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Pregnancy and Bad Breath

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

pregnancy bad breath

Bad breath is a dilemma that is even more common in pregnant women. The hormonal changes encountered in women who are expecting make her dental condition weaker, thus making her more susceptible to halitosis. Not all pregnant women have this problem, but the percentage is definitely higher.

There are many tips out there for pregnant women to take heed to, and one of them might be to increase the calcium intake because calcium deficiency often happens in pregnant women. Calcium supplements may be recommended for both during and after pregnancy because it makes the teeth stronger and prevents other oral problems like gum disease and bad breath. Since women should not take in any chemicals that could endanger a baby’s health, it is especially hard to treat conditions like gingivitis during pregnancy.

Also, since pregnant women should not use most mouthwashes because of the chemical content, they need to find other ways to treat halitosis. Herbal alternatives may be recommended for preventing the anaerobic bacteria that causes bad breath during pregnancy. Some herbal cures may include lemon oil, peppermint oil, or lime oil for starters. Also, expecting mothers can try gargling water with salt and drinking fresh lemon juice to prevent bad breath.

If one goes through the efforts of trying these herbal cures and practicing good oral hygiene, she should be able to get rid of bad breath quickly. Not all problems can be solved with a store-bought medication, so it’s worthwhile to look at the natural alternatives. Also, one should make sure she does not have another underlying medical condition that causes the bad breath, so she should schedule checkups with her doctor if she is having persistent halitosis. This is the best way to keep expecting moms and their babies healthy.

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Bad Breath Herbal Remedies

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Before chewing gum and mouthwash existed, many people around the world used herbs to stop bad breath (halitosis).  This is because herbs are known for their strong aromas and flavors; thus, people thought it was bound to stop halitosis and awful tastes in their mouth.  According to scientific research, herbs also control oral bacteria, which in turn leads to healthier gums, teeth, and tissues.  The people using the herbs most likely did not know this information back then.

Many mouthwashes that first came on the market used herbal remedies in their formulas.  Some mouthwashes today are herbal remedies for bad breath, using ingredients like menthol (from a mint plant); eucalyptol ( from a eucalyptus tree); methyl salicylate (wintergreen); and thymol (thyme).  The antiseptic properties of these herbs also aid in cleaning the mouth, which can prevent bad breath from returning.

Another herbal remedy for bad breath is chlorophyll (a molecule that is created when green plants absorb light to turn it into energy), because it can absorb bad odors rather effectively.  This is why plants that have a high amount of chlorophyll, like parsley, vegetables, and algae, can be a good solution to bad breath.  Cloves and peppermint are also popular and safe herbal remedies for halitosis.

Sage, dill, and cardamom can be used to get rid of bad breath, but it is best to do research since some plants can be toxic when used in certain ways, like being put directly into your mouth.  It is best to consult with an expert on herbal remedies before mixing various plants to fight bad breath as well.

In an undiluted state, a smaller amount of herbs can go a longer way than the diluted ones used in mouthwash liquid formulas.