Tips To Beating Halitosis Naturally

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Nobody want to deal with bad breath. If you are suffering from halitosis, chances are your confidence has taken a blow as interacting with people can prove to be quite awkward. If your halitosis is chronic, then it is best advised to seek out the services of a dentist to have a medical examination. Some cases of extreme bad breath stem from health conditions that would have to be treated for your halitosis to be eliminated. In other instances though, your bad breath may be due to neglecting your body and some natural remedies may help you beat it. Here are some handy tips to beating halitosis naturally.

Incorporate probiotics into your diet

If your digestive system is not in good health, chances are one of the symptoms will be bad breath. Urban diets today are loaded with toxins as people opt for fast food and make other unhealthy food choices. Over time, these will have a negative effect on your digestive system and one of the signs will be halitosis. Other signs to look out for include being constipated, experiencing excessive gas, sluggish bowel movements and more. The good news is that this can be remedied by probiotics. There are a couple of ways that you can incorporate probiotics into your diet. The first would be eating food rich in probiotics such as fermented sauerkraut, natural yogurt and regularly drinking kombucha tea. The other option would be to seek over-the-counter options in the form of supplements. If your halitosis is a symptom of poor stomach health, then it should be eliminated, as you will be nipping the problem from the bud.

Opt for raw fruits and vegetables

Another of the causes of bad breath is excessive sugar in your mouth, leading to plaque and making your mouth a healthy breeding ground for the wrong bacteria. To combat this, it would be best advised to ditch the sugary treats and opt for natural fruits and vegetables instead. Crunchy foods such as apples, celery, carrots can help in a number of ways. For one, chewing them scrapes your tongue and teeth, thus inhibiting the build-up of plaque. In addition to this, crunchy fruits and vegetable stimulate the production of saliva, which cleans your mouth of the by-products emitted by bacteria.

Regularly gargle a saline solution

Brushing your teeth may get rid of food debris and plaque on your teeth, but it is not effective in cleaning your tonsils and throat. If your halitosis is caused by bacteria in these areas, regularly gargling salt water should eliminate the bad breath.


21 August 2015

Dental Health: Not To Be Taken For Granted

As a retired dentist, I work with charities which visit developing countries and educate children about dental care. It gives me great satisfaction to revisit these communities and see how proud the children are of their efforts. I am acutely aware that good dental hygiene can help prevent a range of serious conditions when these children become older. I started this blog because it greatly distresses me that many people in Australia do not seem to care for their teeth as much as children in these poor communities. This is happening despite ready access to items like toothbrushes and toothpaste which are luxuries in the places I visit. It is my hope that this blog encourages you not to take dental health for granted. My greatest wish is that you can be as inspired as the children I see in my charity work. Please read on and enjoy.