Causes: how does bad breath develop?
According to the Bavarian Chamber of Dentists, one in four Germans suffer from bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath isn’t just temporary, for example after eating onions, garlic, or some spices.
There are many reasons for bad breath – most of the causes can be attributed to our oral flora. Countless bacteria and other microorganisms settle in our mouths, which find the perfect living conditions there in the warm and humid environment. Bacteria are found on and between the teeth, in crevices, on the mucosa and especially on the tongue. Due to poor hygiene or problems with the teeth and gums, bacteria can multiply very well, so much so that the natural balance of the oral flora is shaken and the breath loses more and more freshness.
Bacteria in the oral cavity feed on leftover food and dead cells. When they decompose, sulfur compounds are formed, responsible for the bad smell. Above all, foods containing fats and proteins such as milk, cheese or fish provide nutrition for bacteria.
Halitosis: pay attention to careful oral hygiene
Therefore it is brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly Mandatory to prevent inflammation and tooth decay. Your oral hygiene also includes cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper and cleaning the spaces between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss.
Also an brisk salivation it is important for a healthy oral flora, which expels food leftovers from the mouth. If there is too little flow, the bacteria multiply more easily. Therefore, most people have bad breath in the morning. When we sleep at night, we produce less saliva and our mouth gets dry.
Disorders of the nose, sinuses or throat it can also be responsible for bad breath. A diseased digestive tract – be it food allergies, intestinal obstruction, stomach ulcers, gastritis, esophagitis, and heartburn – can also cause bad breath.
If you have long-term or persistent bad breath, you should investigate the problem and see a doctor.
These home remedies help with bad breath
1. Fresh herbs
Chewing a few leaves of parsley, mint, fennel seeds or chamomile helps at the end of the meal with a strong smell and if you have bad breath. The chlorophyll and essential oils of the herbs bind odors and ensure fresh breath in no time.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and gargle with natural mouthwash for a few minutes. Apple cider vinegar is known for its antibacterial effect and can therefore prevent bad breath. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar on hand, eat an apple. Its secondary plant substances also act against bacteria.
3. Baking soda
Rinsing with baking soda neutralizes bad breath, gently removes plaque from the tongue and balances the pH value in the mouth. Put half a teaspoon in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly twice a day.
Ginger has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect and is therefore a popular home remedy for colds. But the tuber also helps against bad breath. Either make the ginger as a tea or munch a small piece.
The sour fruit is known for its antibacterial properties. In addition, lemon essential oils ensure fresh breath. Suck a piece of lemon for a few minutes – choose unwaxed fruit. The suction also stimulates the flow of saliva, which ensures the removal of odor-causing bacteria.
6. Oil draw
Have you ever heard of oil pulls? Before brushing your teeth, take a sip of cold-pressed olive, coconut, or flax oil, move it through your mouth for five to ten minutes, and pull it through the spaces between your teeth. With the extraction of the oil, toxins are removed from the oral mucosa, which are expelled with the oil after use. In the long run, this should reduce bacterial growth.
7. Give up sugar
Sugar promotes tooth decay and forms the food base for bacteria. Therefore, try to reduce the consumption of sugar in order not to give the bacteria a fertile ground and to ensure a healthy oral flora. Tip: After consuming sugary foods and drinks, you should drink a glass of water to remove some of the sugar from your mouth.