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Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Bad breath also called halitosis is very embarrassing.The causes of bad breath may be due to poor oral hygiene, diet, infection of the gums,respiratory tract infection, dry mouth,tobacco products,diseases,certain foods like onion and garlic,indigestion, sinus infection and many more.

Maintaining oral hygiene helps to reduce or eliminate bad breath.

Brush your teeth properly twice a day to remove any food debris. Clean between your teeth as food particles trapped between the teeth begins to rot after a few hours and causes bad breath. So rinse your mouth well after every meal. Gargle a bit vigorously, forcing water between your teeth and squishing it to the back and sides.

Clean your tongue with your toothbrush gently.

Have a regular check up with your dentist once in 6 months.

Drink plenty of water. It prevents your mouth from drying and will help to keep it moist. Moreover water helps to flush out toxins from our body.

Some Natural Home remedies to get rid of  Bad breath are listed below

Chew fennel seeds, cardamom seeds or mint to get rid of bad breath.

Chew 2 cloves after meals to freshen your breath.

Chewing tender guava leaves helps to get rid of bad breath.

Boil guava leaves in water for 10 minutes. After it cools, filter it and use that water as a mouthwash.

Chew parsley leaves to get rid of bad breath. You can boil few sprigs of parsley and 2-3 cloves in 2 cups of water. After it cools, strain it and use it to gargle several times a day.

Gargle with salt (rock salt) water every night after meals.

These home remedies are only temporarily treatments that mask bad breath. If bad breath persists, inspite of following the above remedies, visit your dentist, identify the underlying cause of bad breath and take needed treatment for permanent solution.


Natural Teeth Care

Our teeth has to last  us a lifetime, so it is sensible to take care of them. Oral hygiene is very important and cannot be taken lightly. Here are some tips to take care of your teeth the natural way.

1.Brush your teeth twice a day both in the morning and before going to bed. Train children from childhood to do so. A soft angled brush with rounded bristles can be used.

2.Learn the proper way of brushing from your dentist. Special attention should be paid to the back teeth and gaps between the teeth. Brush at least for 2-3 minutes. Floss regularly.

3.Cleaning of tongue is also important for oral hygiene. Use the toothbrush or a tongue cleaner.

4.Eat plenty of calcium rich food and protein as they are essential for healthy teeth. Stay away from starchy food, sugary food and drinks to reduce your risk of tooth decay.

5.Regular consumption of apples can prevent tooth decay as apples have mouth cleansing properties. Apples or raw carrots taken after meals have have the same effect as toothbrush in cleansing the teeth.

6.Rinse your mouth well after every meal. It helps to keep the teeth clean naturally.

7.Do not take very hot or very cold food.

8.Massage your gums with your finger tip to improve blood circulation.

9.Change your toothbrush once in 2 months. Choose a brush with a small head so that it can reach the back of the teeth easily.  Also if you were sick for a long time, throw that germ-filled toothbrush and get a new one.

10.Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and chewing tobacco as they are not only harmful for the health but also strain your teeth.

11.Use toothpaste containing fluoride to prevent tooth decay. Too much of fluoride is also not good for the teeth. Consult your dentist about what types of oral care products will be most effective for you.

Natural teeth whitening tip

For sparkling teeth you can sprinkle a little salt on the toothpaste before brushing.

Rubbing of bay leaf once in a week also helps. But keep in mind that it is best to go to the dentist for teeth whitening.

Lastly have a regular check up with your dentist.