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Keeping your Breath Fresh and Healthy

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 5 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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When you're up close and personal, nothing can make you more self-conscious than breath that's less than fresh. We now know that only a small percentage of bad breath is caused by stomach gases or intestinal disorders. Mostly, bad breath comes from volatile sulphur compounds, which stem from bacterial plaque that thrives in the bacteria in your mouth. When this bacteria interacts with dead tissue cells that are constantly exfoliated inside you mouth, the result is stale breath. This situation is exacerbated by trapped food particles in your mouth, tooth decay and gum infections.

The Key to Fresh Breath

What's the solution? First, floss out those trapped particles of food. Anti-microbial toothpaste is the next step. Also remember to brush or scrape your tongue daily to remove reactive bacteria. Then rinse out your mouth with an herbal based mouthwash to keep breath fresher longer. Toothpaste and mouthwashes including essential oils of tea tree, eucalyptus, clove and rosemary has anti-microbial properties, while toothpaste containing myrrh, kameria extract, calcium sorbate (vitamin C), peelu or neem help to maintain healthy gums. Those containing echinacea has immune-enhancing capabilities.

The Whiteness of Your Smile

There are a number of brands of toothpaste currently on the market, which claim to whiten your teeth and leave you with a dazzling smile. These toothpastes contain abrasives such as calcium carbonate and hydrated silica. While these abrasive substances can help to remove some stains such as wine, coffee and tobacco, and make the teeth shine more, they cannot make the teeth whiter. Such abrasive action is neither natural nor healthy for the teeth, as is can strip away the enamel surface. If you want a more natural approach to retaining the natural whiteness of your teeth, then you should use toothpaste with antioxidant properties.

Healthy Gums

Researchers have discovered significant relations between oral health and total health. It is now known that oral infections may contribute to the development of other diseases elsewhere in the body, such as heart disease or stroke. The best way to maintain healthy gums is to start by picking a toothbrush that's right for you. Studies show that a dome design, manual toothbrush, (where the outer layers of bristles are shorter than the centre), is most suitable for brushing below the gum line and so reducing gingivitis- the earliest form of gum disease. While more plaque removal may mean healthier gums, brushing too hard can damage gums; a contoured toothbrush with medium to soft bristles is healthier all round.

Herbal Mouthwash

If you want to make your own herbal mouthwash which is antiseptic and also freshens your breath, try this simple recipe:

  • 8 oz. Water
  • 4 teaspoons Liquid Glycerine - optional and simply sweetens the mouthwash
  • 10-12 drops peppermint, spearmint or clove essential oil
  • 5 drops myrrh
Halitosis and gum disease can be prevented. With a regular oral hygiene routine and a healthy diet you'll give yourself and those closest to you, something to smile about.

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