Bad breath: natural remedies to get rid of halitosis

A bacterial infection or digestive problems can cause bad breath: here’s how to get rid of it with natural remedies!

Bad breath is annoying and causes embarrassment. That is why getting rid of it as soon as possible is the best thing to do for your self-esteem and to live without distress.

Often, this problem is caused by an incorrect oral hygiene. However, it can also be the symptom of a more serious problem. Let’s see the main methods to get rid of halitosis and its causes.

Bad breath: natural remedies

Let’s start with some efficient natural methods to fight halitosis!

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Lemon. Mix the juice of half a lemon in half a glass of water. This solution helps regulating your saliva pH and eliminating microbes responsible of bad breath. Gargle with it at least 3 times a day.

Peppermint. It is very efficient against this problem and gives a nice and fresh sensation. Drink it as a herbal tea: mix a tablespoon of peppermint in a cup of water, then boil it.

Green tea. A cup of this product helps fighting bad breath bacteria.

Cloves. Chew them or keep them under your tongue for a few minutes. It’s a very efficient methods! You will get rid of your halitosis in a few days!

Yogurt. Its enzymes help regulating your mouth pH and reduce saliva acidity. It’s best to take it on an empty stomach.

Mint. Usually, mints freshen you breath up for a while. However, in order to obtain a long-lasting effect, it is better to take mint as a herbal tea. You just need one cup of water and a tablespoon of mint: drink it at least twice a day.

If you suffer from halitosis, it is better to avoid some foods which can worsen the situation: no sugar, milk, spices, animal proteins, coffee and alcoholic drinks.

Other methods to fight halitosis

In case of bad breath, one of the most efficient remedies is brushing your teeth three times a day, or always after a meal. Moreover, once a day you should also use mouthwash and floss.

An electric toothbrush is more efficient of the normal one. Furthermore, it is very important to clean your tongue, too. Often, it is the main responsible of halitosis.

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When you’re not at home, you can use chewing gums, mints or sprays you can buy at the pharmacy or at the supermarket. If possible, brush your teeth even when you’re not at home: your oral hygiene is really important.

Halitosis: its causes

The first and most common cause of bad breath is a poor oral hygiene. Moreover, some foods can cause this problem, such as onion, garlic, alcohol, coffee and dairy products. Even smoking does not improve the situation.

If oral hygiene and diet cannot keep halitosis away, you mght have a health problem, for example respiratory (tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinusitis), digestive (acid reflux) or systemic (diabetes, kidney and liver problems) problems.

A lot of people suffer from halitosis, at least occasionally. According to some polls, 25% of the world population has had bad breath at least once, while the 6% suffer from it on a permanent basis. This problem affects both men and women and, over time, it becomes more frequent.

How to understand if your breath smells

At times, we think we have this problem, but how can we be sure? The simplest thing to do to understand is to lick the inner part of your wrist with the back of your tongue. Wait until the saliva dries out, then smell. If your wrist smells, probably your breath does too.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 24-02-2019

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