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How To Use Baking Soda To Fight Bad Breath?

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How To Use Baking Soda To Fight Bad Breath? November 23, 2017

Is bad breath stopping you from speaking in public? We know how embarrassing it can be. It is time to stop feeling helpless about this situation and take charge, with some baking soda. Read on to know how to use baking soda to get rid of that stench coming from your mouth.

A stinky breath is not just a precursor to social awkwardness, but can also be a possible indication to a problematic digestive system. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused due to internal reasons, such as stomach problems or infections of the tonsils, or external causes such as smelly foods (example, onions, and garlic) or even habitual smoking.

This foul smell keeping you away from people is emitted by a collection of anaerobic bacteria that call the tongue and the insides of the cheeks their home. So how do you combat bad breath? Long term solutions are to brush twice a day, keep yourself well hydrated or take medications for various infections. But we do have a quick fix for this problem that can be slightly long-lasting as well. Here is how baking soda can help you.

Can Baking Soda Prevent Bad Breath?

The one efficient answer to bad breath is baking soda. Baking soda is a unique composition indeed. Here is how it works for bad breath –

  • It is alkaline in nature and neutralizes the high acidic levels in your mouth that are the cause for bad breath (1).
  • It kills the bacteria in the mouth that thrive in an environment rich in acidity and sucrose, by utilizing its antimicrobial properties (2).
  • Since it is not acidic, it causes no harm to the teeth, gums or bones.

Given below are the various combinations in which baking soda can be used to lessen bad breath.

How To Use Baking Soda For Bad Breath?

  1. Baking Soda With Water (Gargle)
  2. Baking Soda And Toothpaste
  3. Baking Soda And Salt
  4. Baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Baking Soda And Honey
  6. Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda
  7. Baking Soda And Lime

1. Baking Soda With Water (Gargle)

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Simply drop the powder into water, preferably warm.
  2. Allow the powder to fully dissolve and use this in place of a mouthwash.
  3. Gargle with the liquid for a good 30 seconds to one minute for best results.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day for a few days only.

Why This Works

Gargling with the baking soda water will ensure all the bacteria hiding in the nook and corner are killed eliminating the foul smell from your mouth.

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2. Baking Soda And Toothpaste

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the baking soda with the usual amount of toothpaste you use.
  2. Place this on the toothbrush and brush your teeth as you would normally do.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this every alternate day for a week.

Why This Works

As your toothpaste cleanses your teeth and oral cavity, the baking soda will work its magic to solve your problem of bad breath quickly and efficiently.

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3. Baking Soda And Salt

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A glass of tepid water
What You Have To Do

Mix the salt and baking soda with the water and gargle with this for about a minute each time, until you use up all the water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this mouth rinse every alternate day until the bad breath goes away.

Why This Works

Like baking soda, salt is also a pH neutralizing compound that also possesses antimicrobial properties (3, 4). By using both baking soda and salt in the gargle solution, the results can be achieved faster.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Bad Breath ]

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4. Baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the baking soda and vinegar to the water.
  2. Rinse your mouth with this for a couple of seconds and then spit it out.
  3. Finish the entire cup of water with repetitive mouth rinses.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is also a pH neutralizing agent (5). It is mildly acidic and will not damage your teeth or gums when used diluted.

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5. Baking Soda And Honey

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A glass of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the baking soda powder and honey in water.
  2. Drink this.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once a day for a few days, until the bad breath vanishes.

Why This Works

Baking soda will bring back the pH balance in the stomach which may be causing the bad breath. This imbalance is usually due to an infection. The honey is soothing for the digestive lining that may be inflamed due to the infection. It is also antimicrobial in nature and contains anti-inflammatory compounds (6).

[ Read: Yoga Exercises To Fight Bad Breath ]

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6. Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda For Bad Breath

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water
What You Have To Do

Mix everything together and use this to rinse your mouth.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every alternate day for 7-8 days.

Why This Works

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective antimicrobial agent that is often used to get rid of bacteria from the oral cavity (7). The foul odor causing bacteria can be easily eliminated with this remedy.

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7. Baking Soda And Lime For Bad Breath

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Juice of one lime or lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
What You Have To Do
  1. Pour all the ingredients into a bottle, close the lid, and shake well.
  2. Taking about two tablespoons of this, swish it around your mouth for a minute or so.
  3. Rinse your mouth with plain water after this.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a day, and the stink from your mouth will be gone in just a few uses.

Why This Works

The acid present in lemon juice exert a bactericidal effect on the odor-causing bacteria in the mouth (8). The citrus content of the lemon juice will leave your breath fresh.

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Apart from using these remedies, also remember to keep your diet healthy with the consumption of fresh, green vegetables, pulses, and whole grains. Avoid fatty meat, bread and any kinds of dairy products until the problem of bad breath has receded. Do keep the following points in mind too.

Few Points To Remember

  • Baking soda will not harm your body in any way if consumed in small doses. However, anything in excess is bad.
  • Other ways to cure bad breath include brushing your teeth twice a day, regular flossing, and tongue scraping
  • You can also chew on some cinnamon or cloves and then spit it out for instantly refreshing your breath.

Baking soda is one ingredient that is always stocked in every household. It helps not just in removing stains, but also in boosting your confidence by getting rid of your bad breath. Try the many combinations of baking soda for bad breath given in this article, for that million dollar smile!

If the bad breath does not recede even after a few days of using the remedies or becomes very strong, then the problem could be severe and you may need to consult a doctor as this could be a sign of a bigger problem in the digestive system.

Maintain dental hygiene and use these remedies whenever required. Hope we could be of help with this article. Do let us know in the comments section below.

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