Halitosis

Halitosis

Halitosis or bad breath is a very common issue of dental hygiene that all of us face at a point in life. It affects our self confidence badly.

Causes

The main cause being poor dental hygiene, halitosis may also indication digestive disorders such as constipation and indigestion. Whatever we eat or drink is absorbed by the body and moved to lungs, which has a direct effect on the breath. Also excessive growth of micro organisms in the oral cavity leads to bad breath. Other reasons may be dry mouth due to insufficient saliva, dental diseases, gum diseases, respiratory tract diseases such as bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, liver dysfunction, diabetes, acid reflux and even smoking and alcohol consumption.

Symptoms

  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Mouth sores

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda relates it to poor digestion that results into accumulation of toxins in the body having unpleasant odour that appears in breath. If mouth infection is the cause, it can be restored with proper treatment. Herbs and diet and lifestyle adjustments are recommended to cleanse the body and restore the dental hygiene.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Maintain proper oral hygiene to avoid respiratory disorders.
  • Avoid foods causing indigestion.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol.
  • Brushing teeth regularly, using tongue cleaner and gargling using mouth wash are the basics of oral hygiene and should be followed.
  • Regular exercising also voids poor digestion.
  • Yoga and Pranayam help reduce halitosis and cure diseases of digestive tract and respiratory tract.

Home Remedies

  • Mix the herbs Bakul, Khadir, Clove, Betel nut, Cardamom, Mayaphal, Cumin seeds, Manjishtha, Vidang, Black Pepper, Kulinjan and Camphor and add one teaspoon to water. Use it as a mouthwash.
  • Chew fennel seeds to remove bad breath instantly.