As for the remedy for halitosis or bad breath, the first thing to do is to try to detect its origin. As in the majority of cases it is associated with an inadequate oral hygiene, we must start by improving hygiene habits, brush your teeth, gums and tongue after each meal, and also use dental floss and mouthwash to reach areas that are not accessible with the brush. It is necessary, in addition, visit the dentist regularly, at least once a year to prevent tooth decay and other dental conditions and to remove tartar.
Stop smoking, not drinking alcohol, and limit consumption of foods that encourage bad breath, such as garlic and onion, are major preventable risk factors.
To alleviate dry mouth syndrome, you can follow some tips like:
- Drink water frequently.
- Take juices made from citrus fruits (Orange, lemon, Mandarin, grapefruit), since citric acid stimulates the secretion of saliva.
- Chewing gum without sugar, which also promotes salivation.
- Avoid very dry or fibrous foods, and increase the consumption of salads.
- Consult your doctor if you are taking medications that cause dry mouth to replace them by others who do not have this side effect.
Home remedies for bad breath
If the halitosis refuses to disappear, some home remedies may help keep odor at home:
After each meal, chew a piece of lemon (with shell) for a few minutes.
- If you don’t have the opportunity to brush your teeth after lunch, at least rinse your mouth with water, and then chewing gum without sugar.From time to time take mints (without sugar).
- Not remain too long without eating any food; between meals you can eat an Apple or a carrot.
- Prepare an infusion, boiling for ten minutes a tablespoon of peppermint in a cup of water, and take it after a meal.
- When brushing your teeth, do not forget that also should be brushing the gums and tongue, and replace the brush regularly (once every month or month and a half).
- Bring to a boil several sprigs of parsley with two or three cloves whole in two cups of water. Stir the mixture while it is cooling, strain, and used the liquid to rinse you mouth several times a day.
- You Much some celery branches from time to time; celery freshens the mouth and fight bad breath.
- Besides the parsley, there are many herbs whose aromatic properties make them suitable to avoid halitosis, as Mint, eucalyptus, thyme, Sage or Rosemary. You can make tea by boiling for 15 minutes (a teaspoon in a cup of water) or directly chewing some leaves.
If bad breath is due to digestive problems, you can use cardamom seeds (chew them slowly after the meal mouth cleans and removes the odor of other foods, although its flavor is strong enough) or herbal infusions digestive as Pennyroyal, anise, fennel and Chamomile.