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Diagnosing Bad Breath
Bad breath (halitosis) can be difficult for the affected individual to diagnose as our sense of smell habituates itself to any lingering odour, such that we become less sensitive to it.
Ask any smoker if they can smell the obvious odour clinging to their hands and clothes and they will probably say no, even though it is clearly obvious to non-smokers. Similarly, we become less sensitive to the odour of our breath, to the point where we cannot even distinguish it.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Quick Fix: For a temporary solution chew on a mint leaf, or mix up a mint mouthwash. Add chopped mint to black tea for a revitalising and refreshing drink.
Chewing on Cardamom is also very effective as Cardamom actually kills bad breath bacteria.
Among the several home remedies for halitosis, the use of fenugreek has proved most effective. A tea made from the seeds of this vegetable should be taken regularly for correcting the condition. This tea is prepared by putting one teaspoon of seeds in half a litre of cold water and allowing it to simmer for fifteen minutes over a low flame. It should then be strained and used as tea.
Time for Tea!
Researchers from the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago say compounds in tea can slow the growth of bacteria in our mouths, which is the primary cause of bad breath. The magic ingredients are antioxidants called polyphenols, and they are found in both green and black teas. The bacteria "make horrible, smelly stuff," lead study author Christine D. Wu explained to Reuters in an interview. "That's why we get bad breath."
Tea's polyphenols not only inhibit three species of bacteria that cause halitosis, but also stop an enzyme that causes the formation of hydrogen sulfide--the ultimate culprit for rotten breath.
But here's the catch: Tea won't actually sweeten your breath. So don't throw out the mouthwash just yet. "All we can say is that a cup of tea will produce more than enough of these active materials to affect the bacteria," she said.
There are a number of natural commercial products available which will freshen your breath and aid in the control of odour-causing bacteria. Halitonic from Native Remedies is known to be highly effective.
How then does one tell if halitosis is a problem? You can pick up clues by the way people behave around you, possibly keeping their distance and angling their heads slightly when you speak to them. The only sure-fire way however is for someone to tell you. Ask a close friend if being close to you is unpleasant in any way. If they are able to answer you honestly it may be the biggest favour anyone has done you.
Once you know you have a problem you need to sort it out, otherwise your social life is definitely going to suffer! There are many causes for bad breath, some of which are listed below. Identifying the problem will provide the answer as to how best to treat it.
Tooth Decay: One of the main causes of halitosis is tooth decay. If this is the reason you are suffering, then you need dental treatment. Tooth decay is extremely difficult to treat with natural remedies.
Oral Bacteria: Even in the absence of overt tooth decay, one can harbour certain types of bacteria in the mouth which cause bad breath. This can be treated by fastidious oral hygiene, brushing your teeth and tongue carefully a number of times a day. Use a natural mouthwash with antibacterial properties to assist in treating the problem. Certain compounds in black and green tea are said to be effective against oral bacteria.
Diet: A poor diet, high in saturated fats and highly processed carbohydrates, can be responsible for bad breath. The solution here is obvious. Include more fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, and use a natural mouthwash to freshen breath.
Specific Foods: Certain foods, particularly herbs and spices, can cause one's breath to temporarily take on a strong odour. A good example of this is garlic. This is obviously temporary, reverting to normal within twenty four hours and so seldom poses a problem. A natural mouthwash will help to make you breath more pleasant in the meantime.
There are of course other causes of bad breath, but those listed above are the most common and the most easily treated. Don't suffer needlessly over something which can generally be easily treated.
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“I can recommend Halitonic to anyone who has suffered from halitosis. This product has really worked for me.”-Denzil J