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Simple Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

Updated on March 23, 2010

Foul breath is humiliating and offensive. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to avoid falling victim to this bothersome affliction.

Fenugreek is effective against bad breath
Fenugreek is effective against bad breath

The most common cause of bad breath is halitosis, disease of the gums. Believe it or not, the health of your body can be affected by poor dental hygiene. Ill care of your mouth can lead to heart disease and other serious illness.

Germs can grow in the small holes that are present in our teeth. When these germs are released, they cause foul odors. Conditions of the stomach, throat, nose or respiratory tract can also cause bad breath to occur. Chronic infection may be associated with these ailments resulting in a discharge at the back of the throat. The discharge causes foul odors in the mouth. However, chronic constipation, sluggish intestinal function and gastrointestinal disorders are more common causes. Good dental hygiene can not prevent these conditions from causing bad breath. They must be addressed individually.

The good news is that there are natural remedies for bad breath that can relieve you (and those around you) of this embarrassing problem.

•    Fenugreek is one of the most effective natural remedies used for bad breath. It is a vegetable that can be found in any good supermarket or health food store. To get the most benefit from fenugreek, prepare a tea from its seeds. Regularly drinking fenugreek tea can correct halitosis. Use one teaspoon of seeds per half a liter of purified water. Over a low flame, simmer the water with the seeds for 15 minutes. Strain and drink.

•    Another effective bad breath home remedy is avocado. That's right, pass the guacamole! Avocado is far superior to any mouth wash at eliminating mouth odors. The secret is that it combats intestinal decomposition, a common cause of bad breath.

•    Unripe guavas are also useful against bad breath. Sounds strange, but they are rich in phosphoric acids, manganese and calcium. Plus, they contain other important enzymes that effectively fight foul breath. Simply chewing on guava and the leaves from the guava tree, if available, is great for dental health.

•    We have all been served meals in restaurants that are nicely garnished with parsley. There is a reason that this is such a popular practice. Parsley is known to fight bad breath. Chewing on the springs is an effective cure for foul mouth odors.

•    Treating halitosis with fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices is not only effective but it is also one of the most healthful things you can do for yourself. Consume fresh organic produce (especially leafy greens) liberally for the most pronounced outcome.

•    To keep yourself free of disease and healthy in general, avoid processed foods and refined white sugar and flour. These foods are detrimental to good health and regular consumption of them can cause a host of problems to occur, halitosis among them.

Clean your teeth thoroughly at least twice per day. Regularly floss, daily if possible, to remove food particles from between your teeth and beneath your gums. Flossing is so important for good health and dental hygiene.

If your gums seem swollen, are bleeding or if you think that your teeth are decaying, consult a dental professional prior to performing any bad breath natural remedies at home.


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