Some 25 to 30 percent of the world's population suffer from bad breath. Dental cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene are among the most common causes. Infections such as sore throat or sinusitis, or intestinal disorders can also result in foul breath.
Treatment involves correcting the underlying disorder or trying a few easy solutions such as mouth freshening spray or mouth freshener. Smokers also suffer from bad breath.
Here are 11 ways to fight bad breath:
Remove your dentures at night and clean them to remove bacterial buildup from food and drink.
Swish cool water around in your mouth and drink plenty of water. This is especially useful for removing "morning breath."
Brush after each meal and floss at least twice a day.
Every two to three months, replace your toothbrush.
Make an appointment for regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper or spoon every morning to reduce bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that can cause odor. To clean the back of the tongue, hold the tip of the tongue with gauze and pull it forward.
Take a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds and chew them. Their antiseptic properties aid in the fight against halitosis-causing bacteria.
For a mouth-watering burst of flavor, chew a piece of lemon or orange rind. (First, thoroughly wash the rind.) The citric acid stimulates the salivary glands, thereby combating bad breath.
Chew a sprig of fresh parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro. These green plants' chlorophyll neutralizes odors.
Try a 30-second alcohol-free mouthwash rinse.
Every morning, scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper or spoon to remove bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that can cause odor. Hold the tip of the tongue with gauze and pull it forward to clean the back of the tongue.
Chew on a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. Their antiseptic properties aid in the fight against bacteria that cause halitosis.
Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind for a mouthwatering burst of flavor. (Before you begin, thoroughly wash the rind.) Citric acid stimulates the salivary glands, which helps to combat bad breath.
Chew a fresh sprig of parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro. The chlorophyll in these green plants neutralizes odors.
Try a 30-second booze-free mouthwash.
Raw crunchy foods are good for cleaning your teeth. Apples contain pectin, which aids in the control of food odors and stimulates saliva production. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties. Yogurt's active cultures aid in the reduction of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth.
1 cup apple chunks
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup diced celery
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup crushed walnuts
3 to 5 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
PREPARATION AND USE: In a large mixing bowl, combine the apple, carrot, celery, cranberries, and walnuts. To moisten the mixture, add a tablespoon of yogurt at a time. Garnish with cinnamon. (This recipe serves two.)
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