Medically known as halitosis, bad breath is the unpleasant odor emanating from someone’s breath. Apart from being socially unacceptable, many people find it to be humiliating and can cause anxiety and even lead to depression. Being self-conscious about one’s breath is, therefore, a perfectly reasonable type of behavior.
Commonly associated with bad oral hygiene, bad breath can originate from certain types of foods and drink, but it can also be a sign of an underlying illness.
Foods and drinks cause temporary bad breath which happens directly after ingestion and is usually easy to remove. To prevent temporary bad breath, you should avoid the following:
- a low-carb diet;
Of course, due to a large number of bacteria living in our mouths especially those of decomposing organic matter, it is safe to assume that a lack of oral hygiene is a common culprit. Those same bacteria that stem from decomposition are not only responsible for bad breath but also are the cause of cavities and gum diseases.
Additionally, in one out of every ten people, bad breath could mean a symptom of a more serious underlying disease. In this cases treating the illnesses and conditions can, in fact, improve the odor in the breath. These conditions include the following:
- throat infection;
- intestinal disorders;
- liver or kidney conditions.
First of all, you should regularly see your dentist who can tell you whether the bad breath is there because of a medical condition or a changeable lifestyle. Additionally, consult with your general physician if you suspect that bad breath along with any other symptoms you might be experiencing is a sign of an underlying illness.
It would be absurd to tell you to wash and floss your teeth as often as possible and call it a revolutionary home remedy, but it is, in fact, the best advice anyone can give you. With that being said, there are some other things you can do to fight off recurring bad breath that will undoubtedly improve your health and prevent any humiliating bad-breath accidents.
1. Drink more water.
Evolving the habit of drinking more water a day is not only beneficial for your oral hygiene but your overall health as well. More water means more saliva which in turn dissolves and washes away bad breath. Drinking lots of water and swishing it around the mouth is extremely important in the morning.
2. Don’t forget your tongue.
The tongue acts a breeding ground for bacteria and has a lot to do with developing bad breath. Often neglected when washing teeth, the tongue should be scraped with a toothbrush or a scraper to get all the bacteria and food debris out of there.
Another natural way of keeping your teeth healthy is by eating apples and similar fruits that contain Vitamin C.
As we have mentioned before, drinking coffee is terrible for your breath, so switching to tea could be the next best option. Not only will you be preventing stains, but teas offer a much healthier selection without the risk of bad breath.
5. Anise seeds, cloves, fennel seeds
The antiseptic properties of anise seeds, cloves, and fennel seeds are provenly great for fighting against the bacteria responsible for bad breath.
Source: Everyday Health