Have you noticed people keeping a safe distance from you off late? Or maybe, each time you open your mouth to say anything, you find people around you disappearing rapidly? Do you have too many people coming up to you and politely offering breath mint, even if you haven’t eaten especially smelly? If you haven’t taken the hint yet, I will have to spell it out for you in very loud words – you have a bad breath problem, girl! What are you going to do about it? You can’t chomp on chewing gum the whole day or wash your mouth every half an hour. Why not try these home remedies? They are known to be highly effective and don’t cost a bomb either!
1. Baking Soda for Your Tongue
Use baking soda to brush the back of your tongue. It changes the pH balance of your mouth, removing the residual toxic and foul acid that are responsible for creating bad breath. The effect is almost immediate – you will be able to see a dramatic difference.
2. Aloe Vera to the Rescue
Add a bit of aloe vera to your toothpaste. It has the ability to kill bad breath causing bacteria, viruses, and fungus in the mouth and is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well.
3. Drink Water
Xerostomia or Dry Mouth is a condition where saliva production decreases. A common side effect of dry mouth is bad breath. Drink plenty of water to moisten your mouth. This will also wash down any residue that might be lingering around.
4. Make a Mouthwash with Tea Tree & Peppermint Oil
Tea tree and peppermint oils are known for their antibacterial property, especially the former which is hailed as a very powerful disinfectant. Make your own mouthwash at home. It is pretty simple - all you have to do is add a drop of the oil to a cup of water. Sip this mixture, swirl it around in your mouth and spit it out.
5. Clear Your Sinuses
If you suffer from sinus infection, cold or season allergies, you might also develop an unpleasant odor in your mouth. In addition to the antibiotics you are using to treat the condition, you can also use a saline solution to wash the nasal passage. This greatly helps in relieving sinus congestion.
6. Clean Your Tongue
When it comes to your cleaning the mouth, most people generally ignore the tongue simply because they are not aware of the benefits of cleaning it. Cleaning the tongue helps remove food particles on the surface. Not only that – it also gets rid of any germs, bacteria, and plaque there may be in your mouth that are responsible for bad breath and tooth decay. So, along with your toothbrush, arm yourself with another weapon...a tongue scraper.
7. Eat Your Greens
Green vegetables have chemoprotein chlorophyll, which works as an internal purifier and neutralizes the bad breath causing toxins. One on-the-spot mouth freshener is parsley. Chewing on it shows almost instantaneous results. If your problem is persistent, clean your system with a glass of green juice every day.
Bad breath is a rather embarrassing problem, one that even best friends or spouses might hesitate to bring to your notice. Have you ever been in such a situation? How did you deal with it?
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