Fresh breath is a sign of Healthy mouth and healthy mouth is indication of good health.
Bad breath/halitosis is referred to an unpleasant odor of the mouth.
Bad breath is quite embarrassing moment for everyone and in some cases cause of anxiety. Malls store shelves are overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to fight for bad breath. But most of these products provide temporary measures because they don’t address the cause of the problem.
Key reason of bad breath include
Poor dental hygiene
LET US DISCUSS EACH IN DETAIL:
- DRY MOUTH:
Saliva in your mouth helps cleanse your mouth, removing particles that cause bad odors. A condition called dry mouth can contribute to bad breath because production of saliva is decreased. Dry mouth usually occurs during sleep, leading to “morning breath,” and things become severe if you sleep with your mouth open.
Smoking and chewing smoking items leaves chemicals in the mouth that may remain in the mouth for some time. Smoking may create certain disease in the mouth which can create gum disease and bad breath.
Left out food particles in mouth increase bacteria while sleeping and cause odor. Also eating certain foods like onions, garlic also create bad breath.
Once you digest these foods, these foods enter in your bloodstream, further carried to your lungs and affect your breath.
4. POOR DENTAL HYGIENE:
Brushing regularly is most important activity for Dental Hygiene. If you don’t brush daily in morning & before going to bed, food particles remain in your mouth, create bad breath. A gummed film of bacteria configure on your teeth.
If not brushed properly, plaque can irritate your gums and eventually form plaque-filled pockets between your teeth and gums.
Your tongue may mush bacteria that produce bad odors. Dentures that aren’t cleaned regularly can create odor-causing bacteria and food particles.
Many medication which are used to treat allergies can cause dry mouth, which is main reason for bad breath.
Symptoms of bad breath include
Bad breath is easily noticed by others. However it is always better to notice by person itself and treat immediately. Socially it is embarrassing and create anxiety. Most obvious signs of Bad breath are:
Unpleasant taste in the mouth
White coating on the tongue.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR BAD BREATH:
- Stay Hydrate
- Fennel, Cloves for Bad Breath
- Mint for Bad Breath
- Parsley, Cilantro, Basil for Bad Breath
- Lemon for Bad Breath
- Use Mouth rinse
- Use of Tongue scraper for Bad Breath
- Brush twice a Day
- Avoid High Sugar & High Protein Diet
- Use of Chew Gum
Let us discuss one by one:
- STAY Hydrate
Drinking enough water is one of the best way you can take to control bad breath. When your mouth doesn’t have enough moisture to produce saliva, bacteria may develop. Side effects from certain medications, medical conditions and diseases can prevent you from that necessary moisture, but not getting enough water can also contribute to dry mouth in otherwise healthy people.
Staying hydrated is important, particularly before and after heavy exercise, when rapid breath can increase dry mouth. While it’s a healthy practice in and of itself, be sure to drink water when you first wake up. Dry mouth can occur while you’re asleep, so drink lot of water when you wake up.
2. FENNEL, CLOVES FOR BAD BREATH:
Use of Fennel seeds is a common Indian remedy for bad breath. Their antiseptic properties help fight bacteria. Fennel seed helps neutralize offensive odors and aid digestion. Eating the seeds also increases saliva that washes away bacteria from your mouth.
Fennel seeds have antibacterial properties that fighting germs which cause bad odor.
Cloves also help freshen your breath and make breath sweet. Another advantage with cloves is that they help fight bad bacteria in your mouth that can cause cavities.
Consume few cloves once or twice a day.
3. MINT FOR BAD BREATH:
Mint helps easing indigestion and heartburn, mint also fight bacteria in mouth that cause bad breath. Mint contains chlorophyll, and the act of chewing the leaves may help scrape the odor-causing bacteria from your teeth.
Additionally, mint also leaves its signature minty-fresh taste behind which gives good feeling.
4. PARSLEY, CILANTRO, BASIL FOR BAD BREATH:
Parsley, Cilantro, Basil is a popular folk remedy for bad breath. Fresh scent from these green plants and high chlorophyll content suggest that it can have a deodorizing effect.
5. LEMON FOR BAD BREATH:
Rinse your mouth with lemon water twice a day. Take one tea spoon of lemon juice in a cup of water and gargle. Lemon juice can help neutralize onion or other breath. The citric acid in the lemon contains antibacterial properties that kill bacteria that cause bad breath. Be careful that not let the citric acid sit on the teeth.
6. USE MOUTHRINSE:
Use a mouthrinse after every meal like, 30 seconds mouthrinse helps reduce plaque and gingivitis and freshens breath. Mouthrinse alone is not an effective remedy but should be used with regular brushing and flossing.
7. USE OF TONGUE SCRAPER FOR BAD BREATH:
Use of Tongue scraper is good practice for mouth and teeth hygiene.
Scrape your tongue each morning with a tongue scraper or spoon to decrease the bacteria, and dead cells that can cause odor.
8. BRUSH TWICE A DAY:
Brush teeth regularly. Remember to brush the tongue to remove bacteria from its surface. Brushing the tongue can help with bad breath caused by foods a person has eaten.
9. AVOID HIGH SUGAR & HIGH PROTEIN DIETS:
Diets that are high in sugar and protein can also result in bad breath. A diet high in sugar can lead to bad breath and could be the culprit for halitosis due to how sugars interact with the existing bacteria in your mouth.
10.USE OF CHEW GUM FOR BAD BREATH:
Gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against plaque acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath. it also helps pick up food that’s been left behind in teeth.