Saturday, August 22, 2009

Home Remedies Bad Breath

Your daily oral hygiene routine may not be helping with your bad breath if the real cause of your breath condition is due to an illness or something beyond your mouth or throat. Choosing the right home remedies for bad breath require to first identify the root cause. Seek your doctor's help if you are not able to identify it.

Below are some home remedies to consider:

Drinking green or black tea can help slow down the growth of bacteria responsible for your bad breath. This is because both types of tea contain polyphenols, a chemical that kills bacteria.

Use mouthwash with zinc ions. Zinc are known to be able to directly neutralize malodorous sulfur compounds and improve breath. It's found in several health food store mouthwashes as well as some drug store brands.
Use a tongue scraper, which helps to remove dead cells, food particles and bacteria from the tongue. A tongue scaper is a special plastic instrument found in drug stores and some health food stores, that costs several dollars.

Drink lots of water. Drinking water and other fluids will help keep your mouth moist. Another reason drinking fluids might help: In traditional Chinese medicine, bad breath is often the result of excess heat in the stomach. Water, soup and watery fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, are thought to help to rebalance the body