Halitosis (bad breath) is not only an embarrassing social problem, but a frequent oral cavity disorder, which occurs with increasing intensity as age increases. In this in-depth look at what causes it and possible natural remedies to combat bad breath.
Bad breath: a very common disorder
Do you have bad breath? If yes you will be fully aware that this inconvenience can lead to considerable difficulty in being comfortable with yourself and others. It can also cause serious damage to the quality of interpersonal relationships.
Breathlessness can strike at all ages and depend on a variety of factors, and it is estimated that about one in four people deal with this problem at least occasionally.
But fear not: with this guide we will explain how to correctly frame the problem and the natural remedies that can help you overcome this difficulty.
Halitosis tends to be predominantly associated with problems in digestion, but there are, of course, other habits that can promote the problem as well:
- a bad oral hygiene
- an improper diet and particularly high in milk protein, smoking or fasting.
In the most severe cases, however, halitosis, in addition to being an embarrassing problem, can be a symptom of diseases that should be investigated and addressed. But let’s go in order.
The causes of halitosis
As we said in the introduction, bad breath originates in most cases directly from the oral cavity.
Typically, it is the residual foods in our mouths that-accomplice to inadequate oral hygiene-go rotten and, as a result of a series of chemical reactions with the bacteria responsible for plaque, produce the characteristic odor of bad breath.
Common causes of this problem are:
- unclean dentures
- tooth abscesses or gum disease
- insufficient hydration of the oral mucosa.
But the causes or concomitant causes of halitosis can be really many. It could be stress and related digestive problems, as well as excessive consumption of alcohol or foods that can aggravate the problem. For example, foods high in sugar, dairy products, or foods with a lot of garlic, but even coffee with its acidic pH does not help.
Or even the habit of inhaling only through the mouth or smoking for smokers. In short, it is rarely a single factor, but a combination of factors.
Halitosis: natural and effective remedies
All of the above causes can be remedied with a series of good habits and a number of natural remedies.
- Oral hygiene. We refer not only to brushing teeth regularly, including flossing, but also to caring for the oral cavity with appropriate mouthwashes. A further remedy related to oral hygiene consists in the use of the tongue cleaner. It is a tool that allows you to remove any patina present on the tongue, which can be an indication of bad digestion.
- Correct diet. It’s not just a matter of reducing foods rich in the ingredients we saw earlier that can promote the problem. A good and healthy habit to naturally counteract bad breath is the regular consumption of an appropriate daily amount of water and fruits and vegetables, which ensure the stimulation of saliva production. In particular, some spices and foods can help in counteracting bad breath. Sedan, rich in water, can also be consumed as a mouth disinfectant.
- Importance of digestion. Anything that facilitates better digestion, such as appropriate herbal teas and decoctions. Activated vegetable charcoal is an important natural remedy, too.
Natural herbal remedies for halitosis
Here we get help from the various herbs and spices with disinfectant and antibacterial properties, which promote a decrease in oral microbial load.
In addition to the classic mint, we can mention anise and liquorice and especially various essential oils, including:
- Tea tree oil: a daily rinsing with 10-15 drops in the form of a 15% lotion in half a glass of water is an ideal remedy. And it has no contraindications.
- Lemon essential oil: excellent for its antibacterial and disinfectant properties. Also very useful for body care and beauty in general.
- Essential oil of sage: due to its purifying and antibacterial properties. A daily rinse with 5 drops of this essential oil or a couple of drops in a teaspoon of lemon honey will help.
And if the causes of halitosis are not in the oral cavity?
A temporary phenomenon of halitosis usually results from poor eating habits and especially insufficient oral hygiene. But how do we know that bad breath depends on these causes and is not an indicator of something else?
First, before a diagnosis, we can adopt those good habits and natural remedies indicated to see if the situation improves.
Having only beneficial effects on our health, if they will not independently solve the problem, they certainly will not hurt, in fact, they will do good in a number of different aspects.
If we are unable to solve the problem, then referral to the medical specialist becomes mandatory.
Bad breath could be a symptom of respiratory diseases, digestive system, diabetes or kidney problems.
Diagnosis will be made using a special device (halitometer), recourse to the BANA Test, and gas chromatography.