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Efficient Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Its funny how most people who have bad breath don't even know it while the ones who have nothing to worry about are constantly worried about theirs. Bad breath involves personal hygiene which makes it a very delicate issue.

In medical terms, bad breath could be called Halitosis, though it is treated lightly, it is a very serious problem as it makes the most attractive of persons sound or look like the dirtiest people in just a moment.
The main causes of this halitosis are hole in the teeth(cavities), gingivitis, poor oral hygiene, periodontitis, coated tongue and odour causing foods.
Other reasons include medication malnutrition, dry mouth, diabetes, stress, reduced immunity, dental issues caused by residue from acid forming foods( such as sugar and protein) sticking to the teeth, tongue and mouth. When there is a less production of saliva ( which acts as antimicrobial agents.) by the salivary glands, it produces bad odour from your mouth.
 Certain foods, chemicals, drinks and spices like garlic, onions, curries, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol can also result in temporary halitosis.

Basically, saliva aids the digestion process of the food we consume, and thus several noxious substances arise like the overgrowth of the anaerobic gram ( negative bacteria that hides inside the crevices of the mouth) which results in halitosis.

Home Remedies For Bad Breath
We've come up with these 'Do it yourself' home remedies to help fight bad breath.

1. Lemons

Lemon along with other citrus fruits are very effective in treating this problematic odour causing bacteria due to its strong antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
Lemons (including its rinds) are enriched with citric acids and vitamin C that helps to control the growth of bacteria. This will prevent the colonization of bacteria and excess mucous from forming on the tongue and gum line.

Lemon Drink – Squeeze some fresh lemon juice in a large glass of pure filtered water. Stir properly and drink this lemon water in the morning with an empty stomach on daily basis.

Have It Fresh – Cut the lemons into small pieces and chew right after meals or throughout the day to get a refreshing flavor.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda contains some antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties which helps fight against harmful bacteria that stick around in the mouth. It neutralizes the pH levels in the body and stimulates the saliva production to clear the bacteria and also aids proper digestion.

This is how Baking Soda can be used to battle Halitosis:
 Baking Soda Drink – Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of distilled water to make an effective mouth rinse to beat bad breath.‎

Brushing Technique – Brush your teeth normally and then sprinkle some baking soda on your toothbrush. Use it to brush your teeth for 2 minutes and then rinse off thoroughly with water.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to clear the odour causing bacteria. It is also one of the best ways to balance the pH levels of the mouth, which helps to break down and clear the bacteria that cause bad breath.

This amazing drink clears the halitosis that’s caused due to heartburn, ulcers, lactose intolerance, gluten allergies and other gastrointestinal (GI) diseases.

ACV Application
ACV Drink – Stir 1 tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of pure water (prefer lukewarm water). Drink it to get rid of the bad breath. You can also add a little of raw honey and Ceylon cinnamon to enhance its taste.

Gargle Method – Add 1 teaspoon of organic ACV in a cup of water. Stir and use it to swish all around the mouth for a few minutes. Gargle but you should not swallow the mix.

4. Herbs
There are many herbs used to get rid of bad breath. It is aromatic, flavorful, nutritious, and has chlorophyll. The chlorophyll has a natural deodorizer and chewing these herbs will stimulate the saliva to fight off the harmful bacteria.

Chew – Chew any herb like rosemary, peppermint, sage, parsley, thyme, mint, cilantro or basil after your meal. Chewing these herbs instead of a gum helps to get rid of bad breath and aids proper digestion.

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