What's Good For Bad Breath12 Nov, 2015
What's Good For Bad Breath
In most cases, bad breath is a temporary condition. It usually has a simple cause such as tobacco, alcohol, or consumption of foods with strong odors. Multiplication of bacteria in the mouth is also a common cause of bad breath. Decreased saliva production, leading to bacteria multiplication, can result from poor dental hygiene, the normal reduced salivary flow in older persons, habitually breathing through the mouth, diets with restricted food intake, and certain medications. Morning breath is a common form of bad breath for everyone, due to decreased saliva flow during sleep. Many of these causes can be removed by brushing and flossing, or with the use of herbal or herb based remedies.
In some cases, however, the condition becomes chronic, and such cases usually involve an underlying medical problem which requires treatment by a medical professional. These are more serious problems, such as cavities, throat infection, kidney failure, sinusitus, lung infection, diabetes, gum disease, or an abscessed tooth.
Herbs, and other healing foods, that may be helpful in preventing simple forms of bad breath, include: allspice, angelica, anise, basil, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, dill, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, hyssop, myrrh, lavender, nutmeg, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage, spearmint, tarragon, thyme, turmeric, and yarrow. Some vitamins may also be beneficial. These include: B complex, beta-carotene, C, and zinc. Be cautious with vitamins, however, as large doses of vitamins, however, can actually lead to bad breath.
Avoid alcohol, fried foods, red meat, sugar, and tobacco smoke. Brush & floss regularly. Consume lots of raw fruits and vegetables; Drink at least 8-12 cups of water daily. And remember, halitosis is better than no breath at all.
Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.