The cause of most bad breath is the bacteria in our mouth. While we cannot get rid of all the bacteria in our mouth (and we really don’t want to, there is some good it does us), we can reduce the amount of bacteria (and the waste products, which are the direct cause of bad breath).
Good oral hygiene is the first thing I recommend to anyone who has bad breath. Are you brushing your teeth after every meal? EVERY meal? Carry a toothbrush with you, or keep one in your desk, and use it after lunch as well. If you really want to eliminate bad breath, you are going to have to take some extraordinary measures. Brushing after lunch will help.
Flossing your teeth, and using mouthwash are also excellent ways to keep your mouth clean and fresh.
Here are some other ways to have a fresh smelling mouth. Some have found that chewing on mint leaves can freshen the breath. You can find lots of toothpastes, mouthwashes and even breath mints with this flavor – how about just using the leaf itself, without all the other stuff ?
Chewing on sunflower seeds, and then drinking some water, can also help clean your breath.
Parsley – the garnish we all push to the side and forget about. Parsley used to be served at the end of the meal, because it helped to eliminate food odors. So keep that parsley for the end of the meal, and nibble it down to help clean your breath. Who knows, it be a good conversation starter with your date!
Another herb you can chew on after a meal is clove. Cloves leave a fresh, invigorating taste in the mouth, and can leave your breath smelling fresh and interesting. You could also try chewing some cardamom seeds.
The solutions mentioned above all can help eliminate odors coming from the bacteria in your mouth, or from the food that may be left in your mouth after the meal. I would like to turn your attention now to foods themselves that can help in the battle against bad breath.
Lemon juice. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a glass and gargle with it during the day. Some lemon juice in water helps digestion (a potential cause of bad breath) and gives a refreshing taste to your water. Staying hydrated, and keeping your mouth moist, are also good ways to fight bad breath – your saliva has a natural odor fighting ability, and it helps to sweep out food particles, and bacteria, from your mouth and into the digestive tract, where they can be eliminated.
Herbal Teas, such as green tea, or tea made from Fenugreek (methi) seeds, aid digestion and help reduce bad breath. Use unsweetened teas – the sweeteners encourage bacteria.
Pineapple juice can mask the odors of bad breath. Another healthy remedy with many benefits to people with bad breath is eating an apple. An apple a day – apples remove bacteria, and their roughness helps clean the teeth and the tongue. Don’t forget that tongue!
The last home remedy I’m going to talk about in this article is baking soda. The reason baking soda is used in toothpastes is for it’s bacteria fighting abilities. You can gargle with baking soda in water, which helps clean the tongue and wash out bacteria, or you can make a paste of baking soda and water, and then put it on your toothbrush, and then brush your teeth, gums and tongue with it.
There are many home remedies that can cure bad breath, however, good oral hygiene is your first line of defense. Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to give you some tips and pointers on brushing, flossing and tongue scraping.
Try adding just one of these home remedies for curing bad breath today, try it for a week, and see what results you get. The important part is to do something different!