Bad Breath, also known as Halitosis, is a condition almost everyone has experienced some time in their life. A simple way to check for bad breath is to cup your hands over your mouth and breathe into them with a great, deep, haaaaaa. Sniff. If it smells unpleasant to you, then it’s deadly to those you come in contact with. Read on to learn the quick fixes and home remedies on how to cope with bad breath.
A dry mouth is a haven for the bacteria which leads to bad breath. The other common causes for bad breath are eating a dish laced with onions, garlic, pepperoni or blue cheese. Perhaps you are a Smoker. You do not brush your teeth correctly or do not floss often enough. Gum disease is also one of the common causes for bad breath. A chronically dry mouth for a long period or too many cups of coffee can lead to bad breath.
Quick Fixes for emergency times to cure bad breath
1 # Find a tap and swish the water around in your mouth. Water will temporarily help to remove bacteria and make your breath a bit acceptable. At the end of the meal, simply take a sip from your water glass and discreetly circulate the water across and around your teeth. Then swallow those potentially offending bits of food to avoid bad breath.
2# At the end of your romantic dinner munch the sprig of parsley which you tend to leave in your plate most of the time. Parsley is a very good source of chlorophyll and a very popular deodorizer with germ fighting properties. It’s a great breath-saver and helps to make your breath fresh naturally. So from now on pick up that sprig and chew it thoroughly.
3# Eat an orange after your meals. The citric acid in orange helps to stimulate salivary glands and encourages the flow of breath fresh saliva. Next time in am emergency just go and grab an orange to get rid of your bad breath.
Home Remedies: Raid the spice rack
Cloves are very rich in eugenol, an effective antibacterial. Simply pop one clove into your mouth and dent it with your teeth. Keep the spicy cloves moving in your mouth as the pungent aromatic clove might burn you slightly if kept in one place. Let it be in your mouth till the time you can bear it, then just spit it out.
Suck a stick of cinnamon. Like cloves it is a very effective remedy to get rid of bad breath. Cinnamon too is a very potent antiseptic.
Mint Leaves / Sage
Chewing mint leaves after meals helps a great deal to combat bad breath. Mint leaves are a very good substitute for those who don’t like the taste of cloves. Sage contains essential oils with antibacterial properties that help neutralize one of the causes of bad breath so chewing sage also helps.
Fennel /Anise Seeds / Cardamom
Fennel, cardamom and anise seeds help to kill bacteria that grow on tongue. They are very good after meals to mask the food odor. Fennel is often offered served in some restaurants after meals in India. It also helps to reduce indigestion, which can be a cause of bad breath. So from now on carry a tiny plastic bag of cloves, fennel, or anise seeds to chew after odorous meals, right.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda or a paste made with hydrogen peroxide will help to reduce the acidity in your mouth. Use of baking soda makes a less-friendly environment for the bacteria to grow in your mouth.
Salt Water Rinse
Gargling with salt water will helps to clean the bacteria, mucus and food particles stuck in your teeth, on your tonsils or the back of your throat which may be causing your bad breath.
Tea tree Oil
It is a natural cure for bad breath when used as a toothpaste additive. Simply add a drop of the oil to your toothpaste right before you brush. You can also create a Tea Tree Oil mouthwash by adding 3 drops of the oil to a cup of warm water. Gargle this solution two to three times a day, preferably after each meal.
All of us suffer from bad breath from time to time but good oral hygiene helps to keep it to minimum. A good oral hygiene consisting of regular brushing and flossing with mouth washes and special rinses from time to time is the only true way to make your bad breath good.
Remember if bad breath lasts longer for 24 hours it can be sign of gum disease or intestinal problems. If you brush properly and floss regularly but still cannot banish the bad breath on your own by these home remedies, it is suggested to see you Dentist quickly. You should not delay your appointment with the doctor in case your breath smells sweet or fruity as this could be a sign of diabetes.