Home remedies for bad breath

Halitosis is a sensitive topic. Few people respond when they perceive someone's bad breath. In most cases, a few simple measures could help.

Not only smokers and garlic fans suffer from bad breath. A problem with bad breath is that affected people do not even notice it in many cases. Even though it may be uncomfortable at first, one does a favor to one's loved one when approached. Finally, they have the chance to do something about it.

The causes of bad breath are many. In about 90 percent of cases, the reason lies in a lack of care of the oral cavity. Damaged teeth, tartar, a neglected hygiene of the interdental spaces and inflammation can be behind it.

A dry mouth, prolonged periods of starvation, or the consumption of alcohol, tobacco or strong-smelling foods such as garlic and onions can also trigger.

In rare cases, halitosis can also point to diseases that, if left untreated, can lead to major health problems. Therefore, if improving oral hygiene does not help, sufferers should seek medical advice.

How does bad breath appear?

In our mouth, countless microorganisms find ideal living conditions. The so-called oral flora in balanced condition actually has a meaningful function: it protects us from pathogens. However, if the balance gets out of balance, this is noticeable among other things by an unpleasant smell.

Certain bacteria decompose leftovers and cells from the oral mucosa. They live on the tongue, on and between the teeth and on the mucous membrane. This gives rise to volatile sulfur compounds. Inflammation and dead cells can also release gases that smell bad.

Normally, the saliva flushes leftover food, pathogens and dead cells. Regular brushing and flossing of the interdental spaces are usually sufficient to avoid bad-smelling breath.

However, if the mouth dries out or dental hygiene is neglected, the microorganisms multiply excessively. The result: bad smell due to the increased decay processes. Inflammations, tartar and attacked teeth are later in the episode, the bad breath even worse.

Which home remedies help against bad breath?

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have shown in a recent study that ginger helps against bad breath. An enzyme contained in the tuber degrades the sulfur compounds that bacteria produce in the decomposition of food particles.

The Berlin doctor Franziska Schindler favors gurging with sage tea. "The good thing about the sage tea is that it leaves the good oral flora in peace," says the doctor. In contrast, most chemical mouth and throat rinses would also destroy the beneficial bacteria in our oral cavity, but they are an important part of our immune system.

If inflammation causes the bad breath, Schindler recommends using myrrh tincture against it. A few drops are dissolved in a glass of water to rinse your mouth.

With a garlic, chew fresh parsley helps. "That usually takes away the smell completely."

Anyone who suffers from a dry mouth needs something that stimulates the flow of saliva. Lemon juice is particularly suitable for this: "Just bite a lemon sliver or drink it diluted with water," advises Schindler.

When should you go to the doctor?
If sufferers themselves can find no reason for the bad breath and does not improve due to a more intensive hygiene, it is advisable to see a doctor. There are many diseases that can cause bad breath.

In the case of diabetes, for example, so-called ketoacidosis can be used. "This creates a smell of acetone, such as nail polish remover," says Schindler. Ulcers in the mouth, in the esophagus or stomach area, can also be felt by bad odors. A particularly foul smell could indicate purulent almonds.

The doctor has a tip for people who suffer from strong halitosis especially in the morning after getting up: These should have their toxin levels checked. "Overnight, the body detoxifies - through the skin, through the urine, but also through the mucous membranes - a toxic smell on the body can cause a bad smell". A detoxification or deacidification could then be helpful.

Dr. med. Franziska Schindler is a specialist in general medicine and combines in her Berlin practice conventional medical healing methods with naturopathic procedures.


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