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how about taking up some natural and ancient homely methods to get rid of this annoying and embarrassing problem?
The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene itself. Proper brushing, flossing and cleaning the tongue can help control bad breath. In spite of doing these daily practices, the problem of bad breath still persists for some individuals. Here comes the role of using few age-old products which are known to be very effective in treating bad smell from the mouth.
Ayurveda suggests using herbs having spicy, bitter and astringent tastes for teeth cleaning. Spicy herbs improve salivation; bitter herbs improve taste and fight bad breath; astringent herbs heal gum wounds and oral ulcers, ultimately helps in controlling bad smell from the mouth. Following are some very effective home remedies that can be helpful to your problem.
Have you ever noticed a tray of seeds offered after a meal at a nice Indian restaurant? Yes, I’m referring to Fennel seeds! Chewing roasted fennel seeds is an easy and delicious way to support fresh breath along with promoting digestion. It is very well known as a breath sweetener. Fennel seeds are excellent for reducing gas and bloating as well.
Parsley is a popular remedy for bad breath. It is known to be rich in antioxidants like folic acid, vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Its fresh scent and high chlorophyll content suggest that it has a deodorizing effect. To use parsley for bad breath, chew on fresh leaves after each meal or buy a parsley dietary supplement.
Chewing on fresh leaves of mint, basil or neem can also help in neutralizing odours. These leaves can be used as mouth fresheners after meals.
Lemon or orange peel
Chewing on the peel of a lemon or orange helps to get rid of bad breath effectively. After washing the peel thoroughly, chew it for some time. The citric acid in it has an effect on the gums and also helps in stimulating salivary glands, increasing the salivary flow.
Cloves and aniseeds
The Chinese have been using cloves over 2000 years ago to get rid of bad breath. Cloves and aniseeds contain antiseptic qualities which fights bacteria that cause smelly breath. Clove oil used along with other oils of cilantro, coriander and eucalyptus show higher antimicrobial activity.
Tulsi is planted in nearly every Indian home and that makes it readily available. It is known as the ―Queen of plants and is known to have medicinal properties beyond imagination. It is a plant with enormous properties for preventing and curing diseases.
Chewing tulsi leaves helps clear infections and ulcers of the mouth. It can also be used as a mouthwash, for maintaining healthy gums and reducing against bad breath.
Fenugreek leaves (Methi)
Methi is known to have many medicinal properties in Ayurveda. It is known to have anti-inflammatory agents which improve gum health. Boil methi leaves into a cup and drink it once a day to see quick and lasting results for foul odours of the mouth.
Neem concoction & Neem leaves
Neem is perhaps the most useful traditional medicinal plant in India. Each part of this plant has some or the other medicinal property. Neem based mouth rinse is equally effective with fewer side effects as compared to commercially available mouthwashes in treating bad odours of mouth due to gum disease.
All you need to do is to boil a bunch of neem leaves in enough water till it reduces to 1/4th of the original volume. Gargle with this concoction for good breath and whiter teeth as it kills the bacteria inside your mouth. Neem leaves are bitter to chew upon but are excellent in removing the plaque and tartar which builds up on teeth, which are one of the main causes of bad breath.
If you wear dentures, remove them before sleeping. After removing them, make sure to clean them and clean your mouth as well as it eradicates bacteria from the denture surface as well as the mouth.
Scrape your tongue
Failure to clean the tongue harbours a lot of bacteria and makes it prone for infections and bad smell. Remember to scrape your tongue with a tongue cleaner every day after brushing.
Using a mouth-rinse:
You can also use mouth rinse to clean your mouth after your meal. Use mouth rinses with consultation and as advised by your dentist because prolonged and undiluted use of some mouth rinses may lead to staining of teeth.
Even if you think that you have maintained oral hygiene, do not skip your visit to your dentist, because we can diagnose a problem for you when you think you don’t have one.
Some oral condition like gum infection jaw infection, decay teeth, sinus infection need to be treats by dentist
Some general diseases like diabetes, acidity, liver and kidney problems may give you bad smell. In that case dentist may advice to consult your physician
Keep yourself well hydrated
Water keeps your salivary glands hydrated. So, drinking plenty of water every day helps you get rid of dry mouth and bad breath. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up as it freshens up your morning breath.
Include some above mentioned home remedies to freshen your breath but do not forget to follow the basics of oral hygiene maintenance as advised by your dentist.