Bad breath can be embarrassing and can have many causes like improper hygiene, or a deeper health problem related to the gut or rotten teeth.
It is a common concern that a person’s breath can be off-putting, and most of us take intervention each day to ensure that we don’t have bad breath when we approach others. But, sometimes conventional methods like gum, mouthwash and toothpaste do not do the job, or are out of reach for the moment.
There are many natural and chemical quick fixes for when you are in a pinch to combat bad breath, as well as long-term solutions. If you suspect that your bad breath stems from a health-related issue, be sure to seek medical intervention and nip the problem in the bud.
A lesser known natural remedy for a good smelling mouth, parsley is packed with chlorophyll; which has cleansing and bacteria-fighting properties.
All you need to do is chew on fresh leaves after each meal. Studies have shown that parsley can effectively combat foul sulphur compounds.
Don’t throw away your orange peels just yet. Keep a few peels in your purse for when you need a quick breath freshener. They may taste quite bitter, but orange peels have citric acid, which stimulates the salivary glands and encourages the flow of breath-freshening saliva, says Readers Digest.
A lot of the bacteria that causes bad breath can find a home on your tongue! It sounds gross, but scraping off the residue that forms layers on your tongue can effectively combat bad breath. You can even purchase a tongue scraper to keep alongside your toothbrush. Hygienist, Pamela L. Quinones, past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association says: “They’re designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area. This removes bacteria, food debris and dead cells that brushing alone can’t take care of.”