Are Home Remedies an Effective Way to Treat Mouth Odors?

Cloves for treating bad breath naturallyDo you know anyone who happily goes to the dentist? Unless there’s a hot dentist there, chances are you probably put off visiting one until it’s extremely necessary. If its just a case of bad odor, there are a number of home remedies that will save you a lot of money, such as:

  1. Buy effective oral care products. A good toothpaste, floss and/or mouthwash normally takes care of the issue.
  2. Use them! It’s not enough to own them – you need to follow your dentist’s advice. Brush your teeth twice a day, then floss afterwards. A fluoride toothpaste is best to keep your pearly whites healthy. Take the time to learn how to brush your teeth properly. Make sure that there are no food particles left in your mouth so that bacteria will not breed inside. If brushing and flossing are still inadequate, buy one of those tongue scrapers and use them at the end of your oral routine.
  3. Mind your diet. Certain foods cause mouth odors. Milk and milk products, for example, can sometimes cause halitosis. High-processed foods and alcohol can also play hosts to oral bacteria. Fortunately, not all foods are bad for you. Black and green teas reduce the bacteria that likes to live in your mouth. Fiber-rich vegetables and fruits (think apples and carrots) as well as probiotics have been shown to be effective in the fight against bacteria.
  4. Always stay hydrated. A dry mouth is a breeding ground of the bacteria that causes that bad smell. Smoking is not only bad for your lungs, it also dries up your saliva. So quit smoking for your health.
  5. Some people swear by apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, baking soda, certain fruits (avocados, citrus fruits, unripe guavas), fenugreek seed, cloves, cardamom, as effective remedies. Most of these fight oral bacteria and were probably used by our ancestors before the toothpaste was invented.

There are many more suggestions in the internet that you can read. A lot of them have been written by well-meaning professionals and are backed-up by scientific facts and testimonials.

Nonetheless, the real question is whether these home remedies are really an effective way of treating mouth odors.

Like all home remedies, these are suggestions. Evidence of their effectiveness are usually anecdotal as there are no real studies done under clinical conditions. While mouth odors can certainly be embarrassing, nobody has died from it. Only oral care products manufacturers consider them serious, but you have to wonder about their reasons. So, should you rely on them?

The simplest answer would be, it depends. Most of these remedies were handed down from our ancestors who did not have the benefit of clinical studies. It worked for them, so why not for you?

The caveat however, is that not all of them will work for you, and you may have to do a lot of experimentation in order to get to to the bottom of it.

If you do not have the time, inclination, or the patience to test these remedies on your own, visit your dentist and let him sort this out for you.