Here's How To Stop Bad Breath Once And For All

Bad breath is a sensitive subject. It is believed to affect up to 50% of the population and yet, we seldom talk about it. When someone has bad breath, no one wants to be the one to break the news. It is embarrassing. How could they not know? How do you really know if your breath stinks or not? Before you start to panic and do the breathe into your hand trick, we'll tell you the steps you need to take to get rid of bad breath, once and for all! One of the biggest issues lies in the fact that our typical means for achieving fresh breath, just don't work. Most mouthwashes today contain sodium chlorite, also referred to as chlorine dioxide. These mouthwashes claim to keep your breath fresh for hours but tests have shown that in reality, they are only able to do so for anywhere from 4 minutes to 42 minutes. They fail to stop the bacteria that causes bad breath in the first place. There are products on the market like Biotene that use two types of enzymes to break down biofilm and balance the bacteria populations. While they appear to eliminate bad breath, they only do so for a short period of time. A slightly more effective option would be to use essential oils like thyme, peppermint, wintergreen, or eucalyptus. Studies have found these solutions may help reduce inflammation and odour causing plaque. Another thing you may want to try is oil pulling. This ancient Ayurvedic Indian tradition involves swishing oil around in your mouth and 'pulling' it through your teeth. Do this for about 20 to 30 minutes. The best tasting oil to use is coconut oil but again, as with mouthwash, these oils will only work for a short time and do not address the underlying cause of the bad breath. In most cases, bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by odour causing microbes that live between the teeth and gums and on the tongue. These can be exacerbated by gum disease and gingivitis. There are also certain lifestyle choices that can be linked to bad breath. There are, for example, many prescription medications that can lead to reduced saliva production and dry mouth, which leads to bad breath. Breathing through your mouth, smoking, drinking alcohol and eating certain foods could also play a role. Natural Remedies for Bad Breath - Solutions One thing people don't think about when it comes to bad breath is the health of your digestive system. Your gut is full of good and bad bacteria. The ratio should be 85% good bacteria to 15% bad. If your gut flora is off, you could be vulnerable to health conditions that can cause bad breath. For example, a fishy smell could indicate kidney problems while a sweet smell could be a sign of diabetes. What you eat influences your gut bacteria. The worst foods for maintaining a balance are processed foods -- in particular, foods containing grains and sugars. Having an overabundance of bad gut bacteria can lead to poor nutrient absorption, which can lead to a whole host of illnesses. The way to fix this sort of imbalance is to eat whole foods, with one third of that food being raw. Eating fermented foods like kefir, yogurt and fermented vegetables can be really helpful to restoring a healthy bacteria balance in your mouth as well as your stomach. And although what you do and do not eat are important to your oral health, one of the most powerful ways to combat bad breath is through a solid oral care routine. Brushing and flossing are incredibly powerful tools for fighting bad breath. Try to avoid toothpastes that contain fluoride. Despite initial beliefs, fluoride is actually linked to poor oral health. If your mouth has a pH level that is too low, it can lead to your teeth becoming more porous, which then leads to plaque destroying the teeth -- definitely not good if you are looking to avoid bad breath. To neutralize the acids in your mouth, brush with baking soda at night. Or if you prefer, you can dissolve some in water and use it as a rinse. In the mornings, brush with a toothpaste that contains calcium and phosphate salts, or hydroxyapatite, which can restore minerals to your teeth. The key to stopping bad breath is to identify the source and treat that head on. However, in the meantime, balancing your gut/mouth flora will go a long way to keeping you fresh as a daisy. And as always, make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly. Have you suffered from chronic halitosis? Where did you find your solution? Source: Eat  Local Grown Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114738" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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