Combat unpleasant bad breath with a popular fruit
Most of the time you don't notice your own bad breath yourself. It is all the more unpleasant to be asked about bad breath. After all, this is usually associated with poor hygiene. In many cases, bad breath can be combated with simple means; including a very popular fruit.
One in four Germans with bad breath
According to the German Society for Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (DGZMK), about one in four suffers from malodorous breath. "The stomach is rarely to blame for permanent bad breath - even if this is generally accepted," wrote the proDente initiative in a message: "What is more correct is that in about 90 percent of those affected, bacteria in the oral cavity cause the unpleasant smell," said the experts. Bad breath can often be combated with simple home remedies. With lemons, among other things.
Thorough oral hygiene
Thorough oral hygiene and some home remedies for bad breath can sometimes work little miracles.
It is particularly important to brush your teeth regularly, and floss should not be forgotten in order to clean the interdental spaces.
In addition, a so-called tongue scraper is recommended because most bacteria sit on the tongue. If none is available, a simple tablespoon will do the trick.
According to experts, bad breath can be reduced in many cases if bacteria are removed by scraping the tongue.
It is also advised to drink enough water to stimulate the flow of saliva and to keep the throat moist, because often only a dry mouth is responsible for bad breath.
Unsweetened teas or highly diluted fruit juices are also suitable for this. Coffee, beer and wine, which each promote bad breath, are not recommended.
Herbal healing oils such as clove, caraway or fennel oil from the pharmacy or health food store can also help. To do this, put a few drops in lukewarm water and gargle.
Sugar-free sweets and chewing gum after eating also stimulate the flow of saliva. In addition, some teas are also good for bad breath not only because of the liquid intake.
For example, varieties with cinnamon, anise, caraway or green tea inhibit the growth of the bacteria that are responsible for the unpleasant smells.
Lemons for bad breath
Lemons can also be used to combat bacterial growth and thus bad breath. For example, by putting a piece of (unsprayed) lemon peel in your mouth and chewing it vigorously like chewing gum.
However, this method should not be used too often, since the shells contain citric acid and this attacks the tooth enamel.
A glass of lemon water also helps against bad breath. To do this, you simply squeeze the juice of a fruit into a glass of lukewarm water, gargle with it and then swallow the liquid best.
After all, a glass of lemon water is also good for your health because it adds important vitamins and nutrients.
Diseases as the cause of bad breath
However, if hygiene measures and home remedies do not help, a dentist or doctor should be consulted to find the causes. Because bad breath can indicate diseases that require sound treatment.
For example, bad breath can be caused by diseases such as sore throat, tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia.
If a strong foul smell of breath is accompanied by a cough and a lot of purulent expectoration, this can also be an indication of a lung abscess.
Bad breath can also be caused by an irritated stomach or gastritis (inflammation of the stomach). And diabetes mellitus can also be associated with bad breath that is acetone-like. (ad)