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5 Natural Remedies for Unrelenting Mouth Odour



Everyone’s breath kicks up once in a while. It could be because you just woke up, or because you have not eaten all day. Other times it is because you consumed something that made your breath sour, such as cigarettes, alcohol, onions, garlic e.t.c. But when your breath is bad ALL THE TIME.. it becomes a problem –
especially if you are the sensitive type. Not only is it embarrassing, it takes a toll on your confidence…and even worse, could make you a pariah – as most people may avoid talking to you for fear of suffocating from your mouth odour.

When mouth odour becomes unrelenting, it usually is no longer the case of bacteria building up on the back of your tongue or between your teeth. Grabbing a piece of gum or using a mouth spray does not cut it anymore, as it can no longer mask the problem.

It is not advisable to leave things to chance; instead, try some home remedies or visit a dentist to check for underlying medical conditions. If you are interested in the first option, you may want to go for natural options.

Here are 5 some natural remedies for unrelenting mouth odour:

Lemon Nectar
Lemons are great for a lot of things and eliminating strong mouth odour is one them. The lemon fruit contains some acidic content that kills and prevents the spread of bacteria in your mouth.
Also, its strong scent refreshes the mouth, masking the bad odour. The good thing is that lemons are very affordable.
To extract the nectar, all you need to do is cut open the fruit, squeeze it into a small bowl, then stir one tablespoon of the nectar into a cup of water and rinse your mouth with it. You can do this as often as 3 times a day. It will help alleviate your breath issues.

Parsley may look like a very tame herb, but it contains chlorophyll, a powerful breath deodorizer with germ-fighting qualities that can help neutralize bad breath. To use parsley as a cure for your bad breath, simply munch on a sprig of parsley, or put parsley leaves through a juicer and sip the juice. Alternatively, you can dip the herb in vinegar and then chew it thoroughly. Whatever method you chose, the parsley refreshes your breath.

Cinnamon is not just for baking or cooking. You can use it to stop bad breath as well! It contains cinnamic aldehyde, an essential oil, which not only masks bad breath, but also reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. It also stunts bacteria growth. You can either use ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks for this remedy. Boil one teaspoon of cinnamon powder or 1 stick in a cup of water, strain the solution and use it as a mouth rinse to refresh your breath. Use it 2 times a day for optimum effect.

Raw Foods
Some raw foods act as natural toothbrushes and breath cleansers. These raw foods include crunchy fruits and vegetable rich in fiber such as carrots, celery, and apples. They are great for fighting against bad breath, as they can help scrape out the plaque buildup, and trigger an increase in the production of bacteria-fighting saliva inside the mouth- killing mouth odour and keeping breath fresh.
There is even an added bonus of these foods increasing the dose of immune-boosting nutrients when included in your diet.

Salt Water Solution
Every nutritionist or health expert would advise that you hydrate to reduce bad breath. Lack of moisture to produce saliva can catalyze the development of odour-causing bacteria. However, you can go a step further to fight same bacteria with a salt water gargle. Salt- water solution not only introduces moisture to the mouth, the combination of salt and water works together to remove bacteria from your throat and tonsils. Also, it softens the mouth area, loosening and flushing out food particles that may be trapped in certain cervixes in your mouth and causing bad breath. It is preferable to use warm water for this gargle.

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Nkem Ndem is an energetic and highly accomplished Media Consultant who loves to help small businesses, especially women-led, grow their online presence using the right digital strategy or transition from traditional organizational boundaries. With years of experience in Copywriting and Editing, Content Branding and Strategy, Social media, and Digital Marketing, she is clearly obsessed with Digital Communications. She is the Head of Content and Lead Consultant at Black Ink Media - an Ideation and Content Agency that excels in providing fresh, creative digital services to content-centric businesses. Find out more about her at or send her an e-mail at [email protected] Also follow her on IG: @nkemndemv, Twitter: @ndemv.


  1. tunmi

    May 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Alright Nkem. Congratulations on getting some diversity in your topics. Àsálà is also good for mouth odor. Two Nigerian girls did research on it it some years ago, and even BN carried it.

    It’s called African walnut, and the Yoruba call it Àsálà

  2. Siju

    May 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    What about simple proper bucal hygiene….

    Nigérians never visit the dentist. i dont even think Dentists make money in Nigeria, because of this…. (ofcourse this is my assumption)

    But, brushing after every meal is very important. Flossing one or 2ce in the day is also very important….and gosh; brush your tongue.

    The most important of all is SCALING/DETARTRAGE….. once every 6 months, this must be done, to scale off all the tartar formed in the roots of the teeth (this one right here is a major level changer)…Your mouth will thank you for it.

    And the moment, you start sucking on your tooth/teeth, often times the molars, please go and fill them up…these are cavities, and when food get stuck in them, ordinary brushing can’t take them off….. its like leaving food on your kitchen cabinet for days, food will get spoilt and start stinking…just imagine it like that.

    Bleeding gum too causes mouth order…just like a woman’s menstrual pad is not Chanel N° 5…treat it quickly or have baking soda handy.. sprinkly some baking soda on your toothpaste after applying it on your brush

    Jeez, its simple logic but ofcourse, some people are unfortunately born with this mouth odour but again, visit aa dentist regualrly, it can be managed.

    • June

      May 31, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      You do realize not everyone can afford to visit a dentist right? Yes we should make an effort to brush twice a day, these are extra tips that might help someone with this problem Mr/Ms Siju “know it all”

  3. Anoni

    May 29, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Looks like Nkem is the only writer BN has nowadays ooo. Atoke, Isio, Esco…. Where y’all hiding?

  4. Siju

    May 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Where is my comment BN?
    Is it because you still have commentators…

    Don’t worry…. very soon

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