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Cure your halitosis with these natural remedies

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Do you feel like no matter how many times you brush your teeth, or how many mints you pop, your breath can clear a room? Halitosis, or bad breath, plagues more people than you might imagine, but luckily there are natural remedies that can help combat this issue.

pomegranate natural remedy to cure bad breath halitosisPomegranate

Pomegranate can treat bad breath in two different ways: as a drink or a rinse. For both remedies, you’ll need to let the peel of a pomegranate dry out (set it in the sun for the rinse and in the shade for the drink). For the rinse, you’ll take the dried out peel and let it soak in boiling water. Once the water cools down, it can be swished around in the mouth to battle halitosis. This is also a great remedy if you are suffering from canker sores.

If you’d like to try the pomegranate drink, take the dried out peel and toss it into a food processor until it’s a powder. Then, you’ll scoop about three grams into a glass of water – hot or cold.

Lemon and ginger

Lemon and ginger can be combined with warm water to make a mixture to be used in the morning and evening. You can mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and ginger juice into a glass of water and simply rinse. Either of these ingredients on their own can also be effective to battle bad breath, but combining them can be great for sufferers of chronic cases.


Parsley

Parsley is a great herb to get rid of stinky breath – why do you think restaurants put a sprig on your plate? You can simply chew on the sprig, or boil it in water for a drink. For the rinse, boil two cups of water and then add a few sprigs of fresh parsley. While this is cooling, you can add cloves and stir. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes and then use it to rinse or gargle.

The best cure for halitosis is maintaining a healthy mouth by brushing, flossing and using alcohol free mouthwash. By cleaning your entire mouth every day – this means your tongue too – you’ll get rid of the bacteria that causes smelly breath. 

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Cigarettes Cause the Worst Bad Breath

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

According to studies, researchers found that people said that least desirable breath smell in a kissing partner was cigarette breath.  Also, the survey found that 70% of people said they don’t even want to talk to someone who has just smoked a cigarette.

Cigarettes ranked higher than garlic, Marmite, onions, beer, pickled onions, fish, curry, coffee and unbrushed teeth as the least desirable breath smell.  One of the researchers discussed how much of a big deal halitosis was in dealing with personal situations.  The researcher also mentioned that bad breath (i.e. garlic breath) may make a difference in whether or not a person lands a job.

Also, only 40% of people were brave enough to tell someone else that they had bad breath.

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Black Garlic = No Bad Breath?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

black garlic

This product may taste like garlic, but allegedly, the ones consuming this food do not suffer from bad breath.  “Black garlic” is created by fermenting a garlic bulb in high temperature for about a month.  On the outside, it looks like a normal garlic bulb with the same papery skin.  On the inside, it appears to be black with a softer texture.

It is often used in fish dishes, and is popular because it is not as potent as conventional garlic. 

The downfall is that it costs quite a bit more to buy these bulbs than it does to purchase regular bulbs in supermarkets.  However, no one likes halitosis, and this may be an answer for those who like food with garlic but not the smelly consequences!

Source: Telegraph

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Gum Disease (One of the Major Causes of Bad Breath) Myths

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

gum disease myths

Many people fail to treat gum disease, even though it can cause severe damage if left untreated.  This is probably because most people fail to understand how serious gum/periodontal disease can be.   Statistics say that around 75%-80% of people have a for of gum disease, ranging from mild to severe. 

Here are some common MYTHS that you need to discard:

1.  Bleeding gums are not a big deal.  FALSE!  Many gum symptoms (i.e. bleeding/receding/red/swollen gums/bad breath) are all key signs that you might have periodontal disease.  If you notice that certain foods, flossing, and/or brushing can cause your gums to bleed, it’s best that you go to the dentist and get a diagnosis.  Gum disease not only can lead to tooth decay and loss, but it may help instigate disease in the heart, diabetes, and so on.  It may also be a sign of other serious issues in your body!

2.  Flossing every day is not important.  FALSE!  A good oral hygiene regimen requires that you floss on a daily basis as one of the main ways, besides brushing, to prevent gum disease.  Allegedly, only 13.5% of Americans floss that often.  Not a good sign! 

3.  Periodontist visits are intimidating, and they’ll pull your teeth if you go in for treatment.  FALSE!  Experts on gum disease have received specialized training to help with your dental problems– everything from the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of gum disease.  Also, technology and treatments are always improving, so visits are becoming more and more comfortable.  If you avoid gum disease treatment, the gums will continue to recede and you’ll lose your tooth naturally. 

4.  Once a tooth is lost from gum disease, you can’t get it back.  FALSE!  Gum disease may be one of the main causes of tooth loss in people over age 18, but periodontists are extremely knowledgeable in placing dental implants.  These are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth.   Dental implants have a 98% success rate, and according to surveys, over 70% of people are extremely satisfied with the results of their dental implants. 

5.  Practicing poor oral care is the only way to get gum problems.  FALSE!  Neglecting your oral hygiene can definitely be a reason for gum disease progression, but other important factors need to be acknowledged.  Tobacco use, stress, a poor diet, and even genetics can alter how your body reacts to bacteria in the oral cavity. 

6.  Gum disease gets better on its own.   FALSE!  With the right care, it may clear up eventually, but it is an infection that needs immediate attention.  Just imagine if you had these open sores on your skin–just because it is in your mouth doesn’t mean you can ignore it.

7.  Bleeding gums are normal.  FALSE!  There is a reason as to why your gums are bleeding.  It does happen to almost everyone, but there has to be an actual injury to the gums causing them to bleed.

So, all in all, these statements are NOT true, and gum disease is something that you need to treat ASAP. 

Source:  The Mouth Doctor, Perio

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Foods That Will Help Bad Breath

Monday, March 15th, 2010

cinnamon bad breath

Some foods that are notorious for causing halitosis are garlic, onions, curry, fish and cheese.  Therefore, you’re going to want to freshen your mouth after eating these.  You also need to freshen your mouth once every 30-60 minutes until the breath offending-food is out of your bloodstream- sometimes this takes up to 24 hours!  It isn’t a good idea to brush your teeth that often, so trying some foods that banish halitosis may be just what the dentist ordered.

Foods that can fix bad breath:

1) Lemons- These are easy to find in restaurants, bars, etc.  Lemon-flavored candies can work as well as normal lemons, and are more easily portable.

2) Green garnishes (i.e. parsley, basil, and rosemary) - A garnish doesn’t always just serve as a decoration.  The meals that have garnish often have a lot of onions and garlic–thus needing a breath freshener afterward.  If you chew on a parsley’s sprigs, it releases breath-freshening oils. 

3)  Crisp and fresh foods like apples, firm pears, carrots, jicama are all high in fiber, plus chewing bumps up the productive of saliva (functions like a scrubbing rinse inside the oral cavity). 

4) Crunchy spices like anise, coriander, cardamom, and fennel seeds are available in many grocery stores.  Try getting these spices, mixing equal parts together in a covered bowl, and keep them around for mealtime.  If you chew on a few seeds here and there, enough oil should be released to freshen your breath after eating.  They taste good, as well.

5)  Mint sprigs/cinnamon sticks (cinnamon/mint gum, etc.)- These especially help against onion and garlic.  Cinnamon, with its essential oils, also helps kill various types of oral bacteria.  Gum without sugar is less likely to cause cavities and fuel the bad breath-causing bacteria. 

6) Berries/yogurt- Eat these foods to prevent bad breath…if you eat half of one cup of plain and sugarless yogurt twice a day, this can lower the levels of hydrogen sulfide in your mouth.  The same goes with berries, melons, oranges, and other foods high in Vitamin C- they help kill smelly bacteria in the oral cavity.  Try having a cup of fruit with yogurt twice a day, and this should help get rid of the bad breath.

Last but not least, practice good oral care, and this will decrease your “Real Age” as much as 6.4 years!

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