Natural Cures and Solutions for Bad Breath
Bad breath or halitosis is a problem that afflicts not only those who suffer from the condition, but also those around the sufferer, and can result in awkward and embarrassing situations.
The main causes of bad breath are the bacteria that live in your mouth, or other external factors, but it can also be an indication of disease or an underlying health condition. In this OneHowTo article, we explain how to get rid of bad breath with home remedies.
The key to avoiding halitosis or bad breath is to ensure good oral hygiene. Therefore, first and foremost its essential to brush your teeth thoroughly and regularly including after meals, and also to use an antiseptic mouthwash.
Its possible to prepare your own homemade mouthwash using baking powder (bicarbonate of soda) and dissolving it in water. This natural remedy will be very effective in preventing and eliminating bad odors in the mouth.
Drinking a herbal infusion after eating can also help fight bad breath; a good example is to make a tea with a spoonful of peppermint. If you don't like peppermint tea, then cinnamon, ginger, thyme and anise or aniseed are also very effective herbs to add to your tea to get rid of halitosis.
Chlorophyll is very effective at eliminating halitosis. This is thanks not only to its agreeable odor but also to the fact that it neutralizes body acid and fights external bacteria. Chlorophyll is the stuff that makes leaves green, so anything leafy and green will contain a decent amount - broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, and spinach are all good, and have plenty of other benefits too!
Parsley is another good home remedy for bad breath. The reason parsley in particular is effective isbecause it acts as an antibiotic, therefore eliminating the bacteria in the mouth. Besides adding it at meal times, it can be taken along with citrus juices to reduce the strength of the flavour.
For more information about oral health and hygiene, and more home remedies to improve oral health, please have a look at our Dental Health section. Let us know your own remedies for bad breath in the comments!
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