Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Natural Cures To Combat Bad Breath

How many of us have been on a hot date and connected with them only to be embarrassed by bad breath? Let's admit it first impressions are everything and bad breath isn't acceptable till the third date. The best way to get rid of bad breath is to keep mints on hand - but what happens when you forget them?

Bad breath is caused by bacteria that lives in your mouth. This bacteria will produce hydrogen sulfide - which smells very similar to rotten eggs. That is why bad breath smells so incredibly bad. The bacteria enjoys living in places that are warm and your mouth is just the spot that it loves.

The best way to eliminate bad breath and to counteract the bacteria is to reduce the amount of hydrogen sulfide that is produced. Dr. Kenichi Hojo of Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan did his own research on the matter of eliminating bad breath. He recruited a few people and asked them to change their diet.

They were told to eat 3 ounces of sugarless plain yogurt twice a day for a total of 6 weeks. The results showed that 80% of the volunteers had in fact reduced the amount of hydrogen sulfide that the bacteria in their mouth was creating. It is believed that the live bacteria in the yogurt overcame the bacteria in the mouth. Thus it was able to reduce bad breath.

Not just any yogurt will work. You must eat the type that has no sugar and is not flavored. There must also be live cultures in it. You can purchase special yogurt that says on the label “live cultures". The main active bacteria that will work is “lactobacillus bulgaricus" and “Streptococcus thermopiles". The best place to find it would be a grocery store or health food store.

The only bad part about this natural bad breath treatment is that the yogurt will taste very funny to you to begin with. But you will only be eating 3 ounces day and eventually will grow fond of the taste.

This is only one common natural cure for bad breath. The other way to eliminate it is to clean your tongue. Most of the bacteria in your mouth live on your tongue. You can clean it by using a tongue scrapper or a toothbrush. A tongue scrapper is your best bet for this. It is thin and has the ability to reach farther back in your mouth to the end of your tongue. All you need to do is gently scrape the tongue and remove the bacteria.

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