Halitosis

Also indexed as:Bad Breath
Fresh breath can lead to more enjoyable interactions with others. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Coenzyme Q10

(Gingivitis)
50 to 60 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Coenzyme Q10 is often recommended by doctors to help prevent and treat periodontitis.
Folic Acid

(Gingivitis)
Use 5 ml twice per day of a 0.1% solution2 stars[2 stars]
Folic acid is often recommended by doctors to help prevent and treat periodontitis and has been shown to reduce the severity of gingivitis when taken as a mouthwash.
Probiotics
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Preparations and gums containing probiotics have shown some promise for improving halitosis.
Zinc Chloride
Regularly use a mouthrinse or toothpaste containing zinc2 stars[2 stars]
Zinc is able to reduce the concentration of volatile sulfur compounds in the mouth, thus lessening halitosis.
Blood Root
800 IU daily1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from bloodroot have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Caraway
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from caraway have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Clove Oil
Use a mouthrinse or toothpaste containing zinc regularly1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from clove have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Eucalyptus
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from eucalyptus have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Myrrh
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from myrrh have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Peppermint
0.5 to 8 grams daily1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from peppermint have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Sage
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from sage have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Selenium

(Gingivitis)
Spray a lotion containing 3.7% citronella in a slow-release formula every morning for six days per week1 star[1 star]
Selenium is often recommended by doctors to help prevent and treat periodontitis.
Tea Tree
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from tea tree have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Thyme
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from thyme have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Vitamin E
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E is often recommended by doctors to help prevent and treat periodontitis.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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