Having a piece of spinach stuck on your teeth while showing off your most charming smile is funny and extremely embarrassing. This scenario is a staple in most comedies and what’s worse is it can happen in real life. This can definitely ruin your chances of having a second date. As embarrassing as this situation is, there is something much worse that could happen. Having bad breath. It might be funny when portrayed in movies and TV shows but it is a sign of deeper dental health issues and should not be taken lightly.
We all know that halitosis or bad breath is caused by dental issues like cavities, gum disease and bacteria build-up in the mouth. There are also other factors like hormonal changes, your lifestyle and in some cases your diet. The most common and effective way of preventing halitosis is to practice good dental hygiene. The good news is, there are other ways or remedies that you can try to prevent or treat this embarrassing condition. Check out these natural remedies before going to the dentist.
Drink Lots Of Water
One of the causes of bad breath is the bacteria build-up in the mouth. Bacterial growth is accelerated if there are food debris stuck in between your teeth. While brushing and flossing can easily prevent this, there are times that it is not possible to brush your teeth immediately after a meal. If brushing your teeth is not possible, just drink lots of cool water to wash down any stuck food debris. Swishing water in your mouth and spitting it out is another great alternative to clean your mouth. Drinking water also prevents dry mouth which encourages bacterial growth.
Eat Fennel Seeds
Fennels seeds are not only good at spicing up your food, but it is also great at covering up stinky breath. It also has natural antiseptic properties that help in limiting bacterial growth in the mouth. Stock up on fennels seeds and start chewing to say goodbye to bad breath.
Fennel seeds by Anthony The Spice Maker
Chew On Parsley, Mint, Basil Or Cilantro
Parsely, mint, basil and cilantro are rich in chlorophyll which is known to neutralize odors. Chew on a fresh sprig if you want to get rid of any embarrassing odor.
Suck A Cinnamon Stick
Just like the fennel seeds, cinnamon has great antiseptic properties that limit the growth of bacteria in your mouth. As a bonus, cinnamon is also known to have good health benefits.