Having bad breath can be a nightmare, especially when breath spray doesn’t do the trick. You want to be comfortable talking to a stranger, your crush even just your friend without making them feel uncomfortable or you feeling self conscious. While it is always a good idea to see a dentist for correction of any issue with the mouth or teeth, there are certain home remedies you can employ.
Also known as halitosis, it occurs because sulfurated substances are present in the air that is coming from your mouth or nose. The most important part of fighting this condition is to identify its cause an treating it which will ultimately stop it. Several local infections are among the chief causes behind this dreaded condition. Infections of the mouth, throat, sinuses (also known as sinusitis) cause bad breath. Disorders of the bronchi and Constipation are also listed causes of halitosis.
However, sometimes a clear cause cannot be found and this is where home remedies become most helpful.
First thing to do is as simple as being meticulous with your oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth before going to bed. Brushing removes food that remains in the mouth which promotes growth of bacteria that cause mouth and gum infections leading to halitosis.
Brush the tongue from front to back with your toothbrush before going to bed as it removes traces of bacteria and food. Do not use toothpaste but you can rinse your tongue afterwards with water, antiseptic liquids or with an infusion of medicinal herbs.
Things to do
Water is life and in this case it does more than sustaining life. Keeping yourself hydrated helps in preventing odor causing bacteria from building up. Mild dehydration reduces the flow of saliva in the mouth and when the saliva in the mouth is little, chances of getting odorous breath are high. Increase your saliva flow by drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day to be well hydrated and by also chewing sugar free gum.
You can also try mouth rinses which are done with oral antiseptics that can be easily made at home. One such antiseptic is made by adding 3-4 drops of essential sage oil, essential tea tree oil and essential common thyme oil to a glass of water then using the mixture as a mouth rinse.If the essential oils listed above are inaccessible, then you can either chew or suck on a few accessible herbs.
- Fennel leaves
- Anise leaves
- Parsley leaves
- Chlorophyll tablets
- A piece of ginger root
- Clove (which is an oral antiseptic and also prevents inflammation)
Things to Avoid
- Avoid eating onion and garlic as these two by themselves have a bad smell.
- Avoid constipation by eating food rich in fiber like mangoes and other fruits and vegetables, as constipation can lead to halitosis of the breath.
- Try to reduce or eliminate taking coffee, alcoholic beverages and smoking tobacco.
Bad breath does not have to be the end of life or having fun or being social. A combination of the above remedies can work for anyone as long as the things to avoid list is not ignored.