Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem to have and can leave you avoiding social situations. This kind of condition can cause plenty of paranoia and anxiety. Medically known as halitosis, bad breath can fortunately be treated. To counteract bad breath, we must adopt certain habits and oral care products every day that will prevent the bacteria causing bad breath from proliferating in the mouth.
Natural remedies for bad breath
Water: Bad breath can sometimes be caused by dry mouth. Dry mouth is fertile ground for the bacteria that cause bad breath. Keeping hydrated can help combat this issue. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take regular sips. Water can dislodge smelly foods from your mouth and teeth. The bacteria will be dislodged temporarily and your breath will be less potent.
Peppermint: Peppermint gum can help alleviate bad breath, but you can also go straight to the source and use peppermint essential oil. try 1 or 2 drops of this essential oil deposited on the tongue.
*Caution: Taken in large quantities, the essential oil of peppermint may cause digestive disorders.
Fennel: Fennel has antimicrobial properties and has a pleasant aroma, so it is a great ally to combat bad breath naturally and almost immediately at any time of the day. Chew a pinch of fennel seeds after meals or when needed to counteract bad breath.
Anise Seeds: Anise, whose flavour is reminiscent of black liquorice, can destroy bacteria on the tongue. Anise seeds’ strong aroma with antibacterial property makes them a highly effective breath freshener. You can either chew on them or soak them in some boiling water to use as a natural mouthwash.
Parsley: Parsley is not simply a garnish for your food. It contains chlorophyll which has germ-fighting qualities. Next time you find parsley on your food, save it for the end of your meal to use as an excellent breath freshener.
Citrus Fruits: Fruits like orange and grapefruit can help stimulate your salivary glands. Saliva neutralizes the acids produced by plaque and can also help remove dead cells and food particles that accumulate in the mouth. The result: fresher breath.
Other ways to beat bad breath
Quit smoking: Smoking is infamous for causing bad breath – even menthol cigarettes. If you are a smoker, consider kicking the habit. Not only will your breath be fresher, but your overall health will improve too!
Coffee: We’ve all been met by that foul coffee breath at some point. Try switching coffee to tea, or better yet, warm water with lemon. This will help to improve your breath.
Dental hygiene: Practicing good dental hygiene will help to improve your breath. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will certainly help. Use a mouthwash as the final step in your oral hygiene routine for extra protection.
Chewing gum: mints and chewing gum are the old trusty method for beating bad breath on the go. But make sure that the gum you are choosing is sugar free. Sugar from certain mints can ferment in your mouth and actually worsen the situation!
If none of these methods are working for you, we suggest making an appointment with your dentist. Sometimes bad breath can be caused by dental decay, gum disease or other underlying conditions. Your dentist will be able to help screen you for any issues and treat them if any are found to be present. If you have any doubt regarding your oral health or halitosis is getting the better of you, make an appointment with you dentist at your soonest convenience.