Nothing’s worse than when you go to give your 5-year-old kid a little cuddle time and they say “YUCK! Mommy, you have bad breath!” Come on now… don’t act like your kid hasn’t ever said that to you! Your answer borderlines somewhere between, “Shut your mouth kiddo!” and “Oh man, who else did I talk to today that might have got a whiff of that?!”
Having bad breath can be pretty embarrassing both socially and personally. Halitosis (bad breath) usually comes from not brushing your teeth well enough… but not all-bad breath originates from your mouth. Sometimes it comes straight from your belly, in other words your digestive tract. You can brush-a brush-a brush-a all day long and you aren’t going to have much success! However, there are some natural remedies.
Look, between getting the kids off to school in the morning, three breakfasts, three lunches, making coffee for my husband & myself – I think my morning teeth brushing lasts somewhere between thirty seconds and a minute. I’ll tell you this, the USDA isn’t gonna come knocking on my door to congratulate me on proper brushing techniques! (Nighttime brushing is where I do my damage!)
Or maybe I ate something that might have had some garlic or onion in it… Hey, nothing is wrong with that, both are incredibly healthy for your body, but who wants to live with the smell all day…and seriously, nothing is worse than spearmint gum or tic tac breath. Not this mom.
Bad Breath fighting options:
Get some culture! No, I’m not saying hit up the museum! I’m saying eat some YOGURT! Sugar-free yogurts fights bad breath by lowering the levels of hydrogen sulfide in your mouth. In other words, the bad breath is like a smelly gas that’s being emitted from your mouth and it breaks it down. Yogurt also has acidophilus, which is excellent for your digestive tract! It helps to improve digestion by adding good bacteria to the lining of your stomach. Eating yogurt also helps fight gingivitis! Just remember though, you can’t be eating those “Strawberry-Swirl-Tastic” sugary yogurts. This has to be straight up plain sugar-free yogurt. If you can’t live with that- try adding some of these fruits listed below to it!
FRUITS & VEGGIES
Think fruits with a bite or crunch on this one. Celery and carrots are always a favorite go to of mine. They’re a satisfying snack. You can also have an apple. They’re great high-fiber foods that make you salivate more, which in term cleans all the plaque that’s on your teeth which can be the culprit when it comes to bad breath…. But hey ladies, ya don’t gotta stop there! Some of my favorite fruits are on this list! If you’ve really eaten a meal that you know is gonna be sticking around with you for a while, make a little salad with fresh pineapple, kiwi, strawberries & papaya… chop a little fresh mint in there and finish is with a squeeze of lemon. Girlfriend, not only will you be eating the best little fruit salad ever… BUT, it will significantly improve your breath!
I’m not talking about with that green or blue mouthwash you see in the store. No, No. First of all, that stuff makes me feel like my mouth is on FIRE! Secondly, it’s like I’ve mixed garlic with what’s supposed to be a minty fresh palate cleanser and then I’ve got some sort of hybrid of the two going on in my mouth. That stuff is just a cover-up. A patch. A Band-Aid. A quick fix… you see where I’m going with this?!
You want to use something that will completely neutralize the bacteria- and at a fraction of the cost!
Natural Mouth Wash
¼ cup of water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
In a small cup combine all the ingredients. Make sure to use a small whisk or fork to mix it or else the baking soda will clump up at the bottom and not do much good. Swish it around in your mouth and gargle. Just like you wouldn’t swallow any of that green gargle stuff, try not to with this one either… it’s never recommended to swallow mouthwash.
The beauty of this mouth wash is that not only is it super inexpensive to make, there are no artificial or harsh chemicals, you don’t feel like you want to gag and it’s alcohol free. So… technically, you can use this one for the whole family! Kids too!
Be sure to buy ESSENTIAL OILS when it comes to the tea tree & peppermint. You don’t want a blend of any oil. Just the purest form.
Also be sure to store it in a sterilized container if you make slightly larger batches.
And lastly, there’s this old remedy that works in a pinch… if you know you’ve eaten something that’s gonna hang around- chew on a piece of parsley or fresh mint. They both are all natural neutralizers that are pretty handy in most homes & restaurants. It really will help.
If all else fails, I promise, you can hang out with me… I won’t judge or tell you that you have bad breath like my kids do- I’ll just hand you a cup of my home made mouthwash or a bowl of fresh fruit salad…you’ll get the hint.
- ¼ cup of water
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
- 1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
- In a small cup combine all the ingredients.
- Make sure to use a small whisk or fork to mix it or else the baking soda will clump up at the bottom and not do much good.
- Swish it around in your mouth and gargle for about 30 seconds to a minute