Thursday, February 23, 2012

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bad Breath in Mouth

Halitosis is a vastly annoying complaint and often linked with poor oral hygiene or gum disease. As per Institute of Dental Research, approximately 65 million American Adults suffer from the condition at some point in their lives. Epidmeological estimates are indicative of a high prevelence of moderate form , while exteremely severe forms of the condition affect about 2-5% of general population. While there are several causes, both local and systemic, that are linked with the condition, there are certain tips that can help get rid of the condition at home. Experts recommend not to ignore bad breath and visit a physician or a dentist if the condition persists. 

Bad Breath is a common
What is Halitosis?

The oral cavity is home to several hundred species of bacteria, which thrive on remenants of food left behind in the mouth. An overgrowth of anaerobic gram negative bacteria, which thrive on protiens, along the crevices of the tongue, can result in increased production of volatile sulfur compounds. Release of these odoriferous by-products of metabolism in exhaled air results in oral malodor.

In the simplest of cases, bad breath can be traced to eating foods that have lingering odors, such as garlic, onions and anchovies. Smoking and drinking alcohol are significant causes as well.

What Causes Bad Breath?

In addition to the foods, there are a host of other factors that cause this condition. Occasionally the condition may be linked to an underlying medical condition as the cause and can become a chronic.
  • The condition occurs due to the multiplication of odor-producing bacteria in the mouth. If the mouth remains dry, more bacteria thrive.
  • Any disorder that decreases the synthesis of saliva in the mouth lead to this condition; common causes include: breathing through the mouth, advancing age, and following crash diets (where you eat less and thus produce less saliva).
  • Certain drugs and medicines also trigger offensive breath.
  • Poor oral hygiene is the most noteworthy cause. Bacteria tend to accumulate between the teeth and on the tongue, where there is food debris.
  • Gum diseases are another important cause. Often the condition is associated with tooth pain
  • Chronic, persistent sinus infection sets off the condition as well.
  • Poor digestion or frequent indigestion has also been linked to the condition.
Home Remedies to Get Rid Of Halitosis

Here are some simple home remedies, foods and tips to get rid of the condition,
  • Fennel seeds: munch on a spoonful of fennel seeds after every meal. Not only does fennel freshen the breath, it also perks up digestion.
  • Spirulina Tablets can help
    treat bad breath
  • Spirulina and apple juice: mix spirulina along with some apple juice; use this as a mouth wash everyday for about a month. This blend may be drunk as well.
  • Parsley: parsley is a powerful breath freshener. It detoxifies odors and also boosts digestion appreciably. Chew on a sprig of parsley after every meal.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal, and floss the teeth once every day. In case you cannot brush, rinse the mouth well.
  • Avoid strong smelling foods, and quit smoking.
  • Treating sinus infections, bleeding gums, constipation and indigestion immediately.
How to Prevent Bad Breath Naturally
In case the bad breath perseveres, in spite of trying all the possible home remedies and natural cures, it is vital that you consult a dentist. Your dentist will try to ascertain if there is an underlying gum disease that is causing halitosis and treat it accordingly. A medical checkup will also help find out if sinusitis, dyspepsia, heartburn or some other medical condition is responsible.
  • Make sure that you follow strict dental and oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, gargling and cleaning the tongue are crucial aspects of oral care. Ensure that the toothbrush remains bacteria free by storing it in grapefruit seed extract. Rinse the toothbrush well before using it.
  • It is important to have good bowel movement. Constipation and poor digestion are huge contributing factors. Thus, drink at least 2 liters of water daily and consume 3 to 5 dates every night. This promises to keep the bowels functioning optimally.
  • Rinse your mouth with peppermint essential oil. Add 2 to 3 drops of the essential oil to a glass of water; and use this mouth wash once daily as a preventive.

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