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Hi Everybody!!!!


I am in sales & with having to talk to so many people I need to be sure my breath doesn't offend. I don't want all the sugar that's in regular breath mints & candy. Does anyone know of a natural solution that will help?


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Comment by Shelley Brandy on November 24, 2012 at 10:25am

Bad breath can also come from your nose (infection) mouth (gum disease) or your stomach (poor digestion, candida). As a dental assistant for 24 years I suggest buying a tongue scraper and scraping your tongue to get all the bacteria and sulfur compounds off. Then brushing it with toothpaste or hydrogen pyroxide to kill any bacteria left behind. There are also professional mouth washes that are called cholorhexadine that will kill bacteria all day long and will leave the breath fresh that can only be purchased through a prescription. 75% of the population has gingivitis or the 1st stage of gum disease otherwise known as periodontal disease. It's a disease that doesn't have very many symptoms and before you know it you are in stage 4 and lose your teeth. I suggest going to the dentist and getting your teeth cleaned at least twice a year for healthy teeth and gums and 4 times a year if you have gum disease. We have a saying, floss the teeth you want to keep, if you don't want to keep them, then don't floss. The toothbrush bristles can't get 3 m.m. below the gumline like floss can. Waterpiks, rubber tips and toothpicks work O.K. but still don't get below the gumline. If your gums bleed or are puffy and swollen or you have a lose tooth then you have some form of gum disease. Most adults tend to only get gum disease verses decay, whereas children usually have both or just get decay only. Gum disease is reversible in some stages but not all. Many raw foodists that I talk to think that they don't need to floss but this is not the case. It is rare for a person not to floss and not to have some form of gum disease, but it can happen. This is usually about 1 in 5000 peoples.  When you don't floss you are creating inflammation in the body which can lead to a higher risk of stroke or heart disease. Many are shocked to hear this but it is so true. I also wouldn't use any mouthwashes that have alcohol in them as they dry the mouth out and create more plaque on your teeth. I also suggest spending a good amount of money on a professional toothbrush. I use a Triumph Oral-B Braun toothbrush and I think it's the best one in the market. If you are not removing the plaque (soft gunk on your teeth) every 24 hours then it hardens and turns into tartar (calculus) and can only be removed from the dentist or hygienist. The tartar is hard and porous and is made up of bacteria and attracts or traps more plaque thus creating a vicious cycle. The tarter then irritates the gums and they become puffy and swollen and bleed. If just starting to floss, your gums will bleed for a few days and then toughen up and stop bleeding and become healthy. Make sure you are going up underneath the gums when flossing. If you are pregnant then your gums will bleed excessively as this is due to hormones. So a pregnant woman will need to floss that much more to keep down the bacteria and the bleeding. The tissue in the mouth is very permamable and the bacteria that isn't cleaned off your teeth will travel into the mucosa (mouth skin) and into your bloodstream and then into your heart. So please brush your teeth at least 2 times per day and it's most important to brush them before bed as your salvia production slows down at night. Then the mouth is dry and the plaque then will harder and turn into tarter. It's best to floss twice a day but one time a day is sufficient enought to keep gum disease at bay. Gum disease is also heredity so if your parents don't have all their teeth then there's a good chance you will lose yours if you have poor oral hygiene. Plus all the other methods below are great but might not get to the root of the problem and will only mask the gum disease and not prevent or cure it. Hope this helps!

Comment by nathalie carles on November 21, 2012 at 11:32am

I clean my teeth with Tooth Oil (from Avena originals) made with essentials oils of Almond, Peppermint and Spearmint. It can be used as mouth wash as well, one drop in some water does the trick for a long time!!!!

It is very strong and will help you.

You can also chew cloves, parsley, mint leaves (if you have some), drink water with a lot of lemon (chew the lemon as well) but the tooth oil is fabulous!

Comment by Kathleen Ruhl on November 19, 2012 at 6:45pm

Fennel seed is awesome to chew on too.

Comment by Devona on November 16, 2012 at 4:41pm

I use peppermint essential oil. All peppermint oil does not taste the same! I like the organic peppermint oil from

Comment by Jason W on November 15, 2012 at 9:04pm
Buy real mint leaves...or liquorice root to chew....suck a clove ....or's not the mouth that's the problem re's the stomach, so find out what's causing any probs re foods your eating....vegan always seem to have the worst they eat lots of soya and beans lol...
Comment by indigo on November 15, 2012 at 6:28pm
I had a friend long ago who always had a whole clove in his mouth. I also suggest brushing after you eat!
Comment by Jane on November 14, 2012 at 1:51pm

At the risk of offending anyone, which I definitely don’t want to do.  I have a very acute sense of smell and I feel that I can tell what sort of diet a person eats by their body odour, even when it’s subtle.  In particular it’s very easy to smell the difference between an omnivore, vegetarian and vegan, especially a high-raw vegan.  I don’t necessarily find any of the body odours particularly offensive (perhaps with the exception of people who eat an excessive amount of meat), but I think vegans and raw vegans usually smell pleasant, even if they eat a lot of garlic :-) 

I’ve also heard that parsley & peppermint oil can help to make the breath smell fresh, and in my opinion green juice is FABULOUS for absolutely everything! 

Comment by HippyDaisyChick on November 14, 2012 at 7:23am

Hmmm...Idon't know about that one, but I have found that green juice is wonderful for that.

Comment by Supermom on November 13, 2012 at 8:45pm

The classic one is to chew on some parsley. I wonder if a mint leaf would work?

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on November 13, 2012 at 4:17pm

forgot to say - chew the seeds - when you chew them up they are most effective - the flavor will take over  (I realize this may or may not be obvious so when I re-read my post I decided to put this step in .. chew the little seeds)

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