingivitis in pregnant women. Mouthwash can help in reducing bacterial infections.

Disadvantage of Mouthwash

  • Chances of getting Oral Cancer: Using Alcohol with mouthwash can lead to oral cancer. You should talk to your dentist before using mouthwash with Alcohol.
  • Increased sensitivity around the tooth: some mouthwashes contains alcohol which can dissolve mucus layer in the teeth causing great sensitivity around the gum area
  • Hinders the benefits in toothpaste: When used together, the chemicals in mouthwash and toothpaste cancels out the benefit of each other. It is recommended you leave a gap of 30 minutes before using mouthwash after brushing.
  • Think about the monetary cost: When you brush and floss regularly, it can affect your wallet. You should minimize it unless you have gum disease or any dental problem

When Should You Use Mouthwash?

If you decide not to use mouthwash, it won’t cause any health effect but still, there are some reasons you should consider using mouthwash.

Use mouth when you suffer from the following:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum Diseases
  • Bad breath
  • Cavities
  • Periodontal diseases 

Appropriate Way to Use Mouthwash

If you decide to use mouthwash then you need to know the correct way to use mouthwash. You should gargle and swish for up to 1 minute. Most of the chemicals found in mouthwash only begin to work after 1 minute.

Use mouthwash alongside brushing. Please note that mouthwash gives you fresh breadth and not necessary a cure to most of the dental problems available.

There you have it, guys, the major benefits of mouthwash to your dental health.

This post was written by one of our in-house writers here at Vital Health Recipes.

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Chapter 1 – Types of Mouthwash

Chapter 2 – 5 Benefits of Using Mouthwash

Chapter 3 – Disadvantage of Mouthwash

Chapter 4 – When Should You Use Mouthwash?

Chapter 5 – Appropriate Way to Use Mouthwash


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