Are you embarrassed of your bad breath? Is it
annoying you and making you very self-conscious? I bet you can't
wait to get rid of it.
However, you are not alone when it comes to bad breath. 35 to 45
percent of the entire world's population has chronic bad breath. So,
what can you do to be rid of it? Here are 12 ways to fight bad
1. More often than not, bad breath is a sign of gum disease. Get
into the habit of practicing good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth
well and don't forget to floss. Also, visit your dentist to get rid
of plaque buildup.
2. Don't forget to clean your tongue as well. Get rid of that
whitish coating. Pay more attention to the back of the tongue
because that's where the bacteria that cause bad breath usually
reside. Some people have suggested using an inverted spoon to scrape
the tongue. However, it is more effective to use a tongue scrapper.
3. Choose your breath mints or chewing gum wisely. Make sure they
are sugar-free. Sugar feeds the bacteria that cause bad breath. So
your breath may smell nice temporarily but the bad breath will
return later and may smell even worse. Choose instead products that
have xylitol. It's a natural sweetener that helps to buffer acidity
and reduce the build-up of plaque-causing bacteria.
4. Prevent a dry mouth. Saliva is a great help in washing away
food particles and bacteria. To keep your mouth moist, make sure you
drink plenty of water. Minimize your intake of coffee, soft drinks
and alcohol. Japanese scientists recommend green tea. They say it
promotes healing of damaged gums as well as contains antioxidant
polyphenols. Dry mouth is also a result of breathing through the
mouth. This usually happens when you sleep.
5. Be careful of which mouthwash you use. Those with alcohol
content will contribute to a dry mouth. Look instead for mouthwashes
with chlorine dioxide. It will directly attack the volatile sulfur
compounds responsible for bad breath.
6. It is no secret that garlic, onions and curry spices give you
bad breath. However, the effect is only temporary, as eventually,
your body will get rid of those foods. However, if you need a quick
fix and brushing your teeth doesn't get rid of the smell, you can
try drinking lemonade or suck a lemon wedge sprinkled with salt.
7. Chlorophyll has been recognized as a powerful breath
freshener. Get a healthy dose of chlorophyll by chewing on fresh
parsley. You can also chew on spirulina tablets or drink chlorophyll
rich drinks such as wheat-grass.
8. Herbal remedies include chewing on fennel or anise seeds. You
can also make a tea from cloves and use it as a mouthwash. Cloves
are said to have antiseptic properties.
9. Do you have milk intolerance? Eliminate dairy products from
your diet and see if your bad breath goes away.
10. Restore and maintain your intestinal flora with probiotics.
Also, improve the function of your large intestine by eating lots of
fiber rich foods.
11. Tea tree oil also does well to vanquish bad breath. In the
market you can find tea tree oil floss, mouthwash, toothpastes and
mouth spray. What works too is putting one or two drops of tea tree
oil straight from the bottle onto your toothbrush before you brush.
12. Check for an underlying medical condition such as
tonsillitis, diabetes, intestinal disease, lung disease, liver
disorder or chronic sinusitis.
When following these treatments to control bad breath, be sure to
adhere strictly to the guidelines prescribed by your doctor for each