Efficient ways to cure bad breath
No one wants to be around someone with bad breath. While bad breath may be rather easy to sort out in most cases, sometimes the underlying cause requires a bit more effort. For example, your teeth’ alignment can create bad breath on its own. In that case, you may want to look into one of the best teeth alignment solutions. At other times, you may need dental disease treatment, adjust your diet, or scrape your tongue. Or you may simply need to utilize some of the well-known home remedies. Either way, this article will provide you with some of the most efficient ways to cure bad breath, as well as show you what causes bad breath in the first place.
What causes bad breath?
Here are some of the most commonly known things to induce bad breath in a person:
- Tobacco products
- Mouth infections
- Dry mouth
- Poor oral hygiene
Do note that bad breath from time to time is easily remedied while chronic bad breath usually indicates a more serious medical condition. Bad breath may even be one of the warning signs that you need braces, too. If you happen to be suffering from bad breath for a prolonged period of time, you need to visit your dentist and identify the cause.
But for most people, the abovementioned things will be the cause of their bad breath. Luckily, most of them are rather easy to fix. You can “simply” stop smoking if your bad breath is tobacco-related, and you can stay away from certain foods (more on this later). As for poor dental hygiene, you can either improve it on your own or visit your dentist more regularly. There are numerous solutions to dry mouth, including drinking cold water, sucking on ice cubes, using lip balm, etc.
But if your bad breath is caused by mouth infections, the problem gets a bit harder to fix. Not impossible, of course, but you may need to adjust your lifestyle for the time being. Your dentist will be able to tell you more. Now that you know what may cause bad breath, it is time to find out what the most effective solutions are.
The most efficient ways to cure bad breath
If you are looking for a “quick” fix, without relying on any homemade solutions, here’s what you can try:
- Mouth rinse/Toothpaste
- Dental disease treatment
- Tongue scraping
- Adjusting your diet
You may also want to start drinking more water throughout the day. Do not replace water with a soda, as they may dry your mouth instead. Water helps your mouth produce saliva, which in turn helps your mouth stay clean and prevent bacteria from taking root. Thus, drinking plenty of water is extremely helpful when you want to maintain your oral health. But water on its own is usually not enough.
If your bad breath is caused due to plaque or bacteria buildup on your teeth, a mouth rinse can be the perfect solution. Consult your dentist for a particular brand. Furthermore, some toothpaste options contain antibacterial agents that may prevent any further plaque buildup. This is the easiest option to apply and it has a good chance to remove the cause of bad breath on its own. It is also a great option when coping with dental anxiety, as you will have something that you can do on your own at home. The next option requires several visits to the dentist’s office.
Dental disease treatment
Gum diseases are extremely common. You may not even know you have one until you start feeling intense pain. Bad breath is usually one of the earliest symptoms of dental disease. If this is the cause, your best option is to visit a periodontist (gum specialist). Depending on the severity of the disease, you may need professional cleaning or even replacing some of your tooth restorations. One of the qualities of a good orthodontist is being able to identify exactly what contributes to your dental disease, after all. That said, dental disease treatment is usually not required for most people that experience bad breath, as the source is usually something else.
Your tongue can also be the source of your bad breath. The coating on the tongue can host bacteria and cause bad breath. If this happens to be the case, all you need to do is simply brush your tongue with your toothbrush. And if this happens to be uncomfortable for you, you can always use a tongue scraper. These devices are specially designed to apply the same pressure across the entire tongue area surface. Scraping your tongue will remove the possibility of bacteria breeding ground, as well as food debris and dead cells alike.
Adjusting your diet
Oftentimes, the simplest solution is also the most effective one. In fact, most cases of bad breath can be cured simply by changing what you eat. You might want to lay off the onions and garlic for a bit, as well as remove as many sugary foods from your diet that you can. You may also want to introduce more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Adjusting your diet is one of the best efficient ways to cure bad breath, due to the fact that you are removing the source of the problem. And if you happen to be wearing braces, we have an excellent guide to meal planning with braces, which will get you up to speed.
But let’s say that you are unwilling to make the change, that all that you want are remedies that can support your chosen lifestyle.
Efficient home remedies for curing bad breath
Bad breath is not a modern condition. People have been struggling with bad breath since time immemorial. Here are some of the most efficient solutions to date:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Warm salt water rinse
- Homebrew mouthwash
- Tea tree oil
Chewing on cloves will instantly freshen your breath. Furthermore, cloves are excellent in fighting off cavity-inducing bacteria, making them essential in your day-to-day oral hygiene. You don’t need to chew on cloves all the time, a few cloves per day will do. As an additional note, try to stay clear of powdered cloves or clove oil. These have been known to cause burns in some people’s mouths.
Apple cider vinegar
If the underlying cause of your bad breath is garlic or onion consumption, apple cider vinegar is the perfect solution. All you need to do is add a healthy splash of apple cider vinegar to a small glass of water and gargle the mixture for around 30 seconds. Don’t drink the mixture, though, as that may cause some other issues. Simply spit it out when you’re done.
Warm salt water rinse
One of the best natural, and most efficient ways to cure bad breath, is to simply rinse your mouth with some salt water. And you don’t even need the sea for it, you can make it in your home on your own! What you want to do is create a certain mixture, about 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon of salt to every eight ounces of warm water. But this time you don’t want to gargle the mixture but swish it around your mouth instead. Do this for around thirty seconds before spitting it out. You may need to repeat the process several times for maximum effect.
If you are averse to purchasing a branded mouthwash, you can make one from everyday ingredients. Also, a homebrew solution can work even when a branded mouthwash will not. This is because most of the mouthwashes that you can buy contain traces of alcohol in them. You may want to know the differences between alcohol and alcohol-free mouthwash before making a purchase. Or you can make one on your own!
To make homebrew, alcohol-free, mouthwash, you will need half a tablespoon of cinnamon, two lemons, one and a half teaspoons of honey, and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Squeeze the juice out of the lemons and mix them with the rest of the ingredients before pouring them into a container of your choice. This mouthwash will stay fresh for up to two weeks but it is advisable that you use it up before that.
Tea tree oil
Lastly, you can utilize tea tree oil as an excellent mouth freshener. All you need to do is apply a few drops onto your toothpaste before brushing your teeth. You can also brush with the tea tree oil itself but make sure that you brush with toothpaste before or after, as well. Finally, you can simply mix a few tea tree oil drops with some warm water and use the mixture as a mouth rinse. As far as efficient ways to cure bad breath go, you can’t go wrong with tea tree oil!
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