Bad breath is an embarrassing problem. A person with bad breath may be offensive without realizing it, as all the advertisements for breath mints, mouthwashes, and toothpastes are so quick to point out. In some cases, an unusual breath odor may be a sign of illness, such as a herpes infection of the mouth, diabetes, postnasal drip, tonsillitis, sinusitis, dental infection, strep throat, liver or kidney failure, or a lung abscess.
Most of the time, however, bad breath—medically termed halitosis—is not the result of any major health problem. It is usually related to poor oral hygiene or poor digestion, sometimes both.
Bad Breath Causes
Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by a variety of things including diet, medication, poor oral hygiene, and diseases or conditions such as diabetes, GERD, lactose intolerance, gum disease, and more. Treatment for bad breath depends on the cause
Bad Breath Symptoms
Many individuals with bad breath may be unaware they have it, or their symptoms may only be temporary. The odor often depends upon the source or underlying cause of the bad breath. Some common symptoms of bad breath include:
Bad breath smell,
Bad taste or taste changes,
Dry mouth, and
A coating on the tongue.
Home Remedies for Bad Breath
Rinse your mouth out with a little lemon or lime juice mixed with water.
Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth and after meals too. The tongue is like a lint catcher and it has to be cleaned off every so often to get that nice aroma to come through.
Chew on some fresh parsley or alfalfa, especially after eating garlic, onions, or fish. The chlorophyll in these two plants kills the offensive bacteria in your oral cavity.
Drink green tea. And it doesn't hurt to swish it around in your mouth before you swallow it: it will kill the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Avoid eating cheese, milk, products containing yeast, garlic, onions, and any other odorous food.
Drink plenty of water. The water flushes out the toxins in your body that keep coming through your pores, nose, and mouth. On top of that, water just keeps your mouth tissues moist so that you do not have dry mouth.
Are you constipated? That is not a dumb question. If you are constipated, then it is like having the sewage system back up at your house. We all know what that smells like. So take natural laxative like odorless, liquid aged garlic or aloe vera juice, and wait for your system to clear out, and your breath will smell a lot better.
Brush your teeth with herbs such as peppermint and sage.
Ways to Fight Against Bad Breath
Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal to remove food particle from the mouth.
When you are brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue. The tongue is covered with thousands of tiny hairs that can trap bacteria.
Have regular check-ups with your dentist to rule out gum disease and to correct any faulty restorations, overhanging fillings or leaking crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth.
Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless lozenges to increase the flow of saliva.
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