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How to stop bad breath? Natural ways to reduce bad breath from mouth

BY: Jessica | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-08-08
 



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Bad breath is a common problem among many of us. Although it is mostly happens due to the kind of food we eat, our dental hygiene habits and sometimes due to diseases like gum disease or intestine infection. If you think that your bad breath is not related to eating "odor emitting foods" and it has lasted for more than a few days even though you have been brushing well, then its always a good idea to visit your doctor or a dentist in that case. Bad breath is the common name for the medical condition known as "halitosis".

If you think that you have a bad breath, then the person sitting next to you can certainly smelly you with a much higher intensity. In this article I will concenerate mainly on natural ways to reduce your bad breath and some tips for a better dental hygene (like brushing) which help significantly to stop or atleast reduce bad breath.

DENTAL HYGENE


1. IMPROVE YOUR BRUSHING SKILLS AND FREQUENCY:
Taking a lot of toothpaste and generating lot of bubbles is not necessarily the right way to brush. You should brush in a manner that the head of your toothbrush rotates a bit and cleans deeper parts of the tooth as well. Open your jaw wide enough so that your toothbrush can reach all sections of your teeth, throughout the jaw. Always use a toothbrush which have a slightly bend upper part, This helps a better maneuvering of your toothbrush and easily access tough to reach sections in your mouth. Change your tooth brush every 2-3 months even if it does not look old. Brush atleast twice a day and possibly after each meal. Good brushing skills are a key for reducing bad breath.

2. USE A MOUTHWASH:
A good mouthwash like 'Listerine' really help to kill germs, especially those sitting between the walls of your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Swish or gargle with a mouthwash for about 30 seconds, then spit it out. Apart from killing bacteria these mouthwashes are equipped with ingredients that reduce bad breath. I like to use a mouthwash just before brushing.

3. DENTAL FLOSS:
Many medical experts say that using dental floss is even more important than brushing, (not sure about that) but dental floss is extremely helpful to remove food pieces which get stuck whie we eat. Even if we do not realize, these food particles almost always find their way between the teeth. Some of them are neutralized by sliva, some are removed while brushing but many others are not able to find their way out.Then decay and provide an excellent place for bacteria to grow and produce bad breath. Flossing is a vital tool to stop bad breath.

4. BRUSH / CLEAN YOUR TONGUE:
Many people ignore cleaning their tongue while brushing. Our tasting buds and tiny projections inside our tongue can actually hold a lot of creamy food. This is an excellent place for plague and bacteria that can be the cause of your bad breath. Simply use your regular brush to wipe your tongue gently and then spit out.

5. CLEAN YOUR DENTURES WELL:
If you do wear dentures, then clean them well atleast twice a day or as directed by yur dentist.

BAD BREATH CAUSING FOODS


6. OMIT GARLIC AND REDUCE USE ONION IN FOOD:
Both garlic and onions are the number one source of bad breath. Although both onions and garlics are good for health, they leave us with a nasty bad breath. You can alternatively try using odor less garlic paste/powder which is often available in grocery stores. Regarding onion, you can keep some cut onion in the fridge, soaked in water for a few hours before cooking or eating, this will reduce it's odor emitting problem.

7. LEAVE TUNA ( or other smelly seafood):
Certain sea foods like tuna can be quite smelly, these foods can continue to emit bad odor for a long time. Even if you are a tuna fan, avoid eating tuna if you will be interacting with others in a few hours time.

8. STOP SMOKING / TOBACCO USE:
People who do not smoke cannot withstand the stinky smell of cigarette smoke. Smokers may not realize but bad breath from smoking can last for quite a while.

9. SOME MEATS LEAVE A MUCH WORSE ODOR:
Meats can often leave bad breath for quite sometime. This is mainly because of the digestive process of our body. Foods like spicy Indian food curry and Chinese foods can also leave bad breath that can last for a few hours.

10. REDUCE CHEESE INTAKE OF CERTAIN TYPES:
Cheeses, such as blue, Camembert and Roquefor can also leave bad odor in the mouth. Try other types of cheese.

11. ALCOHOL:
Alcohol consumption causes dehydration and digestive problems which leads to bad breath.

12. LACTOSE OR MILK INTOLERANCE:
People who have lactose intolerance can have bad breath every time they drink milk.

13. EXCESSIVE TEA / COFFEE:
Since they drinks are acidic in nature, consumption of excessive tea or coffee can also lead to bad breath.

BODY CONDITIONS MAY CAUSE BAD BREATH


14. SINUS OR THROAT INFECTIONS:
Sinus, tonsil infections and allergies can also contribute towards bad breath. This is because of the bacteria causing the infection.

15. STRESS:
Even though it does not cause bad breath directly, but production of digestive enzymes in a stressed person is fairly low. This causes bad breath coming directly from the belly into the mouth.

16. VITAMIN DEFICIENCY:
Deficiency of vitamins like A, C and B complex can also lead to bad breath. Try taking a multivitamin daily.

NATURAL TREATMENTS AND REDUCING BAD BREATH


17. HERBAL TREATMENTS FOR BAD BREATH:
Chewing anise, cardamom and fennel seeds are good suppressants of bad breath odor. Alfalfa tablets, Cloves, Cinnamon, Lemon, Tea tree oil, Peppermint and Mint are also some of the natural ways to reduce bad breath.

18. USE MINT FRESHENERS OR OTHER ODOR REDUCING SUPPLEMENTS:
There are several mint based mouth fresheners which suppress the bad breath odor for quite sometime. If nothing else, chewing gum (containing xylitol) can also reduce bad breath for a while in a natural way.

19. DRINK MORE WATER:
Drinking water regularly helps keep the bacteria in your mouth to a minimum. Swish your mouth with water often.

20. SCHEDULE REGULAR DENTAL CHECKUPS:
See your dentist twice a year to make sure that your bad breath is not related to some underlying dental problems.

Rarely, but liver or kidney problems, can cause bad breath. Good saliva flow cleanses the teeth and tissues, and is essential to keeping the mouth healthy and odor free.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am not a doctor or a dentist.

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