A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bad Breath
I had a question the other day about bad breath.
Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can happen because of bad dental health habits or it can be a sign of other health problems.
Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
As foods are digested, they’re absorbed into your blood stream, which eventually go to your lungs and then are given off in your breath.
If you eat foods with strong odors, brushing and flossing only cover up the odor temporarily.
The odor won’t go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.
If you don’t brush and floss your teeth daily, food particles can stay in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth.
This causes bad breath.
Also, odor-causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath if dentures aren’t properly cleaned.
Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath, stain your teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate your gums.
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be warning signs of gum disease.
A dry mouth can also cause bad breath.
Dry mouth may be caused by side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through your mouth.
Many other diseases and illnesses can cause bad breath.
To deal with bad breath it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Alfalfa supplies chlorophyll, which cleanses your bloodstream and colon, where bad breath often begins.
*Use myrrh (to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth), peppermint, rosemary, and sage. (Don’t use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.)
*Chewing a sprig of parsley after meals is an excellent treatment for bad breath. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, the active ingredient in many popular breath mints.
*Other herbs may be helpful for bad breath including anise, cloves, and fennel.
*Go on a 5-day organic raw foods diet. After the fast, eat at least 50% of your food raw every day. This is a good routine diet to adhere to on an ongoing basis.
*Avoid spicy foods, whose odors can linger for hours. Foods like anchovies, blue cheese, Camembert, garlic, onions, pastrami, pepperoni, Roquefort cheese, salami, and tuna leave oils in your mouth and release odor for up to 24 hours, no matter how much you brush or gargle. Beer, coffee, whiskey, and wine leave residues that stick to the soft, sticky plaque on teeth and get into your digestive system.
*Avoid foods that get stuck between your teeth easily or cause tooth decay, like meat, stringy vegetables, and sweets, especially sticky sweets.
*Go on a cleansing fast with fresh lemon juice and water to detoxify your system.
*Brush your teeth and tongue after every meal.
*Use a tongue scraper to help remove bacterial plaque and shed dead cells and food debris from the surface of your tongue.
*Replace your toothbrush every month, as well as after any infectious illness, to prevent bacteria buildup.
*Use dental floss and a chlorophyll mouthwash daily. Use a small brush or rubber-tipped dental tool in between teeth to remove any remaining food after you’ve flossed.
*Don’t use commercial mouthwashes. Most contain nothing more than flavoring, dye, and alcohol. While they may kill the bacteria causing bad breath, the bacteria soon return in greater force. Mouthwashes can also irritate your gums, tongue, and mucous membranes in your mouth.
*Have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months.
*Bad breath may be a sign of an underlying health problem. Consult your health care provider for a thorough checkup if these suggestions don’t improve the condition.
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