How to Cure and Prevent Bad Breath

It’s something we’re all self-conscious about, the reason we avoid ordering dishes with garlic on dates. Many wonder why their breath constantly smells. Chronic bad breath can be the product of poor dental hygiene and eating habits. I will give you simple tips to fight your bad breath down to the very source.

    Bacteria thrive in an unwashed mouth. Bad breath or halitosis is caused by the emission of foul, sulfur-like odors by bacteria in your mouth. That is why our morning breath reeks, because during the eight or so hours we sleep bacteria builds up. People with poor dental hygiene are prone to bad breath for that reason. Halitosis is also the symptom of various diseases like diabetes, liver disease, and bronchitis. Consult with a doctor and dentist to rule out those causes. Our diet also affects our breath, especially during digestion.

    The first steps are to analyze your dental habits to see what you may be lacking. Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal. Floss and rinse regularly to clean spaces that the brush cannot reach. Toothpaste does not always fully eliminate the smell so mouth rinse is a necessary supplement. It is also a good idea to replace your toothbrush every other month with a clean one. A tip that is not commonly heard is scraping your tongue every morning with a tongue scraper or a spoon to clean out the bacteria that grew overnight. If you are already doing all of these things the source of the problem may lie in your diet or other habits.

    The things we consume not only affect our energy and longevity but also our mouth. What we eat is exhaled as we digest it. Keep hydrated. Drink water after waking up to alleviate the dreaded morning breath. Good nutrition makes for good breath. Snack on watery vegetables and fruits like celery and apples. Replace your coffee with an herbal tea and limit your alcohol intake. Drinking a lot of alcohol will leave you with bad breath lasting for at least eight hours. Sugar-free gum is great. Do not assume, though, that mints will have the same effect. Sugar-free mints will cover up the smell temporarily leaving the bacteria untouched. Sugary mints feed the bacteria and make bad breath worse.

     Several natural remedies have been found to be very beneficial. Chewing cloves, fennel seeds, and aniseeds will clean out the bacteria. Lemon and orange peels, parsley, basil, mint, and cilantro eliminate the smell.

    No longer will have to be shy about your breath. Proudly embrace the change in your social and health life as you clean out nasty bacteria from your mouth and ill-advised eating habits from your life.