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Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Bad breath may be caused by tooth decay, gum disease, digestive problems, smoking or some systemic diseases.

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  • Commercial mouthwashes are not recommended as they are made up of alcohol, dyes, and flavoring. They do not get rid of bacteria for good, and they can bother gums, mucous membranes, and tongue.
  • Consume a lot of water.
  • Dental floss and chlorophyll mouthwash should be a regular part of your dental routine.
  • Detoxify your body with a cleansing fast. The cleanse can be made up of fresh lemon juice and water.
  • In order to fight against gum disease, massage your gums between the teeth using wooden toothpicks.
  • In order to keep bacteria from collecting, get a new toothbrush every month. It is also a good idea to get a new toothbrush after you have had an infectious illness.
  • It would be wise to see a doctor if making minor changes do not help bad breath. More serious conditions may show themselves in bad breath.
  • Kill the germs in your toothbrush by sanitizing it in hydrogen peroxide or grapefruit seed extract between each use. Rinse thoroughly before each use.
  • Meat, stringy vegetables, and sticky things should be eliminated as they contribute to tooth decay and bad breath.
  • Raw foods should make up half of your diet. Initially, spend five days eating only raw foods.
  • Spicy foods, blue cheese, anchovies, Camembert, onions, pastrami, garlic, pepperoni, Roquefort cheese, tuna, salami, beer, wine, whiskey, and coffee will leave your breath smelling bad for hours.
  • Teeth and tongue should be brushed after every meal.
  • Tongue scrapers will help get rid of bacterial plaque. They should also help eliminate food and dead cells on the tongue's surface.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Oat bran or Psyllium husks or Rice bran
Importance: High
Comments: Good sources of fiber which detoxify the colon and help to fight bad breath.

Chlorophyll (alfalfa liquid, wheatgrass, and barley juice are recommended)
Importance: High
Comments: Fights bad breath.

Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Helps heal mouth and gum disease. Protects against bleeding gums. Eliminates excess mucus and toxins, which can contribute to halitosis.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides friendly bacteria for the colon. Lack of good bacteria and excessive bad bacteria can contribute to bad breath.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides chlorophyll which purifies the bloodstream and colon, which can sometimes contribute to bad breath.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Antibiotic. Kills bacteria in the mouth and colon. Odorless form is recommended.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Kills bacteria. Negates sulfur compounds, which contribute to mouth odor.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Type: Internal
Purposes: High in Chlorophyll and nutrients that act as a detoxifier and blood purifier and has been found to be beneficial for a variety of illnesses, including liver disorders and breath odor.
Dosage: 500 to 1000 mg tablets or 1 tsp. Of liquid in juice or water three times daily.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Alcohol-free Goldenseal Extract has been found beneficial in treating infected gums. Tooth decay and infected gums is one of the highest causes of bad breath. To treat gum infection or mouth sores do the following: Soak a cotton ball with Alcohol-free Goldenseal Extract and set the treated cotton ball over the infected area. Repeat this procedure for 2 hours a day for 3 days. The infection should heal quickly.

Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Sage
Type: Internal
Purposes: Myrrh is an ingredient in European toothpastes due to its ability to fight bacteria that cause tooth decay. Peppermint makes a fine mouthwash and is a great remedy for bad breath. Rosemary and Sage have antiseptic properties that make them a good gargle and mouthwash.
Cautions: Sage is not to be used if you have epilepsy or other seizure disorders.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Parsley Leaf is an excellent breath freshener due to its high chlorophyll content. Parsley is used in mints and you can just chew on a strip of parsley which will help to alleviate bad breath.

Anise, Cloves, Fennel, and Parsley
Type: Internal
Purposes: These four herbs have beneficial properties that help to fight bad breath.