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Effective remedies for bad breath

Updated on July 25, 2015

One of the main causes of bad breath is bacteria that live in the mouth. These bacteria feed on food scraps that are left between the teeth, and as waste produce sulfur compounds that make the breath smell.

1. Say yes to tea

Tea help to fight bad breath because it has polyphenols, a type of antioxidants that inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria in the mouth, and avoid that produce sulfur compounds.

2. Chewing Gum... Cinnamon

This candy contains cinnamon oil, which has antiseptic properties, so it would fight the bacteria that cause bad breath. However, make sure to use sugar-free chewing gums, not to get the opposite effect. "

Spices for your mouth

Chewing some spices, such as rosemary, peppermint or fennel tea or drinking a few times a day, especially after eating, would fight bad breath: essential oils of these plants impregnate the digestive system and respiratory avoiding evil odor.

3. Parsley

Parsley is rich with chlorophyllin, a compound of chlorophyll can absorb and cut odors, chewing some fresh parsley after eating or drinking vegetable juices containing parsley help combat and prevent bad breath.

The problem of food

Bad breath is not always originates in the mouth: Many foods, such as garlic and onion, have strong smells, and when digested, some of these active particles pass into the blood and then to the lungs, where are ejected producing a persistent bad breath.

4. Bite something crunchy

Take daytime snacks of fruits and vegetables crisp, like apples, celery, carrots, or jicama, help remove bacteria from the teeth as well as food waste, which would prevent and fight bad breath.

5. Vitamin C for your encouragement

Foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus, blackberries and guava, change the mouth environment, making it uninhabitable for bacteria that cause bad breath and other problems such as gingivitis.

Beware the acid

The acids in citrus fruits and their juices damage the enamel of your teeth if you take them in large quantities. To avoid this, eat citrus fruits or their juices with fresh foods as part of a snack, and drink water at the end to remove excess acid.

6. Water and more water

Drink water often to help remove bacteria from the mouth, and to remove food residues that remain between the teeth also keep your mouth water and your body well hydrated during the day, all this would help prevent bad breath.

7. Thyme

Thyme is full of thymol, a natural antiseptic, rinsing the mouth with a thyme tea everyday prevent bad breath and other oral problems such as cavities or infections. It would kill the bacteria that produce them.

The toothbrush and toothpaste are not enough

Brushing and using mouthwash and thread are necessary actions to fight bad breath, however, are not always the solution: In the times not that bad breath comes from the mouth, brushing teeth not fix the problem, only disguise the smell for a while.

9. Licorice

Chewing a little licorice root or drink their infusion will improve your breath: Licorice has licoricidina, a natural antibiotic that cut bad breath bacteria and help prevent tooth decay and gum problems. "

10. Sodium Bicarbonate

Brushing your teeth with baking soda or bicarbonate gargle diluted in warm water will help to control bad breath: Baking will change the mouth acidity, making it difficult for bacteria to develop and reproduce.

11. Rinse salt

It may not be as refreshing, but rinse your mouth with a water solution and salt help cut bad breath: The salt dehydrated the mouth, eliminating the major odor-causing bacteria and other problems like gingivitis or tooth decay.

How do I prepare?

To prepare the salt or bicarbonate rinse, diluted half teaspoon of any of the substances in half a cup of warm water. Rinse and gargle for the solution to reach the back of the mouth, where many bacteria are deposited. Finally, rinse with clean water to eliminate residue.

Other illnesses

Dehydration, use of alcohol and snuff is also common causes of bad breath, however, sometimes it can be caused by diseases such as bronchitis, diabetes or digestive problems.

12. Probiotics

Having a deficient digestion would lead to the release of gases and compounds that cause bad breath, probiotics, however, improve the digestive process and cut harmful bacteria, alleviating this problem.

Besides improving digestion, probiotics directly influence the mouth: In the mouth there are good and bad bacteria, and bad breath occurs when the second proliferate; consume probiotics help keep bad bacteria at bay, preventing odor

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      7 years ago

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