Bad breath is a condition that is often a result of poor oral hygiene habits, but it can also signify there may be an underlying problem that would need dental assessment. If you have bad breath, your first course of action should be to see a dentist to rule out a problem with your teeth. If you have chronic halitosis (which is reoccurring bad breath) there are several things you can do to try to alleviate the smell. Here are some natural ways to combat bad breath.
Avoid Dry Mouth
Bad breath is often worse when your mouth feels dry because it will breed bacteria. Moisturizing your mouth by drinking water will wash away any bad smells. If you do not have water readily accessible, eat something in order to get your salivary glands working. This will help keep your mouth wet, taking away the odor associated with bad breath in the process.
Eat Foods That Mask Odor
There are many foods that you can use to mask the odor of chronic halitosis. Eating crunch vegetables will help fight against bad breath while giving you a healthy snack in the process. Vegetables such as celery and parsley are known to help take away odor. Citrus fruits are also great foods to munch on if you want to take away the smell of your breath.
If you fail to keep something in your stomach during the day, acids will build up, aiding in a worse smell. Eating small snacks will keep your stomach busy by using the acids to work on the food instead of having it emitted through your breath.
Use Things In Your Spice Cabinet
There are several spices that help in keeping breath fresh. Try sucking on a clove to keep your breath from becoming too pungent. When putting it in your mouth, bend it slightly with your tongue so that the antibacterial properties from within will be released. Move it around your mouth for several minutes before spitting out. Anise, fennel seeds and cinnamon sticks are also useful in keeping away bad breath.
Baking soda can be a bad breath eliminator, as well. Sprinkle some baking soda on top of your toothpaste when you get ready to brush your teeth. Baking soda can neutralize acid in your mouth, making bad breath much less in intensity. You could also make a toothpaste from a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a quarter cup of water. Mix thoroughly and use to brush your teeth for a quick fix. Contact Four Corners Dental Group for more information on fighting bad breath.