Getting to the 'Root' of The Bad Breath Problem (part 1)

BAD BREATH CURE By Mike Ganton (Page 6)

Banish breath mints and chewing gum - Neither of these commercial products are particularly helpful as they only mask the problem and in fact could cause tooth decay. Try some of the alternative recommendations.

Remember the trick of the ancient Greeks? Anise seed is readily available and chewing on a few of them works just as effectively today as it did 2,700 years ago.

Fennel, cinnamon and cloves also work well. Try popping a few into your mouth after meals to fight bad breath.

There are many other natural replacements for commercial mouthwash. Try adding a little bit of baking soda to your toothpaste. After all, it has many other uses than just in cooking, we also use baking soda to absorb odor in the refrigerator. It will help in eliminating bad breath and is also a natural tooth whitener.

Did you ever wonder why parsley and mint are often used as a garnish when dining out? Parsley is a popular herbal breath freshening remedy dating as far back as the Roman times, chewing on parsley helps fight bad breath.

The reason why parsley is such an effective breath freshner is because it contains high concentrations of a compound called Chlorophyll which deodorizes bad odors in the mouth and throat. Chlorophyll also helps to cleanse the body of impurities and generally helps to neutralize many of the toxins you ingest daily.

Getting to the "root" of the bad breath problem

Poor dental hygiene is a major factor for the cause of bad breath. Yes, you've heard it before, brush and floss after every meal and make regularly trips to your dentist for cleaning and examination.

But, how many of us actually follow this regimen. Not enough, according to the American Dental Association. They report that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.

Periodontal disease actually takes place in two different stages. Gingivitis is the first stage and only affects the gums. Gingivitis is reversible if caught before it moves into the second stage called periodontitis. Periodontal disease is irreversible, causing tooth loss and potential bone damage.

We have discussed the leading cause of bad breath in a previous section. Many of the same causes apply to the risk factors for periodontal disease such as tobacco and certain drugs.

But there are other factors for periodontal disease which can also manifest as bad breath. Some of these additional risk factors are:

  • Bad fitting dentures or bridges.
  • Teeth that are crooked.
  • Old fillings that no longer fit their cavity.
  • Pregnancy.

Usually Periodontal disease exists due to poor plaque control. While it may sound harmless, quite the opposite is true.

The buildup of this plaque also causes bad breath. Get rid of the plaque and you will eliminate the bad breath and reap the benefits of healthy gums.

Plaque is the carrier for that sulfur producing bacteria that we discussed earlier. It creates a sticky film that is always present in your mouth. When you eat or drink you add to the buildup of plaque.

Plaque is a pesky creature that is also a bit shy. It likes to burrow in and hide just beneath the gum line where it can develop a breeding ground for more bacterial friends. You can smell them, but it can be difficult to even know that plaque is hiding away and doing its damage.

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