11 Worth-Trying Tips On How To Prevent Bad Breath In The Morning & After Eating

Do you suffer from bad breath? Are you searching for an effective solution for it? Fortunately, do not worry if you have bad breath because your problem will be solved. You can prevent this symptom easily by following the instructions that we give you. You will be surprised at the result. Let’s check out these 11 worth-trying tips on how to prevent bad breath in the morning and after eating fast.

(Medically reviewed/fact checked by Sarah Brewer MSc, MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC)

11 Worth-Trying Tips To Prevent Bad Breath In The Morning or After Eating

The recipes we've focused on are traditional home remedies, so always consult your doctor and check out your health condition regularly to know if a remedy is working for you.

I. What Is Bad Breath?

Have you ever heard about bad breath? We are sure that the question is always yes. Bad breath is also called halitosis[1]. It appears when your mouth has an unpleasant odor. Bad breath can happen after meals or upon awakening. It is even the result of a chronic condition. 

There is the fact that 1 in 4 people has bad breath so that anyone can get bad breath. In the United States, 50 million people have bad breath. Therefore, halitosis is a common problem. It is associated with depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms.

II. Why Should You Prevent It?

For social life, bad breath is very annoying because it causes nasty odors, inflammations, and even ruined relationships. Many people say that they avoid talking and sitting closely with others. Therefore, bad breath can lead to low self-confidence. People who have bad breath can become more afraid of connecting with others.

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More seriously, A lot of studies indicate that certain illnesses can cause a 10% of bad breath cases. That is the reason why bad breath can be a sign of some diseases such as hepatitis, diabetes, and lung infections. 

III. Risk Factors

Before knowing how to prevent the appearance of halitosis, you should be aware of the factors of this problem. Here are some common factors of bad breath:

1. Poor Oral Hygiene

Tooth brushing is very important to prevent bad breath. If you don’t brush or floss your teeth frequently, the bacteria from the food accumulated on your teeth or your gums and tongue can lead to the unpleasant smell, which contributes to bad breath[2]. Not only the bad breath but also tooth decay and gum disease can come from the food remaining. Therefore, it is necessary to keep your oral hygiene clean.

2. Food And Drink

Besides the food remaining, some strongly flavored foods, such as garlic, onions, fish, meat, cheese and spices can cause bad breath. Moreover, some drink having a strong flavor like tea or coffee can make your breath smell. 

3. Smoking

Smoking not only affects badly on health but also on the mouth. Smoking is considered as one of the main reasons for gum disease or periodontal disease, which can cause bad breath[3]. Besides, smoking makes your teeth yellow and diminishes your sense of taste.

4. Medication

Some medications such as tranquillisers and antihistamines can cause dry mouth (xerostomia) – one of the factors of bad breath. Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva. It makes the bacteria grow more than normal. These bacteria build-up or change the type in the mouth, then lead to bad breath.

5. Health Problems

Bad breath has relationships with many diseases, such as sinus infections, sore throat, the common cold, flu, lactose intolerance, digestive problems, liver diseases, kidney diseases, etc.

IV. Symptoms

It is generally easy to realize that someone has bad breath or not. Bad breath appears when you notice an unpleasant odor from your breath. Sometimes, it is difficult for the infected ones to detect the smell from their mouth because of acclimatization. If you doubt about your breath, you can ask one of your trusted other to find out. Do not be shy because the sooner you get rid of halitosis, the better it is. The best way to solve the problem is to prevent it.

V. Prevent From Starting

After understanding more about bad breath, especially its factors, you will know how to prevent it easily. There are some simple tips for you to protect your mouth from bad breath. 

1. Brush Teeth At Least Twice A Day

According to the experts, you have to brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. You can prevent bad breath by brushing your teeth correctly. Remember to brush throughout your mouth after each meal. However, do not do it right after eating, wait at least 30 minutes to avoid weakening tooth enamel. Remember to clean your tongue because there are more bacteria on it than anywhere in your mouth.

Moreover, it is necessary to replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months, especially after the illness to make sure that the toothbrush can work effectively. 

2. Use Dental Floss

Another amazing way to get rid of plaque and bacteria buildup is using dental floss because the floss can clean them from between the teeth. Do it at least once a day. 

3. Apply Antiseptic Mouthwash

You need mouthwash to fully protect your oral hygiene because it can reach the deepest area of your mouth and remove bacteria, plaque and tartar. Use it twice a day after each meal to get high efficiency against unpleasant odor. Do not use mouthwashes that have alcohol as they may cause the development of some mouth cancers. 

You can also rinse and gargle with saline solution, which is a natural and effective way to eliminate bacteria. 

4. See The Dentist Regularly

You should go to your dentist or dental hygienist regularly to make sure that oral health is still good. The dentist will clean your teeth, gums, and mouth with specific dental instruments. He or she can also give you information and advice to maintain your oral hygiene and protect it from the mouth diseases. Moreover, seeing the dentist regularly helps you detect and treat the problems associated with mouth early. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist when you have bad breath.

5. Chew Sugar-free Gums Or Mints

They help produce saliva in your mouth and wipe out bacteria. They can also be a mask to cover your bad breath for a short amount of time[4] [5]. Ensure that you use sugar-free gums because when you chew sugar gums, bacteria eat sugar, you will not want to feed them.

6. Drink Lots Of Water

The key to protecting you against bad breath is to keep your mouth hydrated because dry mouth is one of the most common reasons for bad breath[6]. Drink water regularly helps flush out food particles and bacteria. It also boosts saliva to wash your mouth and eliminate odors.

7. Avoid Smoking 

Another reason to stop smoking is that because it is one factor triggering to halitosis. Try to quit smoking or chewing tobacco because the smell will haunt your mouth and give your breath an unpleasant odor. Cigarettes can also harm your gums and teeth and make your mouth unhealthy.

8. Consume More Fiber

Eating foods rich in fiber such as vegetables or fruits helps prevent bad breath, and clean your teeth[7]. They also promote digestion and help clear toxins in your body. 

Stay away from foods and drinks high in sugar because they will ruin your teeth and feed bacteria. The food has refined carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, sweets, and ice cream are not recommended.

Do not consume too much coffee or alcohol, which fosters bacteria, which cause bad breath. The alcohol also makes your mouth dry, then leads to bad breath. 

Get away from volatile foods because they make the problem become worse.

9. Eat Food Rich In Vitamin D

This vitamin supports the bacterial inhibition and oral health[8]. You can get it by consuming food containing a high amount of vitamin D such as salmon, mushroom, fortified yogurt, or just going outside to absorb sunlight. 

Try fortified yogurt (sugar-free) once a day to prevent bad breath with probiotic bacteria[9].

You can also take Vitamin D from supplements. For people between ages 1-70, 600 IU per day is recommended. 800 IU is the amount for others over 70. However, consult your doctor to be sure that it is safe for your situation before taking any supplement.

10. Try Herbs And Spices 

A natural way to prevent bad breath is using herbs and spices. For example, chewing parsley or mints helps clean your mouth and keep your breath fresh[10]. Cardamom, cinnamon, and fennel seeds also help, and  you can grind them for better use.

11. Drink Tea

Polyphenols in tea help remove sulfur compounds that cause halitosis. Drinking tea keeps your mouth hydrated and cleans grime. 

Green tea and black tea contain antioxidants components and help reduce oral bacteria[11].

Making tea with mint leaves is also a good idea to refresh your breath.

VI. What To Do If You Have It

We all do not expect to have this disease. However, instead of suffering from it, it is very easy to treat it. Therefore, please calm down and try the following remedies. Before applying these ingredients, you have to make sure that they do not cause any allergies for you.

1. Baking Soda
  • Why?

Baking soda is commonly used for cooking and cleaning. This is one of the most amazing treatments for bad breath[12]. According to a study by the University of British Columbia, baking soda helps reduce the bad breath of the participants[13]. It helps maintain the levels of acid that causes bad breath. Moreover, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties, it treats the bacteria, which are the causes of bad breath. Plus, it is also effective for oral problems such as tooth infection and mouth ulcers.

  • What do you need?
  • a glass of warm water
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • How to do?
  • Mix baking soda with warm water
  • Use this mixture to rinse your mouth
  • Do it daily until you see the improvement
2. Salt
  • Why?

The combination of salt and water may be natural antimicrobial[14]. This solution assists you in maintaining the pH level in your mouth and cleaning your mouth[15].

  • What do you need?
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • A glass of warm water
  • How to do?
  • Dissolve salt with warm water
  • Use this mixture to rinse your mouth
  • Do it once or twice daily
3. Cinnamon
  • Why?

Cinnamic aldehyde present in cinnamon helps freshen the breath and decrease the bacteria. Moreover, cinnamon contains antimicrobial properties, which prevent the bacteria from causing unpleasant odor[16]. Therefore, using cinnamon makes your breath fresh for a longer time.

  • What do you need?
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • a cup of water
  • Bay leaves and cardamom (optional)
  • How to do?
  • Mix cinnamon powder with water and boil it
  • Add bay leaves and cardamom if you want
  • This solution needs straining 
  • Use this solution as a mouthwash
  • Do twice a day
4. Fennel
  • Why?

        This Indian ingredient is an effective treatment for bad breath. The antimicrobial properties in fennel help treat the bacteria and other infections, which are responsible for bad breath[17]

  • What do you need?
  • 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds
  • a cup of hot water
  • How to do?
  • Steep fennel seeds in hot water
  • Wait for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Drink this solution daily

Or: You can chew a tablespoon of fennel to make your breath fresh.

The tips mentioned above are useful to avoid bad breath. Follow them and forget your unpleasant odor nightmare. You will be satisfied with the results. However, in the case of persistent halitosis, you should go to see your dentist or dental hygienist. All content provided are for informational & educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you. 

Above is some information about bad breath and tips to prevent bad breath in the morning or after eating fast. If you want to learn more about the natural treatments for other health conditions, please visit our Prevention page. Do not forget to leave your comments in the form below to show us your thoughts about this article.













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