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Written by Dr Ashok Pal
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Do you hesitate to talk to someone because of your bad breath? Are you searching for some home remedies to cure your bad breath? Then we welcome you to a blog, where you can get to know the causes and a few home remedies that will help you deal with your bad breath. Bad breath, also called halitosis, is mostly a sign of bad dental hygiene, dry mouth, or other mouth conditions. It can also be a sign of other conditions, such as diabetes and liver and kidney diseases.1  

What Causes Bad Breath? 

Following are some of the reasons for bad breath: 

  • Dry mouth: Dry mouth can be caused by smoking or certain medicines. Your saliva helps wash your mouth; if your mouth is unable to make sufficient saliva, it can cause your breath to smell bad. 
  • Bad oral hygiene: The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. The food substances stuck in your teeth are broken down by bacteria; this action results in a bad smell. 
  • Tonsil stones: Food stuck in your tonsil can harden into calcium deposits known as tonsilloliths/tonsil stones. 
  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD): A digestive disease in which the acid of the stomach returns to the food pipe (oesophagus). 
  • Gum disease: Gum disease includes gingivitis (gum inflammation), trench mouth (advanced gingivitis), and periodontitis (untreated gingivitis causes periodontitis).  
  • Cancer: Mouth cancer or cancer between your nose and mouth can also be responsible for causing bad breath. 
  • Diabetes 
  • Infection in the nose, throat, or lungs: Patients having Pneumonia cough up liquids that may smell foul. 
  • Sjogren’s syndrome: An autoimmune (the immune system attacks healthy cells) disease-causing dry mouth, dry skin, dry eyes, and muscle ache 
  • Kidney or liver disease1 

Also Read: Home Remedies For Tonsillitis

Symptoms of Bad Breath:  

Bad breath itself is a symptom of various conditions mentioned above. It may be worse in the morning or after drinking coffee, smoking, or eating food items like garlic.2 

However, you may also notice some other symptoms like: 

  • Dry mouth 
  • Constant bitter, sour, metallic taste 
  • Thick saliva with a constant urge to clear the throat 
  • Post-nasal mucous or drip 
  • White coating on the tongue, mainly on the back part of the tongue 
  • Burning sensation in the tongue3 

Also Read: Easy Home Remedies for Bleeding Gums

Suggested Home Remedies for Bad Breath: 

Some home remedies that might help you get rid of bad breath are: 

1. Yoghurt:

Yoghurt decreases the bacteria that produce bad/foul breath. In a human study, the results indicated that yoghurt might reduce harmful bacteria and oral malodour (unpleasant smell).4 Therefore, you may eat yoghurt to fight bad breath. 

2. Lavang (Clove):

Chewing some lavang reduces bad breath. It inhibits the growth of microorganisms responsible for producing bad breath and helps fight bad breath.5 You can chew some lavang to get rid of bad breath.6 

3. Saunf (Fennel):

Fennel seeds are chewed by the people of India to deal with bad breath. It is considered beneficial for teeth and is known to clean teeth.7 You can chew some fennel seeds. Also, you can gargle with warm fennel water. For this, you can boil some fennel seeds in water.6  

4. Paan (Betel Leaves):

Chewing paan has several medicinal benefits. It inhibits bad breath, sweetens the breath, toughens the gums, and protects the teeth.8 You can chew some paan/betel leaves after a meal to reduce the bad breath. It also cleans the oral cavity.6 

5. Elaichi (Cardamom):

Elaichi is known as one of the best remedies for managing bad breath. Simply chewing some elaichi seeds helps in removing bad mouth odour.9 You can also put some elaichi powder in hot water and use it to gargle. This might benefit you to get rid of bad breath.6 

6. Chakra Phool (Star Anise):

Star anise is used as a natural breath freshener and helps in refreshing the breath.10 You can chew the seeds of chakra phool after a meal to refresh your breath.6 

7. Tulsi (Holy Basil):

In Ayurveda, it is mentioned that tulsi has several medicinal uses. Chewing some tulsi leaves may help cure infection and ulcers in the mouth. The sun-dried tulsi leaves powder may be used for brushing teeth. It helps remove the foul breath and manage the disorders of gums.11 You can chew a few tulsi leaves to get rid of bad breath.6 

8. Good Oral Hygiene 

You can also follow these tips to control bad breath: 

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. 
  • Floss daily 
  • Clean your tongue. 
  • Gargle with an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Avoid caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, as these products make the mouth dry. 
  • Drink plenty of water so that your mouth does not dry. 
  • Improve the saliva production by chewing gum or candy (sugar-free) or eating healthy food items that need a lot of chewing.1 

Also Read: Simple Home Remedies For Swollen Gums

When to Seek Medical Help? 

If you have persistent bad breath, even after following a good dental hygiene routine and preventing your mouth from dryness, you must consult a doctor.1  


Due to bad breath, you may feel uncomfortable talking to someone and may lose self-esteem and confidence. However, you can try some of the home remedies such as lavang, yoghurt, paan, saunf, elaichi, tulsi, and chakra phool to deal with your bad breath. You must also follow good oral hygiene practices. However, if you still feel your breath is persistently smelling bad and not improving, you must consult a doctor. 

Also Read: 10 Best Home Remedies For Toothache

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Can I use saunf to treat the foul smell from my mouth? 

Yes, you can use saunf to reduce the foul smell from your mouth. Fennel seeds are known to be beneficial for teeth and help clean teeth. They are commonly used in India for dealing with bad breath.7 You can chew some fennel seeds or gargle with warm fennel water.6  

Is paan good for breath odours? 

Yes, paan is good for breath odours. Paan inhibits bad breath, sweetens the breath, toughens the gums, and protects the teeth.8 You can chew some paan after a meal to reduce the bad breath. Also, paan cleans the oral cavity.6 Therefore, eating paan might benefit you. 

Are there any home remedies to get rid of bad breath? 

Yes, there are several home remedies such as saunf, elaichi, paan, tulsi, yoghurt, lavang, and star anise that might help you get rid of bad breath.4-11 

Does elaichi help in treating bad breath? 

Elaichi might help in dealing with bad breath. Simply chewing some elaichi seeds helps in removing bad breath.9 You can also put some elaichi powder in hot water and use it to gargle. This might help you get rid of bad breath.6 

Can brushing and flossing prevent bad breath? 

Yes, brushing twice a day and flossing daily might be helpful in preventing bad breath. However, if your bad breath situation is continuously worsening, then in such a case, you must consult your doctor.1  

Also Read: Best Home Remedies for Wisdom Tooth Pain


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Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.

About the author

Dr Ashok Pal

BAMS, Rajiv Gandhi Education Society, Ayurvedic Medical College, Ron, Karnataka
PGDEMS, P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Mumbai

Work Experience - 5+ Years

• He has immense clinical experience given her internships at RGES Medical College (1 yr).
• He has extensive experience having worked as a resident medical officer & intensivist for 5 years handling many critical and acute patients.
• He has worked at a COVID-care center managing admitted COVID patients.

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