Does Gargling Salt Water Help Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Fix bad breath to get your smile back.

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Bad breath can really sabotage things for anyone you come in close contact with. But your breath is totally fixable and you can use all natural remedies like salt water to get things fresh again. Gargle with salt water one to two times a day until things clear up.


Salt water can neutralize bacteria levels in your mouth that contribute to stinky breath. The act of gargling can swish out food particles or excess mucus that might be hiding behind your teeth and contributing to the odor.

Causes of Bad Brearth

Tobacco and alcohol consumption cause bad breath, as do poor diets and dehydration. These are all within your power to change. If you're stressed, have a sinus or throat problem, or have stomach problems, you'll have more halitosis. More serious conditions, from diabetes to kidney or liver problems, come with a side effect of bad breath. Poor oral hygiene and lingering dental problems also cause it. Running through the checklist and figuring out where you're having problems can really turn things around for your breath.

Using Salt Water

To gargle with salt water, fill a small glass with warm to hot water -- hot enough to dissolve the salt, yet cool enough not to burn you -- and add 1 tsp. of salt. Stir the salt into the water. Then toss it back like you're doing a shot, and swish the water around your mouth for about 10 seconds. Swish the water through all parts of your mouth. Then spit, never swallow.

Other Bad Breath Cures

Start with a trip to the dentist, who can detect any oral health issues. Adopt a daily routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash or salt water to keep teeth healthy. Cut back on caffeine, alcohol and other acidic foods and eat a fruit-rich diet. Get fiber in your diet and get yourself hydrated to promote better digestive health, which can curb some halitosis.

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