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Twelve Natural Ways to Fight Bad Breath

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We all have problems with bad breath from time to time. Halitosis or bad breath is a real problem for our interpersonal relationships; on the other hand, although embarrassing, bad breath is also a sign of certain health problems. Many of us experience “morning breath”, but the number of those who have chronic bad breath that continues throughout a day is getting higher.

The common cause of bad breath surely is poor oral health – cavities, cracked fillings, and improper cleansing of dentures.

The food we eat seems to be a problem as well, and we know that certain foods can affect our breath. Yes, the first that come to mind are garlic and onion. What should we do then? Should we continue eating them? Garlic and onion are some of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and the bad breath they cause is only temporary. The problem starts to get bigger when food particles are trapped in our mouth. If the food remains in the mouth, bacteria have a breeding ground to cause bad breath. These bacteria can also cause serious inflammation.

Another cause of bad breath can be xerostomia or dry mouth. Saliva is a natural mouthwash, and when our mouth is dry, saliva production decreases, impairing the mouth’s natural ability to clean itself.

That unpleasant odor can also be related to stomach, liver, and lung problems. Diabetes, chronic bronchitis, respiratory tract infections, constipation, and liver disease can contribute to bad breath.

When we face this kind of problem, we usually head straight to the pharmacy to get some artificial refreshing products. What we may not know is that these are usually toxic and can be carcinogenic. These products will only cover bad breath temporarily. Fortunately, you do not need those artificial mouthwashes when you can find a solution in nature that is both healthier and cheaper. These herbs contain aromatic phytonutrients that alkalize the saliva, and they are rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes.

Here are some herbs that can help “kill” bad breath.

Fennel seeds
These seeds are loaded with antioxidants that help ease bloating in the intestinal system. They immediately alkalize saliva and stop the overgrowth of the bad bacteria. After you eat them, your breath will have a pleasant odor. Moreover, fennel seeds are small and easy to carry with you.

Cloves
You can use cloves to make natural mouthwash. When you steep them in warm water, you will have an excellent antibacterial mouthwash that destroys bacteria successfully. Cloves contain a powerful antioxidant called eugenol, which has great anti-inflammatory abilities. Cloves can also help prevent inflammation.

Raw Food – Celery, Carrots, and Apples
Raw vegetables and fruits are very powerful because of the vitamins and minerals they contain. When cooked, they lose many of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities. Snacking on raw celery, carrots, and apples will keep plaque from forming. Eating these foods will also help scrape buildups that are responsible for bad breath. They will also help with the production of saliva that can fight bacteria.

Water
Lack of water in the organism will cause bad breath. Water helps ward off bacteria in the mouth. Clean, fluoride-free water is also responsible for the production of bacteria-fighting saliva. In order to thrive, bacteria need a low-oxygen environment, and saliva is full of oxygen. Thus water is necessary for fresh and bacteria-free breath. Saliva also helps stimulate the production of antibodies that neutralize the bacteria.

Peppermint and tea tree oil
Peppermint has great antibacterial properties, and leaves a great refreshing feeling. Tea tree oil is a very powerful fighter against bacteria and microbes. You can apply a few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil on the tongue or toothbrush to freshen the breath. These oils will kill bacteria in your mouth.

Baking soda
When the pH level (acidity) in the mouth is changed, the bacteria have a less friendly environment in which to grow. You can either put some baking soda on your toothbrush or buy toothpaste that has baking soda in it. You can even gargle with baking soda and warm water. Baking soda has been used for a very long time for oral health, and it will help get rid of bad breath. Using it is one of the easiest ways to kill the bacteria.

Herbs – Parsley, Mint, Tarragon, Eucalyptus, Coriander, and Basil
Food rich in vitamin C is always good for bad breath. These herbs help alkalize the saliva and prevent the growth of bacteria. Experiment with them to find which suits you the best.

Probiotics
If you have problems with your digestive system, there is a high probability that you will have problems with bad breath as well. The buildup of toxins in your body can cause bad breath. Eating probiotic-rich food, such as yogurt or kombucha tea, can help replace harmful microbes with beneficial bacteria.

Nettle tea
Nettle is a powerful plant; it can effectively purify the body and eliminate toxins from it. It also helps stimulate the lymphatic system and increase the excretion of uric acid through the kidneys. Drinking nettle tea can help remove the microbes and bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Food rich in zinc
Zinc is a mineral known for its antimicrobial properties. Moreover, zinc is great for the immune system and against inflammation. It can neutralize and eliminate harmful germs. Food rich in zinc, such as pumpkin, cacao, and organ meats, will certainly help with bad breath. One can also take supplements.

Liquid chlorophyll
Chlorophyll, a green pigment, allows plants to absorb energy from light; in a word, it is vital for photosynthesis. It acts as a deodorizer for the body and mouth, and it can neutralize harmful bacteria. Moreover, it helps with digestion, which therefore helps with bad breath. One can find liquid chlorophyll or chlorophyll tablets in drugstores.

Apple cider vinegar
A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water and drunk prior to eating can help with digestion. Because of its acidic properties, it will destroy harmful bacteria. One can also drink apple cider vinegar after the meal and gargle with a cup of water.

Other tips:

  • Good oral hygiene is the answer to bad breath.
  • Sugarless gum will increase the flow of saliva.
  • Sugary drinks will not help with bad breath.
  • Alcohol and cigarettes are great friends of bad breath.
  • Too much coffee will help the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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  • jo christy

    There is famous saying that “we are what we eat”. This one can be applied here too. Though the bad breath is an oral complication, it is associated with the food we eat. Avoiding the fast foods like Chinese noodles can help lot to tackle the bad breath. I too prefer to mouth wash after I consume anything. It not only stops the decay or formation of cavity, it also aids in avoiding the bad breath. Eating fast and processed foods can also cause constipation which can be very embarrassing to deal.

    • Tlaxcalli

      The problem is not really that simple. Chronic halitosis is much more insidious. What I eat makes little difference. I used to eat like crap and had normal breath. Now I eat much healthier and it is a nightmare.

  • daisayrose@gmail.com

    As jochristy said that diet can play major role in healthy life. Fast foods and processes foods take more time to digest as a result slower the metabolism. If we don’t control on our diet it may causes not only breath problem but also so many health problems. So always we need to be careful about diet for healthy life.

  • Jesika Mery

    Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

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  • bliffle

    Brush your tongue! Dead material sloughs off the tongue and rots, producing odors. Chew sugarless gum (creates saliva that washes bad stuff away to the stomach where it is consumed), especially trident Extra Care, which is hard to find because the Xylitol that replaces sugar causes dogs to get sick, so marketing seems to be restricted.