Easy Natural Cures for Bad Breath
Morning breath is one thing: we all have it and it usually goes away once we brush our teeth in the morning after waking, but persistent bad breath may need more than just brushing. Some people seem to develop persistent bad breath that does not go away after simply brushing one's teeth and halitosis that can remain throughout the day. There are plenty of natural remedies to combat persistent bad breath.
Examining the Causes
Bad breath can be very embarrassing not only for the person who has the bad breath, but also for anyone coming near them. Some people's breath is so bad that you can literally smell it from a few feet away. Perhaps someone with bad breath has tried many things to rid themself of this condition with little success and they've learned to live with it and accept their fate. Perhaps someone with halitosis is unaware they have such bad breath. Since they smell it all the time, they might be used to the odor and not realize it's any different from anyone else's odors.
The most common cause for anyone's bad breath is bacteria. It could also be a result of what you eat. Finally, bad breath can be of other causes, such as periodontal disease (gum disease) or some types of infections, liver or kidney dysfunction, certain metabolic diseases, certain medications, and various other sources, so you will probably want to visit your dentist (or physician) first to rule out serious conditions before anything else. Good oral health is important for good overall health.
Brushing and Flossing
Let's start with the basics: brushing and flossing. Brushing your teeth removes plaque buildup and bacteria from your mouth. Be sure to brush the fronts and backs of your teeth as well as the sides and every area of each tooth that you can reach with your toothbrush. Also be sure to brush your tongue, as a lot of bacteria can accumulate there, too, not just on your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth at least two or three times daily.
Toothbrushes can only reach so far. Many areas can be neglected, even if you brush your teeth a dozen times a day; this is why flossing is so important. Flossing can help remove bacteria in between teeth and close to the gums where our toothbrush cannot quite reach or only partially clean. There can be food particles remaining in these deep, dark areas that are decaying and causing bad breath, and that's just the start!
Be sure to brush and floss after eating whenever possible, or at least swish some water around in your mouth if you cannot brush and/or floss, to remove as many food particles as possible after eating. Any food particles remaining in the mouth can attract bacteria and the particles break down causing bad breath and other conditions.
Drink More Water
If your mouth is dry, it can help create an environment where bacteria flourish. Staying well hydrated will help your mouth remain at a balanced level where it will not feel dry. Also, it's more comfortable when you're not parched! Water is also excellent for the body far beyond the oral hygiene aspect.
Certain warm teas can also help combat bad breath as they contain compounds that fight certain strains of bacteria.
Parsley and Other Greens
Herbs and foods such as parsley, cilantro, peppermints (and other mints), alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley, spirulina, basil and others are high in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps to cleanse toxins in the bloodstream and contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These products can be eaten fresh, in a tincture or tea, and also are readily available in supplements, pills, and tablets. Regularly consuming foods and herbs high in chlorophyll helps the body fight bad breath from the inside out and helps combat bacteria in the mouth that can cause halitosis.
Other foods good for oral health (and good for overall health as a whole) include yogurt, lemon, cloves, and anise seed (licorice flavored herb). Baking soda is also a wonderful natural remedy to use to cleanse the mouth and rid the bacteria.
Certain foods such as onions and garlic tend to cause bad odor, but normal brushing and flossing as well as swishing with water and staying hydrated should be enough to combat the odor. You can also try these herbs such as peppermint and parsley to kill some of the bacteria and help your body fight bacteria from the inside.
Tips and Notes
If you are unsure of the proper way to brush and floss, consult your dentist. They will be happy to instruct you on proper brushing and flossing techniques and can help explain why it's so important to brush and floss properly.
Regular visits to the dentist and professional teeth cleaning can help remove tartar buildup, plaque, and other buildup and concerns, thus almost giving your mouth a clean slate, so to speak. Keeping your mouth free of builup by getting teeth professionally cleaned makes your job of daily brushing and flossing easier, and keeps your breath from smelling bad.
Smoking can also add to bad breath problems, so you may want to consider quitting smoking not only for your bad breath, but also for your overall health.
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