Constant and strong unpleasant breath odor is known as halitosis. For many people suffering from halitosis, it becomes an embarrassment for them to be part of society. This in turn leads to low self esteem.
In most cases, the root of halitosis lies in the mouth. Dental hygiene is very important to cure and prevent bad breath. Here we give you a list of natural cures for halitosis.
Halitosis generally occurs from bacteria that settle in the corners of the teeth and gums. If you do not brush regularly, food particles may remain intact in gaps between teeth becoming the breeding ground for bacteria and releasing a foul smell. Brush twice a day and floss daily if you have bad breath.
Use a mouthwash to rinse after every meal. Make sure that your mouthwash contains zinc ions if you want to eliminate bad breath. Zinc neutralizes the sulfur compounds in the mouth which cause foul odor. Mouthwashes containing essential oils are also beneficial in curing halitosis.
Both tea tree oil and lemon oil have antibacterial properties to help cure bad breath. You can also dilute peppermint oil in water and rinse your mouth with this solution after every meal.
Unclean mouths are the chief cause of halitosis. So oral health is very important if you want to get rid of bad odor in the mouth. Using tongue scrapers removes food particles, dead skin cells and bacteria settled on the tongue.
Sometimes the tongue appears white due to a thick coating on the upper layer. This has to be removed with a tongue scraper. Even if you do not have a tongue scraper, clean the tongue with a spare toothbrush.
Drinking cold water or other cool fluids like cucumber soup or fruit juices is important to maintain oral hygiene. It is said that excess heat in the stomach leads to a foul smell that is emanated from the mouth.
Balance the heat in your body especially during summers by consuming large quantities of cool fluids.
Both black and green tea contain compounds called polyphenols which help in killing bacteria in the mouth. Brew your tea very light for best results against halitosis.
Chewing on herbs will help eliminate halitosis. Take small sprigs of parsley, rosemary, tarragon or spearmint and chew on them for less than five minutes after meals for best results against halitosis. You can also boil sprigs of herbs in water and drink the liquid.
Chewing on crunchy vegetables and fruits cures halitosis effectively. It is said that the crunchiness removes plaque from teeth.
However, you have to take care that particles of these fruits and vegetables like carrot, jicama or apple does not remain in the mouth after you have finished eating.
Studies have shown that this green pigment present in plant leaves neutralizes halitosis by removing toxins and bacteria present in the bloodstream. Boil plants such as wheatgrass, alfalfa or barley in water and drink the solution. These plants contain a high percentage of chlorophyll and successfully remove bad breath.
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