Bad breath treatments are target at curing unpleasant smelling that comes out of your mouth. Bad breath treatments can be done by using natural treatent that I will explain later. Bad breath is known as halitosis or mouth odour. Bad breath is an unpleasant odour coming out from the mouth. Bad breath can occur on occasion or it can be chronic condition. Bad breath or halitosis may be caused by foods a person eats, poor oral hygiene, diseases or other factors.
Bad breath or mouth odour can be smelt by the sufferer as well as others. Bad breath may happen as a result of malfunctioning of one or more organs and impaired metabolism. Bad breath is a consequence of a disease in certain part of the body.
In this write-up I will be sharing with you the causes, symptoms, prevention and bad breath treatments.
Wait! As you read through, these are what you’ll gain:
- You will know the causes of bad breath.
- You will know mouth odour or bad breath symptoms.
- How you can avoid bad breath and
- Bad breath treatments
Let me now lift the veil for you…
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath are caused by:
- Eating or drinking-smelling or spicy foods and drinks.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco.
- Crash dieting.
- Medical condition such as acid reflux or tonsillitis
- Dry mouth (xerostomia).
- Teeth cavities and gum disease.
- Poor dental hygiene and
- Problem with your teeth or gums such as gum disease, holes in your teeth or an infection.
Having explained causes of bad breath or mouth odour. Now let’s proceed to it symptoms.
What are bad breath symptoms?
It is generally easy to tell if you have had bad breath. Others may notice that someone has bad breath (halitosis) before the person who has does, another person may tell him or her about it or give such a person larger than normal personal space. The most obvious signs or symptoms of bad breath is noticing an unpleasant smell coming out from the mouth.
Other symptoms are:
- Coating on the tongue.
- Dry mouth and
- Unpleasant or sour taste.
Next is how you can prevent bad breath or mouth odour
- Do not brush so hard that your gums or tongue bleed.
- Do not take lot of sugary foods and drinks.
- Do not smoke.
- Use antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste.
- Brush your teeth and gum gently at least twice in a day for 2 minutes.
- keep your mouth moist by drinking water and chewing sugarless gum or sugar free chewing gum. Eat foods that need to be thoroughly chewed to keep saliva flowing such as carrots and apples.
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So far this write-up has focused on the bad breath causes, symptoms, and how it can be prevented. The following section will analyze available bad breath treatments.
Do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of bad breath. Use home remedies just as an adjunct treatment.
Bad Breath Treatments
1. ALOE VERA (Ebube agu in Igbo; Tinya in Hausa; Ahon Erin in Yoruba; Tinya in Hausa) Cut little part of fresh Aloe Vera leaf. Chew it and swish it around your mouth for 5 minutes. After that spit it out of your mouth and brush your teeth with tooth paste. It is very effective for bad breath treatment. Do it twice daily for 3 days for bad breath treatments.
2. FENUGREEK SEEDS (Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Ukpo Idooma in Idoma; Hulba, Ayoyo in Hausa; Ahenhea in Igbo; Atiavi in Tiv) Boil 1 tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds in water. Strain and drink when it is cool. Drink it twice daily for bad breath treatments.
3. OCCIMUM GRATISSIMUM (Doddoya in Hausa; Ewe Effinrin in Yoruba; Scent leaf, Basil leaf in English; Kunguleko in Tiv; Arigbe, Nchuanwu in Igbo; Ayeneba in Idoma; Ira in Urhobo) Chew fresh Scent or prepare fresh Scent leaves tea infusion and drink. Do it twice daily for bad breath treatments.
4. AZADIRACHTA INDICA (Neem in English; Dongoyaro, Bedi, Ko in Hausa; Cassia, Aforo in Yoruba; Ogwu akon in Igbo) Chew the twigs of Neem using it as chewing stick daily especially in the morning before brushing your teeth with tooth paste.
5. PEPPERMINT LEAVES (Ewe minti in Yoruba) Prepare tea infusion of peppermint leaves and drink 250 ml of the tea infusion slowly when it is lukewarm. It is good for bad breath treatment.
Or: Chew fresh Peppermint leaves in the morning.
Or: You may add Peppermint leaves in your diet.
6. EPSOM SALT: Put 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in a cup of lukewarm water. Gargle with it in your mouth. Do it once a day in every 3 days for two weeks. After that do it once in every 5 days.
7. CORIANDER LEAVES: Chew fresh leaves of Coriander every day before brushing your teeth with toothpaste.
8. GINGER (Chitta in Hausa; Atale in Yoruba; Jinja in Igbo) Put half tablespoon of Ginger in 200 ml cup of lukewarm. Swish it around your mouth after your meal and spit out. Do it once a day.
9. CLOVES (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa) Chew 1 or 2 piece (s) of Cloves once a day.
Or: Boil some Cloves in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Drink half of and gargle with the rest of the decoction.
10. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV) It contains antibacterial properties that reduces bad breath and restores the mouth PH balance which makes good for bad breath treatment. Put 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered ACV into 200 ml water. Swish the solution around your mouth for 3 to 4 minutes and spit it out. Rinse your mouth with water.
11. THYME : It contains antibacterial properties that helps in bad breath treatments. Prepare Thyme leaves tea decoction. Gargle with it 2 times in a day for bad breath treatments.
12. LEMON JUICE (Ruwa baba lemu in Hausa; Omi osan ganyin in Hausa; Itie akpaenfi in Urhobo; Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo) Put 1 tablespoon of Lemon juice in 50 ml of lukewarm in water, swish it around your mouth once you wake in the morning and before bedtime at night and spit it out once you are done.
13. BAKING SODA: Mix half teaspoon of Baking Soda with half teaspoon of Lemon juice to form a paste. Gently rub the paste on your teeth and allow it to remain for 1 minute and rinse your mouth with water after spitting it out. Do it once in every 5 days.
14. Grind dried BASIL LEAVES (Ewe Effinrin in Yoruba; Ayeneba in Idoma; Kunguleko in Tiv; it’s in Urhobo; Doddoya in Hausa; ira in Urhobo; Arigbe, Nchuanwu in Igbo) in to powder and mix with similar quantity of either MUSTARD SEED OIL or COCONUT OIL (Mai alayadi in Hausa; Mmanu Aki beke in Igbo; Adiagbon in Yoruba; Ano ipari in Idoma; Ori kokodia in Urhobo). Use it to brush your your once a day.
15. Put 1 teaspoon of CINNAMON POWDER (Oloorun in Yoruba; Kirfa in Hausa) Mix with 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey in 100 ml of lukewarm water. Gargle with it and spit it out once you’re through. Do it once a day.