Bad breath can be so offensive that it may make you gag. Not willing to accept you have a problem? Okay, take the palm of your hand, hold it close to your mouth and breathe into it. Smell the air that comes out, if it is no way repulsive to you or even the slightest bit smelly, then chances are you have good oral hygiene. But if you yourself feel nauseous and horrified by what came out your mouth, then my friend you have a problem – bad breath.

 

You know people have broken relationships because of bad breath, no one wants bad breath when you are kissing. People have lost out of plum job postings because of foul breath, it’s a turn off and many have been known to go into depression on finding no one wants to be near them.

 

Worry not, the situation can be redeemed.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

 

You also need to be informed that instead of spraying your mouth with freshners and stuffing it with peppermints after every meal, mumbling when you talk, you might actually have a medical problem. It is called Halitosis. The smell is caused by the imbalance of bacteria in your month. Visiting a doctor if the problem persists is the best advice we can give you. Sometimes halitosis can be caused by gum disease, gastric reflux, sinus discharge, diabetes, tonsil, or other gum related issues.

 

These items from the kitchen can help you in case the need for a quick fix arises and you can thank us later.

 

Water

 

Stay hydrated, not eating and not drinking water can cause the bacteria to act up. Drink plenty of water and swish cool water around in your mouth. This is especially helpful to freshen “morning breath.”

 

Methi (fenugreek Seeds/uluva)

 

Boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water. Strain and drink this tea once daily until you get rid of the problem.

 

Lemon
 

Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind for a mouth- freshening burst of flavor. (Wash the rind thoroughly first.) The citric acid will stimulate the salivary glands—and fight bad breath.

Cloves and Cardamom

Chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds.

 

OTHER FIXES

 

Brush after every meal and floss, preferably twice a day.

 

Scrape your tongue each morning with a tongue scraper or spoon to decrease the bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that can cause odour.
 

Gum and mint freshners