Halitosis (bad breath) is an embarrassing condition, and it affects over 80 million people globally. It is characterized by a white coating on the tongue and the production of thick saliva among other issues. Discussed below are the causes and natural treatments for halitosis.
To start with, a buildup of bad bacteria in the mouth is the major cause. When one does not properly brush and floss their teeth after a meal, some food particles remain in the mouth. With time, the particles decompose, and they cause bad odors. The decomposed foods also offer a good environment for bacteria to thrive, thus worsening the situation. The natural cure for this type of bad breath is maintaining proper dental hygiene. Brushing well at least twice a day with a soft brush and flossing regularly can easily solve the problem. Tongue cleaning also helps when done in a gentle manner from the back towards the front of the tongue.
Another cause is the type of foods that a person includes in their diet. Spicy foods and acidic beverages tend to leave a lingering smell in the mouth. Additionally, chemicals in certain flavored foods get into the bloodstream and are then breathed out from the lungs. Some foods also cause belching and stomach upsets, which further contribute to bad breath. This type of bad breath is usually short lasting, and one can easily cure it by avoiding such foods.
Certain medication plays a role in causing halitosis. This happens when they are broken down in the body, and they release chemicals that are carried to the breath. Examples of such drugs include antihistamines and some chemotherapy medication that have bad breath as a side effect. In this case, it is advisable for one to contact the doctor so that such drugs can be changed where possible.
Using tobacco products is yet another cause of halitosis. Such products leave tobacco particles in the throat and lungs. Such particles are the cause of the stale smell experienced by people who use those products. In particular, smoking increases a person’s risk of developing gum disease, thus causing bad breath. The best way out in this case is to quit smoking and to avoid tobacco products. However, other natural ingredients such as aloe vera can help combat smokers’ breath.
Having a dry mouth also causes bad breath by affecting the flow of saliva. Normally, cleanses the mouth thus removing particles that may cause bad odor. Lack of saliva leads to a buildup of dry, dead cells in the mouth, and when these cells rot, they produce an unpleasant smell. This condition can be cured by staying hydrated as this moistens the mouth and chewing gum to stimulate the flow of saliva. It is also advisable to breathe through the nose instead of using the mouth as this would cause dryness, resulting in bad breath.
Halitosis can also be caused by infections in the mouth. Such infections can arise from tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores, and surgical wounds after oral surgery. In this case, treating the mouth infection usually solves the problem of bad breath.
In conclusion, it is important to note that using mouthwash and breath mints only masks the bad smell but does not address the underlying causes. As such, it is important to take other helpful measures such as making dietary changes and maintaining good dental hygiene. Such steps offer a lasting solution to halitosis.