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More Natural Bad Breath Cures

Friday, January 29th, 2010

natural bad breath cure

There are many natural bad breath cures which we have discussed so far, and there’s still plenty more to be discovered. Halitosis is common, and the cause of it may not always lie in the oral cavity, but it can also stem from the upper airways, lower airways, and the alimentary canal. Bad breath can also be caused by kidney problems, leftover food particles, poor dental hygiene, smoking, teeth/gum infections, diabetes, and haital hernia.

Bad Breath Natural Cures:

  1. Fenugreek herbal tea is usually available in stores, or it can be homemade using fenugreek seeds.  One should regularly drink this.
  2. Chew raw green guava up to twice a day to help bad breath.
  3. Herbal mouthwash can be made by taking 2 cups of water with some shredded parsley twigs, 2-3 full cloves (crushed into fine powder), mixing these ingredients well.  Feel free to rinse your mouth 3-4 times a day.
  4. Green cardamom can be chewed after having meals.
  5. Allegedly, yoga can help halitosis.  Practice pranayam 30 minutes every day.
  6. Focus your diet more on fruits and vegetables, both improving your oral health and digestive system.
  7. Rinse and gargle with baking power mixed with water.
  8. Mix one teaspoon of honey with lemon juice, and have this mixture every morning and/or afternoon.
  9. 2-3 drops of oregano oil in water, drank 2-3 times a day can do the trick sometimes.
  10. Chew two mint leaves after every few hours.
  11. Thymol and eucalyptol also can cure bad breath.
  12. Eat more foods that rank high in Vitamin C.

Also, don’t forget practicing good oral hygiene, and brushing your teeth after every snack/meal!

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Anorexia, Your Diet, and Bad Breath

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

breakfast

Next time you think about skipping breakfast in the morning, think about the consequences it may have on your breath!   This is one cause of bad breath that is easy to overcome.  If you miss breakfast for whatever reason, or if you are anorexic, you extend your morning breath until you eat something.  Why does this happen?  When you are sleeping, your brain knows that you will not be eating.  Your brain in turn slows down saliva production.  Saliva has a high concentration of oxygen (which is a natural enemy of bad breath and gum disease-causing bacteria), the lack of saliva makes it easier for the bacteria to reproduce.  As soon as you eat something in the morning, the salivary glands kick in and provide oxygen-rich saliva to dissipate morning breath. 

If one does not drink enough fluids, he or she may have halitosis from dry mouth. Also, there is also something called “hunger breath”, which is caused by ketosis, a medical condition in which the body starts breaking down fat if the person is not consuming enough calories.  Ketones are produced in ketosis, and if there are large amounts of ketones being produced, the acidity of the blood can be increased.  In turn, the body tries to lower the pH by ridding itself of the ketones in the lungs and urine, thus causing bad breath.  In a low-carb diet, this is actually the main principle, since the body is tricked into thinking it is undergoing famine, even if the person is continuing the same calorie intake.  Often times, people who are on extreme diets like high protein, low-carbohydrate or have eating disorder problems have chronic bad breath.  The food that you eat can affect your breath, at least for a short time, especially if you eat foods with garlic, onions and curry.

Most of the time, sulfur compounds created by oral bacteria when food is broken down in the mouth cause halitosis.  People who have dental plague have even more of these bacteria.  If one has a gum infection (periodontal disease, etc.) , sinus infection, or tonsilitis, he or she is much more likely to have bacteria causing a bad smell.  Dry mouth causes bad breath because there is less saliva in the mouth to wash the bacteria away. 

Of course, there are many other causes of bad breath, but some of the aforementioned causes can be overlooked sometimes.  All in all, the smell of your breath can be determined by how healthy you are, and not just your oral hygiene.  Drink plenty of water in order to keep your mouth moist, don’t miss breakfast, and practice proper oral hygiene on a daily basis.

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