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Halitosis often refers to foul breath. These are the causes and how to treat it with remedies.

Bad breath is an awkward problem. Anyone with bad breath could be offensive without knowing it, as all the adverts for breath mints, mouthwashes, and toothpaste are so fast to show. In some situation, an odd breath odor may be an indication of illness, like herpes, infection of the mouth, diabetes, postnasal drip, tonsillitis, sinusitis, dental infection, strep throat, liver or kidney failure, or a lung abscess. Sometimes, bad breath—medically known as halitosis—is not due to any major health problem. It is by and large associated with poor oral hygiene or poor digestion, at times both.

Halitosis often refers to foul breath, which is a common condition. Regrettably, most people who offend in this respect are entirely ignorant of their problem. Bad breath typically originates from the mouth and the intensity of the problem may vary during the day depending on the kinds of foods eaten. Some foods such as garlic and onions or red meat and fish can rigorously worsen the problem, and smoking or drinking of alcohol can similarly exacerbate it seriously. Bad breath can also occur owing to the dryness of the mouth, which is the main reason why individuals who do not drink sufficient water may suffer from halitosis. Most of the times bad breath may be present only in the morning as a result of the inactivity and absence of oxygen in the mouth through the night could make the odor to get worse. It normally reduces following rinsing of the mouth or brushing of the teeth. Therefore it is somehow hard to prevent bad breath in the early morning or even when fasting. Persistent halitosis is, however, a constant problem that should be treated with medical care.

Whenever a friend or family member (or yourself) become aware of a bad smell on your breath, particularly if the breath has a continual or bizarre odor, consult your physician. He or she will be able to establish whether or not your bad breath is connected to a primary infection or other illness.

One especially useful—yet, sadly, not frequently recommended—diagnostic stool test is a broad stool analysis that can be used to find out problems with digestion and absorption, the presence of parasites, or the overgrowth of abnormal bacteria in the digestive tract.

Causes for Bad Breath

Bad breath is one of most horrible medical condition people are suffering the world over.

The causes for this uneasy and at the same time hopeless disease are diseased gums, non-chewed food trapped between teeth, consuming greasy and garlic, onion-rich food, diabetes, and at times constipation.

Dental problems such as a cavity in a tooth lead to pus in the gums and thus a poor bad smell comes from the mouth.

Herbal Remedies

1. Chewing of mint leaves will soon clean up up the breath and is a simple herbal remedy for halitosis.

2. Brushing teeth after each meal will put off bad breath.

3. Rinse your mouth with baking soda dissolved in warm water. It is also useful for cleaning tongue. This remedy is one of the good herbal remedies for bad breath.

4. Taking a hot cup of unsweetened tea will help to cure foul breath.

5. Immediately after meals chew some sunflower seeds and take a glass of water. This is a good herbal remedy for bad breath.

6. Consuming yogurt for six weeks will totally eliminate bad breath.

7. A fine herbal remedy for bad breath is tea produced from Fenugreek (methi) seeds.

8. Squeeze a lemon in a glass of water and gargle with it often. Perfect herbal remedy for bad breath

10. Drinking pineapple juice will soon eliminate the bad odor from the mouth and acts as a natural remedy for bad breath.

11. Eating apples every day is also excellent for mouth cleansing because it removes the bacteria causing bad breath.

12. Chewing cardamom seeds can sweeten your breath because the aromatic flavor of cardamom acts as a breath freshener. This remedy is also a fine herbal remedy for halitosis.

13. Mouthwashes having dyes and alcohol should not be used because they only give temporary relief.

14. Consume parsley to reduce bad breath.

15. Drink juice lemon of half a glass diluted with a glass of water after every meal. This is one of the best and most effective herbal remedies for bad breath.

16. Consumption of food products that are rich in zinc prevents bad breath because it controls spread of the anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.

17. Chewing on cardamom seeds equally sweeten the breath.

18. Prior to brushing use hydrogen peroxides to clean the mouth. Use acidophilus and bifidobacteria supplements every day to establish and maintain good intestinal flora and healthy digestion. And if you are sensitive to milk, choose a dairy-free product.

19. Chlorophyll pills help clean up the breath owing to their cleansing effect in the intestines. Take a chlorophyll supplement in accordance with the instruction on the product label, after every meal and once more during bedtime.

20. Perhaps you suspect that bad breath is due to poor digestion, endeavor to supplement your diet with digestive enzymes. There are several of them available that use natural enzymes—bromelain (pineapple) or papain (papaya)—which may be useful. Stick with the dosage instructions on the product label.

21. Occasionally bad breath is a due poor stomach function. To strengthen the gastrointestinal tract, you should try using duodenal extract with vitamin A as stated on the product label.

22. Opt for an herbal-based toothpaste or tooth powder formulated with no sugar. If this type of product is unavailable in your local drugstore, check a health-food store.

23. Chew on a small sprig of parsley to freshen your breath. Parsley is rich in the natural deodorizer chlorophyll and also sweetens the digestive tract.

24. If bad breath is an intermittent problem associated with poor digestion, naturally followed by stomach disturbance, diarrhea, or constipation, drinking a cup of peppermint tea after meals should help to ease digestion. Or endeavor to take a cup of ginger tea two times a day, with meals, to improve digestion.

25. Guava is one of the most cherish fruits. It is good in taste, very healthy and nutritious. Guava and its leaves are one of the best medicines for bad breath. Guava contains some of the helpful chemicals such as oxalic acid, malic acid, and minerals such as calcium, manganese. All these chemicals are useful for gums and teeth. Equally, Guava makes teeth strong and prevents them from bleeding.

27. Apple is also an essential fruit. Eating it after a meal, will keep the mouth fresh, and takes out all the ensnared foods lying between teeth.

28. Tea prepared from fenugreek seeds

This is an oldest and effective herbal remedy used to get rid of bad breath. Take a 1/2 liter of water and bring to boil, then add one teaspoon of fenugreek seed to it. And boil at the medium or low flame for about 10-20 minutes. Sieve away all the seeds. Drink this tea 3-4 times per day.

29. Avocado

Avocado is a very valuable fruit. It wipes away the harmful substances stored in the intestine as a result of inappropriate digestion and other diseases, and thus prevents the formation of bad breath in the mouth. Doctors agreed that eating two to three pieces of Avocado is much better and far more effective than any other mouth freshener.

30. Fresh vegetable and fruit juice

Eating unwholesome food, eating less food and drinking fewer fluids are some of the basic reasons for bad breath. With a hectic schedule we have a propensity to eat less, however, one should always endeavor to drink lots of water or any other fluids such as freshly prepared vegetable and fruit juice. The fluids maintain the wetness of mouth and softness of gums. Hence, there is fewer formation and accumulation of sticky materials on the tongue that can generate bad breath.

31. Mint leaves and cloves

A person suffering from halitosis may chew mint leaves, cloves and so on. This keeps the mouth wet and clean. Apart from this, one may also chew sunflower seeds. In fact, it is an amazing herbal remedy for avoiding bad breath.

32. Coffee and tea

A cup of tea or coffee is one of the simplest ways to keep away bad breath.

33. Gargling mouth with mixture containing parsley leaves

Take 1-2 glass of water and adds finely chopped parsley leaves to the water. Bring to boil for 15-20 minutes. Then add 3-4 cloves to it and bring to boil for some time with steady stirring. Sieve it and bring it to warm temperature and gargle your mouth with it the mixture 2 to 3 times a day. This is one of the handy herbal remedies for bad breath.

34. Rinsing mouth with mixture containing lemon extract

Get a 1-2 glass of water and put 1 tablespoon of freshly prepared lemon juice to it. Gargle your mouth with it for 2-3 times a day. This will give you freshness of breath. This is also one of the significant herbal remedies for bad breath

35. Nutritional and healthy diet

Stress and erroneous food habit are one of the foremost causes of bad breath. A person suffering from bad breath should always eat correct food and at the right time. Prepare a diet chart that contains all the essential, nutritional food foods such as fruits, carrots, celery, green vegetables, grams, less oily food and cereals. Stay away from junk food, besides strictly affecting various parts of the body such as heart, lungs; it also produces bad breath in the mouth.

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