If you’ve ever experienced people stepping back away from you as you speak to them, or a friend commenting outright about your bad breath, or subtly offering you gum or mints, then in all probability, you have chronic bad breath or halitosis.
Diseased gums and teeth; parasites lurking in your stomach; bacteria at the back of your tongue and throat; a penchant for spicy & pungent foods and sulfur leftovers; dirty tongue; sinusitis, periodontal disease and digestive disorders; side effects of drugs like antidepressants and heart medications…. Any or a combination of these may be the culprit for your bad breath.
Some people are so dense, though, that they do not acknowledge that they have foul-smelling breath, thereby putting off a suitable cure for bad breath, and risking more embarrassing situations. Bad breath sometimes springs to life and makes itself known through a dry metallic taste in the mouth. In certain instances, bad breath accompanies certain conditions like tonsil stones, milk intolerance, stomach and intestinal disturbances. In such cases, proper medical consultation will enlighten you on the best procedures or remedies to treat your particular ailment and in the process arrive at a cure for bad breath too. Some dental clinics recommend zapping the mouth with lasers to get rid of bacteria lodged in the tonsils. Laser is recommended for people who require more dramatic, high-tech approaches to addressing bad breath which simple brushing of the teeth, flossing and other routine dental care cannot do.
For other causes of bad breath, like unhealthy lifestyles as excessive smoking and drinking, or vitamin deficiencies, alongside daily dental care habits like brushing & flossing, you may want to consider herbal remedies. Do check first with a health expert or medical professional before opting for a herbal cure. One example of herbal remedy is tea tree oil, a non-toxic, naturally occurring oil which can be used as a mouthwash. Tea tree oil is a great natural alternative to chemical mouthwash solutions. With its antiseptic compounds, tea tree oil is a suitably powerful disinfectant to go with other approaches you have selected as a cure for bad breath. An option is to use a natural toothpaste formulated with tea tree oil. Other mouthwashes to kill oral bacteria may be formulated form other herbal wonders like myrrh (put a few drops of the myrrh tincture in a glassful of water).
Aside from taking the herbal route, there’s no substitute, of course, for a good diet. Drink plenty of water and increase your intake of vitamins C and E, without exceeding recommended daily levels. Go for seeds, nuts, vegetables, grains and fruits. If brushing teeth immediately after a meal is not possible, snack on sliced apples, or chew sugar-free gum, the better to stimulate saliva production and prevent dry mouth syndrome and bacteria from setting in.