Bad breath also known as “halitosis” is often caused by poor dental hygiene, smoking and drinking alcohol. It can also be a sign of more serious health problems such as gingivitis, infection of the tonsils, diabetes, constipation, dry mouth, acid reflux disease and kidney or liver condition. It can also involve most deadly manifestations of different types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs or larynx. It is often a source of embarrassment for sufferers leading to distressing social interaction.
Having coffee can also contribute to bad breath. It creates acidic environment in our mouth allowing anaerobic bacteria to proliferate. Having tea instead of coffee might be a good idea.
Having alcohol creates dry mouth condition. It depletes the oral environment of oxygen, while promoting generation of sulfur compounds.
By using some traditional home remedies, bad breath can be eliminated such as fresh vegetable juice made of cucumber, celery, carrots with 2-3 drops of oregano oil.
You can also make a mouthwash with anise seed, cloves, cinnamon and rosemary. Soak this ingredients in water for a week and then strained and used as desired.
You can also make an effective mouthwash by diluting one drop of myrrh, thyme or fennel oil in a cup of water and use it everyday.
If you don’t have time to make a mouthwash, chew some rosemary leaves, thyme mint, fresh parsley, fresh wheat grass. Wheat grass is the best chewing remedy as it has the highest oxygen content of all living grasses, hence it make a perfect tool to fight anaerobic bacteria causing bad breath in the mouth and further down the body.
You can also add 8 to 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to a cup of water. Gargle with this water. This is one of the most potent disinfectants that exist in nature.
Change your diet habit. Replace non vegetarian foods like meat, fish, dairy products and even cereal grains with green vegetables as the foul smelling sulfur based compounds are the result of decomposition of protein food that you eat.
Digestive problems can also cause bad breath. Have probiotics like bifidus and acidophilus to speed up digestion of food by increasing the amount of good bacteria in the body.
Avoid sugar in your tea; this is good for those who suffer from bad breath caused by dry mouth.
Learn proper technique of cleaning your teeth from a dentist. Brush at least twice a day, floss every day, gently scrub your tongue as odor causing bacteria often accumulates there.
Some foods like raw onion and garlic worsens breath and will continue to smell unpleasant as this food are absorbed into your bloodstream and then transferred to your lungs, from where you breath it out. So avoid this food.