When you suffer from chronic bad breath, or halitosis, you may be frustrated with having bad breath no matter how many times you brush your teeth or rinse your mouth. If so, use the following home remedy that not only freshens your breath, but treats some of the potential causes.
Ingredients And Supplies
Before you begin, gather together the following ingredients and supplies. The ingredients can be found in pharmacies, herbal shops, and some grocery stores.
- Small spray bottle, such as an old breath spray container
- One tablespoon of water
- One-half of a teaspoon of salt
- One-half of a teaspoon of baking soda
- One drop of tea tree oil
- Three drops of peppermint oil
The salt in this breath spray acts as a natural cleaner, removing tiny particles of food that may be stuck inside your mouth. It also serves as an antibacterial, killing odor-causing germs.
The tea tree oil is a natural antimicrobial that kills a variety of bacteria and fungi. As both of these grow in your mouth, they give off an odor as a byproduct.
The baking soda is a base that absorbs and neutralizes the odors. The peppermint oil leaves your breath smelling fresh while it improves the taste of the spray. The baking soda and peppermint oil can also help calm your stomach acid. Sometimes, stomach upsets that are due to acidity can lead to a foul odor that makes its way to your mouth.
Now that you have everything you need, follow the directions below for making your homemade breath spray.
- Pour the ingredients into the spray bottle.
- Replace the spray nozzle and shake vigorously to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
- Spray five squirts into your opened mouth directly onto your tongue where many germs reside.
- Swish the spray for about a minute to coat the inside of your mouth.
- Do not eat or drink anything for about a half an hour to an hour. The longer the coating remains in your mouth, the more time the spray will have to kill the germs.
The above breath spray can be used every three or four hours to keep your breath fresh. You can also use it any time after you eat. However, if your breath still has a foul odor, you may want to see your dentist. There could be an underlying dental problem that is causing the issue that needs to be diagnosed and treated by a professional. To find out more information, contact someone like Westwood Dental Clinic.