Home Remedies for Fresh Breath

Jan 16th, 2024
Easton Dentists Feb 5th, 2024

Ever had that awkward moment when you realize your breath might be a bit… off? Yeah, bad breath, or halitosis, happens to pretty much everyone at some point. It can be because of the food we eat, being dehydrated, catching a cold, or even just not brushing our teeth well enough.

So, why does our breath start to smell bad? It’s mostly because of tiny bits of food and dead cells hanging out in our mouths. These leftovers are like a party invitation for bacteria, especially in places where there’s not much air, like the back of your tongue or between your gums. These bacteria are the culprits behind that stinky sulfur smell in bad breath.

No one likes having bad breath. It’s embarrassing and can make hanging out with friends super uncomfortable. But here’s some good news: getting rid of bad breath isn’t too hard, with some easy home tricks and regular dentist visits.

Here are some tips to kick bad breath to the curb:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss.
  • Drinking green or black tea can help slow down those bad-breath bacteria.
  • Look for a mouthwash without alcohol (it dries out your mouth) but with zinc or essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, and lemon, which are great for fighting bad breath.
  • Get a tongue scraper from the store, or use your toothbrush, to clean off any dead cells or food bits on your tongue.
  • Drink lots of water to keep your mouth from getting dry.
  • Eating crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots, and celery can help clean your teeth naturally.
  • Try rubbing fluoride toothpaste on your teeth and leaving it for 30 minutes before rinsing for extra protection.
  • Chewing on natural herbs like licorice root, parsley, rosemary, or tarragon can freshen your breath in a pinch.
  • Try to avoid alcohol, coffee, fried foods, milk, spicy foods, and too much sugar since they can make bad breath worse. Plus, your dentist will thank you for avoiding stuff that’s bad for your teeth too.

Remember, keeping your breath fresh is part of taking care of yourself, so don’t skip those dentist visits and keep up with your dental hygiene routine!

In normal circumstances, bad breath can be eliminated with simple home remedies. However, before relying on home remedies to eliminate bad breath, it is very important to visit a dentist in your area at least every six months to have your teeth examined and cleaned. If you do not have a local dentist, The Dental Center at Easton Town Center would certainly welcome you as a new patient.

Ways to Promote Good Dental Health: Sink Your Teeth Into This—Licorice

Apr 26th, 2012
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

We’ve spent many years in the Columbus area providing comprehensive and emergency dental services to our clients. And one question we always hear from our patients is, “What are other ways, besides brushing and flossing that I can improve my dental health?”

Often when one thinks of licorice, the vision of red or black chewy rope candy comes to mind. Licorice candy certainly is not something dentists or doctors encourage their patients to indulge in, but dried licorice root is! Licorice root is a natural herb that promotes good dental health and comes in many forms, such as sticks, loose tea, powder, and liquid extract. Its sweet menthol flavor makes it a tasty supplement to the basic daily ritual of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

The benefits of using licorice root are numerous.

• Freshens breath
• Remedies sore throats
• Prevents oral infections
• Inhibits the growth of plaque and tartar
• Soothes digestive issues
• Decreases inflammation
• Enhances the immune system

This is a great thing to know, especially since the World Health Organization reports that “tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2-5 years and half of those aged 12-15 years.” Those are high percentages, as is this startling statistic: “one-fourth of U.S. adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth.”

If you are thinking about adding licorice root to your daily dental regimen, talk with your doctor or local dentist first. As with any herbal supplement, there are slight risks for adverse reactions with medications and complications in certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and pregnancy. Most often than not, though, licorice root can be used safely in moderation.

Certainly, licorice root seems to be a wonderful supplement that promotes good dental health and hygiene, but it should never be a replacement for brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. It is definitely something to sink your teeth into! Teeth and gums are two personal assets worth tending to and improving for a lifetime of eating and smiles!

Live in Central Ohio? Schedule your appointment today with The Dental Center at Easton Town Center!