Causes of Halitosis:
Treatment of Halitosis by Nature Cure:
The patients suffering from halitosis should take a well-balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits, with emphasis on raw and cooked vegetables and fruits.
Among the several home remedies for halitosis, the use of Fenugreek has proved most effective. A tea made from the seeds of the vegetable should be taken regularly for correcting the condition. This tea is prepared by putting a teaspoon of seeds in half a litre of cold water and allowing it to simmer for 15 minutes over a low flame. It should then be strained and used as tea.
The teeth should be cleaned regularly twice a day especially before going to bed at night. Meat particles should be removed carefully with toothpicks. In case of decaying teeth and swollen and bleeding gums, a dentist should be consulted. The use of twigs of the margosa tree as toothbrush is the best method of cleaning the teeth.
Another effective remedy for bad breath is the use of Avocado, which is far superior to any mouth lotion or remedies for this condition. It effectively removes intestinal putrefaction or decomposition, which is one of the most important causes of bad breath.
Munching a raw Apple or Guava after lunch removes most of the trapped particles in the mouth. The unripe guava hence, is useful in halitosis. It is rich in tannic, malic, oxalic and phosphoric acids as well as calcium, oxalate and manganese. Chewing it is an excellent tonic for the teeth and gums. It helps cure bleeding from gums due to styptic effect and stops bad breath. Chewing tender leaves of guava tree so stops bleeding from gums and bad breath.
Parsley is valuable in the treatment of bad breath. Two cups of water should be boiled and several sprigs of parsley coarsely chopped should be steeped in this water along with two or three whole cloves or a quarter spoon of ground cloves. This mixture should then be stirred occasionally while cooling. It should then be strained and used as mouths wash or gargle several times a day.
The person suffering from bad breath should take plenty of exercise, as lack of sufficient exercise is one of the main causes of constipation leading to halitosis.