Place your hand near your mouth, open your mouth and breathe out…. What do you smell? Bad breath? If your answer is yes, then it’s about time that you do something about it, before someone gets critical enough to say that to your face.
Bad breath can put you in very embarrassing situations and can negatively influence your social life, your career and your intimate relationship. John Woodall, DDS, in Raleigh, North Carolina says, “Certainly bad breath can ruin relationships.”
We all love to look good, we focus on dressing up nicely and smelling great but we totally neglect our oral health, which leads to bad breath most of the times and spoils our entire impression.
Usually bad breath is caused by the bacteria forming in the mouth, which is also responsible for causing inflammation. Studies reveal that 80% of the bad breaths take place due to some oral factors such as, gum disease, cavities, unclean dentures, food particles trapped in tonsils and cracked fillings. Conditions like acid reflux, respiratory tract infections, liver disease and diabetes can also contribute to bad breath.
Another way you can check your breath is by licking the backside of your hand with your tongue, after 3 seconds smell it. You can also smell your floss. If it smells bad then you need to follow these remedies:
Salt or Lemon Rinse
Salt rinse is the oldest and one of the most effective remedies for curing bad breath. Not only it kills the bacteria in the mouth but it is beneficial for curing gum infections. All you require, to make this natural mouth wash is half cup of warm water and ½ teaspoon of salt, mix them well until it becomes a clear solution and rinse your mouth with it before going to bed. Within a few days you will find your gums turning more pink, showing a sign of good oral health. This will also help you get rid of the bad breath.
You can also substitute lemon with salt to make this mouth wash. Lemon inhibits bacteria formation in the gums and tongue.
You may have heard of baking powder as an effective teeth whitener. Good news is that it is also effective for curing bad breath. You can either use a toothpaste containing baking soda or dissolve some baking soda in warm water and gargle with this solution. Baking soda halts odor causing bacteria formation in the mouth.
Sun Flower Seeds and Mint leaves
Sun flower seeds and mint leaves work in two ways, first they help cleanse the mouth and second they spread fresh scent in the mouth. You can either chew on fresh mint leaves or eat some sunflower seeds with a glass of water, both will remove away the bad breath from your mouth.
Yogurt contains probiotics like acidophilus, which are very beneficial for removing bad breath. Yogurt, rich in good bacteria cures bad breath in few seconds, but make sure you consume it every day. It also stops the growth of odor causing bacteria.
Stay away from Sugar
Do not take foods containing refined sugar as they cause cavities and leave a bad breath in your mouth. Avoid eating candies, cookies and other sweet treats containing sugar. You can use brown sugar instead.
Drink water or Pineapple Juice
Can there be a more simple way to cure bad breath than water? Water helps keep your mouth and stomach hydrated, which prevents bacteria formation and as a result you do not develop bad breath.
Pineapple juice is also very effective, because of its high acidic content it keeps the bacteria away from your gums and tongue. Unsweetened tea when consumed hot can also be of great help.
An herb called fenugreek is also a good remedy for bad breath. Take 1teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and simmer in 2 cups of water for15 minutes. Strain this tea before consumption.
If constipation is your problem then there are chances that you might have a bad breath. Regular bowl movements are a must for curing bad breath. Take foods high in fiber and exercise regularly to prevent constipation.
Cloves and Cardamom
The aromatic seeds of cardamom are very helpful in keeping bad breath away. Cloves are equally good for removal of bad breath. Cloves can also protect you from toothaches, oral ulcers and sore gums.
Focus on Oral Hygiene
Maintaining your oral hygiene is the starting point to get rid of bad breath. Brush twice a day with toothpaste that doesn’t make the mouth dry. Floss is also very helpful in keeping bad breath away so floss your teeth after every meal.
Gargling with mouthwash can temporarily solve the problem but it is not effective for longer periods. It is better that you target the root of the problem. Also visit your dentist after every six months.