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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Mouth Bad Smell - Natural Home Remedies

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can be an embarrassing and sometimes distressing condition. It’s often caused by the bacteria that live in our mouth and can be exacerbated by various factors such as diet, oral hygiene, and certain health conditions. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies you can try at home to freshen your breath.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

The cornerstone of fresh breath is good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and cleaning your tongue can significantly reduce bad breath. Bacteria thrive on food particles left in the mouth, so keeping your mouth clean is essential.

Natural Remedies to Try


Clove is a powerful antibacterial spice that can help combat bad breath. Chewing on a piece of clove releases eugenol, an aromatic oil that kills bad-smelling bacteria. You can also make clove tea and use it as a mouthwash for a refreshing effect.

Orange Peel

The citric acid in orange peels can stimulate saliva production, which helps wash away bacteria and food particles. Chew on a piece of orange peel or use it to rub your teeth and gums gently.

Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, can neutralize acids and reduce bacteria in the mouth. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water to create a mouthwash, or apply it to your toothbrush before brushing.


Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining saliva flow and preventing dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist and clean.

Herbal Rinses

Herbs like parsley, mint, and fennel have deodorizing properties. You can chew on these herbs or steep them in hot water to make a herbal rinse.

Preventive Measures

In addition to trying these home remedies, it’s important to identify and address the underlying causes of bad breath. Regular dental check-ups, quitting smoking, and avoiding foods that contribute to bad breath are all preventive measures that can help.


Bad breath doesn’t have to be a persistent problem. With these natural home remedies and good oral hygiene practices, you can enjoy fresh breath and a healthier mouth. Remember, if bad breath persists, it’s important to consult with a doctor to rule out any underlying health issues.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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