Halitosis or bad breath is an unpleasant problem. Caused by an imbalance of the bacteria in the mouth, this condition can be very embarrassing. Consistent bad breath can be a result of bad mouth hygiene, dental problems or a bad diet. In all cases it can be treated. There are a variety of easy natural remedies to keep bad breath away.
Water is the most natural way to clean your mouth and flush away excess food products after a meal. Drinking water with each meal keeps the tongue and stomach hydrated, preventing bacterial build up.
Good, natural mouth rinses can be made by adding baking soda or apple vinegar to a glass of water. These rinses help to neutralise the odour. Lemon juice or salt are other alternatives. Use, whichever rinse you find most appetising, after each meal and before going to bed.
Chewing cardamom seeds or cloves is a natural way to freshen your breath if you have been eating strong smelling food. Masticating parsley is an acquired taste, however, parsley has long been known for its ability to reduce mouth odours, even garlic. Fennel seeds, anise seeds or mint leaves are also suitable.
Certain natural drinks have been found to be effective. Pineapple juice has a high acid content and fenugreek tea has antiseptic properties; qualities that help combat halitosis. The tea should be unsweetened.
Diet is an important factor for fresh breath. A diet high in fibre and low in sugar means a healthier mouth. Eating raw carrots or celery will help clean your teeth and fight plaque. An apple a day is a wise recommendation for a fresher mouth. The Avocado pear is a particularly good, high fibre fruit that helps to clean the digestive system and prevent a coated tongue.
Eating probiotic yogurt regularly is very effective. Natural, live yogurts which contain L.acidophilus, help to restore the correct bacterial balance for a healthy mouth. Eat the yogurt unsweetened; the taste may be a bit off putting at first as we are used to sweet yogurt. To get rid of bad breath you should eat 4-5 teaspoonfuls 3 times a day for 5 days. After that make sure that probiotic yogurt is a regular component of your diet.