These are the 8 natural ways to get rid of bad breath
Have you noticed if oftentimes, the person you are talking to covers his/her nose? Or does he/she always put a big distance between you two. You should be concern because you might be having halitosis or bad breath.
Chronic bad breath has several possible causes, but the occasional rank odor from the mouth is usually due to something the person recently ate or a temporary overabundance of bacteria in the mouth.
Usually, brushing your teeth and flossing can help you get rid of those bacteria in your mouth. But what if they still persist and the bad smell just won’t go away?
Beyond good hygiene and the occasional salt water rinse, there are several natural ways to combat either problem.
1. Turmeric. Beside from being a spice used for adding exquisite taste to cuisines of many countries, turmeric can also help you to get rid of bad breath.
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric make it ideal for fighting bad breath because it helps to kill germs and soothe any inflammation that may be brewing in the gums.
Turmeric also aids digestion, treats depression, and helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. WellnessMama recommends a turmeric tea made of hot coconut milk mixed with a teaspoon each of turmeric and cinnamon, and a tablespoon of honey.
2. Baking Soda. Once again, baking soda comes to the rescue of an everyday problem.
Sometimes, halitosis or bad breath is caused by the imbalance of our bodily acid. Good oral health can be maintained by using baking soda because it has the ability to balance the levels of acid in the body.
Thank Your Body recommends dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water for an effective, odor-killing rinse. Add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil for an boost added of freshness.
3. Pineapples. This fruit can also be used to get rid of the bacteria lurking in the mouth that causes bad breath.
This is due to the high acidic content of pineapples that it can destroy the bacteria in the gums and mouth.
Sipping pineapple juice after a spicy meal will help counteract any strong odors. Pineapples contain a digestive enzyme called bromelain, reports Remedies and Herbs, that acts as a natural cleanser.
4. Apples. Apples — or any other crunchy, natural food — acts a natural toothbrush, helping to scrub away anything coated on your teeth that may be sitting there causing odor issues.
Aside from that, apples has polyphenols that can distort the activity of odor causing bacteria in your mouth that you got from sleeping, eating and drinking.
Cosmopolitan.com recommends apples, carrots or celery for this method of combating bad breath caused by food in the mouth.
5. Water. If you were to ask what would be the most natural way to keep your mouth free from bad odor, the answer would be just drinking water.
Simply staying properly hydrated can do wonders for bad breath. A dry mouth is lacking antibacterial saliva, promoting the growth of bad-smelling bacteria — drying out overnight is the cause of “morning breath.”
If you don’t like drinking plain water, WebMD suggests adding lemon or raspberries and mint for a fresh taste.
6. Antiseptic spices. Both cinnamon and cloves have an antiseptic quality that help to kill the odor-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Cinnamon has a fragrant smell that can push away bad breath. There is also the essential oil in cinnamon called cinnamic aldehyde that is a strong anti-bacteria that can surely destroy bacteria.
Reader’s Digest Best Health advises sucking on a cinnamon stick or cracking a clove between the teeth to release their helpful properties.
7. Chlorophyll. There’s a reason restaurants put a sprig of parsley on your plate — it’s intended to combat bad breath due to food odor.
The chlorophyll in parsley, spinach, and other leafy greens will freshen breath when chewed — and will help prevent other body odors, according to Body Mint.
Moreover, green veggies also have high amount of fiber. When chewed and mixed with the saliva, the mouth becomes uninhabitable by odor causing bacteria because the mouth becomes a bit dry.
8. Mint. Nature’s best-known bad breath cure is, of course, mint.
Chewing mint or gum will make your mouth produce more saliva. This will then lead to washing the bacteria out your mouth and teeth. Together with this purpose, the mint also provides good odor that can cover the bad breath that you had.
Fresh mint leaves freshen breath immediately, and the University of Maryland Medical Center reports that peppermint has been shown to aid digestion and relieve congestion.
If you’ve tried these basic natural remedies and are still peeling the paint off the walls with your breath, it’s time to visit a doctor. Certain underlying medical conditions can cause bad breath, as can some medications. A doctor can help pinpoint the cause of persist bad breath, and sometimes cure it.