Unlike a kiss that gives pleasure to the one kissing and the one being kissed, certain things can cause discomfort to all people involved. One of them is bad breath (or halitosis), which refers to foul odor from the mouth.

It can occur due to many reasons like smoking, eating odorous foods, dry mouth, fat burning diets, medical conditions and gum diseases. Around 25 to 30 percent of the world’s population suffer from unpleasant odors coming from their mouth.

Though it is not life threatening, it takes a serious toll on your confidence level and makes the question ‘Should I?’ run behind your mind every time you want to get close to people. Therefore we are here to set things right by providing you with the best home remedies to fight bad breath once and for all.

If the question ‘Should I?’ still runs in your mind, we are assuring you ‘You should!’

1) Water

Do you know that even healthy people suffer from odorous breath in the morning? Well it is because when people sleep their mouth tends to get dry. Dry mouth is like a villa where odor causing bacteria builds up. So hydrating your mouth often results in the production of saliva containing anti-microbial properties.

2) Fennel

Indian restaurants are known for their spicy food and usually serve fennel seeds after every meal. This is because Indian food contains odorous foods like onion and garlic and fennel seeds are used to freshen up the mouth immediately.

3) Cloves

Cloves

Cloves are a boon for your teeth and gums. Cloves have a stinging sensation that affects bacteria which cause odors, and helps you get rid of them.

The best way to use clove is to chew them a little and keep them at the corner of your mouth so that it gets filled with its juices slowly.

4) Cinnamon

Cinnamon also has a stinging sensation due to the presence of cinnamic aldehyde. This component does not only help you with your bad breath but also kills the bacteria causing them.

5) Lemon

Lemon contains citric acid and microbes cannot sustain in an acidic environment. Hence rinsing your mouth with lemon juice does not only help you with the foul odor but also prevents further bacteria development.

6) Baking Soda

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate helps to fight this condition by balancing the acid levels in your mouth, thereby fighting the oral bacteria causing it in the first place.

You can choose whichever option you are comfortable with but hydration is a must. In case the bad breath is due to some medical conditions, consult a doctor as it might stop once the condition is cured. Also, keep in mind that these are not permanent fixes for bad breath, but they do provide a quick way for you to start benefiting from fresher breath almost instantly.

Use these remedies at least twice a day for good results. Maintaining a proper hygiene by brushing twice a day in addition to these remedies is necessary. In case you have a problem chewing fennel, cloves or cinnamon, gather their essence by boiling them in a cup of water for around five minutes, strain and then drink the essence. Stay confident!

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