How to get rid of bad breath

How to get rid of bad breath

If you are afraid to open your mouth in a company, because you know that your breath does not smell nice, it is time to find a suitable solution. Usually, bad breath can be eliminated with proper oral hygiene, which means brushing your teeth regularly. But if you have been living with this problem for a long time, then analyze your diet first.

What is the most common cause of bad breath?

Our mouths are naturally inhabited by many bacteria and they are the main cause of bad breath (in 90-95% of cases).

If food debris remains stuck between the teeth, the process of decay under the action of these bacteria begins. As by-products, sulfur gases with a strong odor appear, which create an unpleasant odor. That is why it is important that in addition to brushing your teeth, you also use floss to clean the space between your teeth. And since the remains of food remain on the tongue, the tongue should be washed well during brushing.

Some products dry out the mouth and thus make it impossible for saliva to clean the oral cavity. Precisely due to the reduced secretion of saliva during sleep, the characteristic unpleasant odor from the mouth usually occurs in the morning. The morning breath, fortunately, disappears soon after brushing your teeth.

Gum disease, tooth decay, and poor oral hygiene can also be causes of bad breath (halitosis). Bacteria in this case destroy the gum tissue, and bad breath disappears when the disease is cured.

Bad breath can be a symptom of certain serious diseases of the lungs, liver, and kidneys, and inflammation of the throat and sinuses will almost certainly lead to its appearance.

How to get rid of bad breath?

Solution: Reduce the number of microorganisms in the mouth by using rinsing water that contains plants with antiseptic action - cloves, basil, rosemary, or thyme.

Recipes for mouthwashes

Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of the plant of your choice (you can combine them), pour two cups of hot water over them, and wait for twenty minutes. Rinse mouth and throat twice daily.

You can also add two drops of tea tree oil (antiseptic) to the top of the paste that you squeezed on the brush and clean your teeth and tongue with this mass. This successfully replaces the rinse aid.

If bad breath is still a problem, eliminate it with rinsing waters that contain zinc and sodium chlorite. Reduce the use of coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes, which dry out the mouth during the day and create conditions for the increased action of bacteria in the oral cavity.

And junk food creates bad breath

Consuming unhealthy fast food can disrupt the natural detoxification process in the liver. If the liver is overloaded, then these toxins are retained in the body and consequently emit gases into the bloodstream, which then reach the lungs and the external environment. Bad breath can also be the result of bacteria that feed on sugar.

Solution: For starters, limit the number of processed foods and sugars in your diet. Eat green leafy vegetables, primrose, and celery, because they contain chlorophyll, which accelerates the detoxification process. Then drink a glass of water with lemon. 

Water flushes out toxins, and lemon stimulates the liver to produce bile, which facilitates digestion. Reduce the presence of bacteria in your mouth by eating foods rich in zinc (antibacterial) or vitamin C, such as citrus fruits. (Read also: Why should we eat at least one orange every day?)

What if bad breath is the result of indigestion?

Just as you can tell by the smell that food spoils in the refrigerator, so undigested food in the digestive tract creates unpleasant-smelling gases, which are often released through the mouth.

Solution: Digestive enzymes help digest food more efficiently, and prevent it from being retained in the digestive system. The best preparations from this category are those of natural plant origin and broad-spectrum probiotics. Or take probiotics that stimulate the work of the stomach (bacterial) flora, and also facilitate digestion (look for the label: 20 billion probiotics, combined strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria). 

Proven to be the best natural remedies for removing bad breath, due to its antibacterial action, are primrose, anise, cloves, anise, and mint. You can chew a few spice and anise seeds before or after a meal. Both herbs make digestion easier and prevent or eliminate gas. Also, it helps some people to take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar fifteen minutes before a meal. 

Vinegar mimics the action of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) which facilitates the digestion of proteins.
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