No one likes having bad breath (halitosis) or smelling it on someone else. Halitosis comes from the Latin word “halitus,” meaning breath. As you probably know by now, if we do not care for our teeth and gums properly, bacteria will grow and cause problems like tooth decay.
Finding the correct bad breath/halitosis cure for you may not be easy, because there are a plethora of causes that need different solutions. There are a variety of causes…everything from rotten food inside the mouth, lung abscess during bronchitis, poor digestion, and other medical conditions.
Saliva is the body’s natural defense against dry mouth and oral malodor. Saliva helps balance the good and bad bacterias by getting rid of food debris and other unwanted objects that can create foul-smelling compounds. Saliva is the easiest cure to bad breath. Morning breath is usually caused by the low production of saliva, so eating breakfast is important to get the salivary glands working in the morning.
Also, there are many foods (onions, coffee, and garlic) and excessive spices that can cause bad breath. Some of these edibles can take up to 72 hours after digestion before one can smell them on someone’s breath.
Here are some common pointers to avoid halitosis:
- Brushing regularly
- Flossing/using mouthwash
- Getting a dental checkup at least 2X/year
- Chewing sugar-free gum to moisten the mouth
- Eating fresh/fibrous vegetables
- Drinking lots of water and other fluids (excluding sugar-added drinks)
- Avoiding alcoholic beverages
- Trying natural remedies like green cardamom, baking soda, and parsley/mint garnishes.