What causes bad breath?
There are several factors that contribute to bad breath. The main cause is a fine film of living or dead bacteria that stick to your teeth after you have eaten food. Another cause is poor bowel movements (gases are moved through your mouth). Diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, dehydration and zinc deficiency cause bad breath as well.
Home remedies to control bad breath
-Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly takes care of most part of your problems. Remember to brush your tongue or clean it with a tongue cleaner. Bacteria cling to your tongue and contribute to the smell.
-Chew on a mint leave if you are in public and cannot brush your teeth immediately after your meal. You can also choose to drink a hot cup of tea as it takes care of your problem.
-Washing and rinsing your mouth with plain water helps as well. Take a mouthful of water and swish it around your mouth. Run your tongue through your teeth and wash it out.
-Never dine out on garlic and onions. Stick to water and stay away from alcohol like whiskey, beer, wine and coffee. They tend to stick to your teeth and cause plague.
-Brush your teeth with half a lemon squeezed with a pinch of salt. The acid from the lemon will act to prevent the smell.
-Place a few cloves in your mouth. You can choose to chew them or just leave them in your mouth.
-Snack on crunchy vegetables and fruits like apples, celery and carrots. Crunchy foods help remove food, bacteria and plague.
-According to the Chinese eating bitter foods take care of the bacteria.
Most importantly, if you try all these home remedies and it doesn’t work then you must consult your dentist. Inform him about all the remedies that you have tried and the duration.