Bad breath, also called halitosis, is humiliating and can take a toll on an individual’s confidence level.
Bad breath can be a result of reasons such as eating odorous foods, smoking, dry mouth, medical conditions, gum disease, and sinus conditions.
However, the main cause of bad breath is the bacteria that accumulates on the back of your tongue or between your teeth.
Before we go deeper, let’s note a few points on mint. Mint does not fight or kill bacteria, nor does it encourage salivation. It is the fastest of fixes, so be aware that if you pop one in, it won’t be long until it wears off.
For many folks, grabbing a mint or a piece of gum is their best solution, as it quickly masks the problem. But this method often fails to address the root causes of bad breath.
The reality is that bad breath can be triggered by some health conditions, foods, and even habits, and you can treat it with the help of some readily available ingredients from your kitchen cupboard.
Vitamin C Water
The water helps keep your mouth moist, but most vitally, this drink will aid in killing the bacteria that causes the bad breath.
This is because oranges, strawberries, and kiwis are incredibly high in vitamin C, and vitamin C will create an acidic environment tough for bacteria to thrive in.
Vitamin C is water-soluble, so you can indeed get the best out of it by infusing the water with the fruit.
You will require
- 1 or 2 large oranges
- 3 Kiwis
- 4 Strawberries fruits
- 2 liters of fresh tap water
- A Glass jar or some kind of jug or container
- A squirt of lime (optional)
Cut up your fruit, it doesn’t really matter what size, as long as it can fit in your container. Put it in your jug and then pour in 2 liters of freshwater, filling it to the top.
Put the drink in the refrigerator and allow it chill overnight, letting all the vitamins to seep into the liquid.
Drink in the morning along with breakfast, and whenever you like throughout the day. This can last up to a week in the refrigerator.
The human salivary glands produce up to 3 pints of saliva every day. Far from just “spit” our saliva is really an amazing fluid that contains calcium and phosphorus for our teeth to absorb, fends off bacteria to prevent cavities and helps the movement of food and water pass through our mouth and throat.
Dry mouth usually tends to lead to bad breath. If you find yourself in this condition, try doing a little more than just swilling water, and make ice cubes with lemon juice, and if you are ok with the taste, a little cinnamon.
The water as it dissolves will obviously moisten your mouth, while the sourness of the lemon juice and the sucking action will start the saliva flow.
Putting a dash of ground cinnamon is optional, but it has been found to be quite good at getting rid of bacteria due to a component called cinnamic aldehyde.
You will require:
- Fresh tap water
- 1 Lemon juice, or a half cup of pre-squeezed lemon
- an ice cube tray and a Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)
If being used, put a little pinch of cinnamon in the bottom of the tray. Put 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to each compartment in the ice cube tray, and then cover with water. Give each a small stir, and then allow to freeze.
When they are done, put them in a plastic bag and use something to squash them up so you still have decent sized pieces that can be easily be sucked. Keep this baggy in the freezer and suck on the ice whenever you like or need it.
You can also leave them in cube form, and insert into a cup of your drinking water to prolong the stimulating flavor. You can regulate the sourness by adding more or less lemon juice.
You should note that too much acid can erode the enamel of your teeth if ingested in excess.
Foods/Fruits That Can Help With Bad Breath
The following foods can really help with the incidence of bad breath. Not only do they kill bacteria, but they are naturally fibrous enough to scrub your teeth.
Apple’s high fiber content plus the encouraging of saliva production makes it one of the top natural toothbrushes out there.
Celery and raw carrots
Firm and crisp, these veggies brush your teeth and also have a high content of moisture to help keep your mouth wet.
Just like ground cinnamon, chewing on a cinnamon stick will release essential oils that rid bacteria, and it has a good smell to boot.
Berries are high in antioxidants, which can help stave off the nasties that lead to our mouths having a bad odor.
Parsley contains chlorophyll that can help neutralize bad breath and also helps in digestion
Cloves help freshens breath and also contain antibacterial properties that are very helpful in getting rid of bad breath.
Keeping good oral health is vital to controlling bad breath.
This is regular tooth brushing, flossing and tongue scraping.
Drinking enough amount of water throughout the day is also important for keeping your breath fresh. Plus, after every meal, swish water around your mouth for a few seconds.
This will loosen food particles trapped between your teeth and clean your mouth.