You wake up in the morning, turn to your partner and wish them a good morning, only to be greeted with a hand over their face and a possible sprint from anywhere close to you. A lucky few manage to get away with the manageable and “normal” morning breath compared to some of the not-so-lucky mums.
“Foul smell or ‘halitosis’ as we call it could happen due to a number of reasons out of which, few are also non-dental related. When food particles are left in the mouth for an extended period of time, bacteria breaks them down to sulphur compounds which, causes the unpleasant smell” says Yasmeen Ghouse, Dental Hygienist from Adelaide, Australia.
Look up on the internet and you will be greeted with hundreds of products that range from DIY homemade recipes to super expensive online shopping options. However, do you get a bang for the buck? Most probably no.
“I am not a fan of natural remedies as often it masks the issue but doesn’t solve the root cause. Maintaining good oral hygiene and making sure all teeth decay is restored should solve this for majority of people.
Sometimes though, if you have chronic sinus infection, upper respiratory tract infection or stomach ulcers, halitosis often is the first sign of detecting this” says Yasmeen
While solving it is one of the post mortem solutions, here is one practice that can help with the issue, other than for the obvious brush n floss routine.
The ancient practice of oil-pulling has unbelievable results. Having given it a shot, the curators at CTM Central swear that their mouth and aftertaste has improved to a large extent. To keep things simple, here is how it is done. Feel free to go crazy on google and read up about the benefits or take our word for it.
- Put a tablespoon of gingerlly oil/ virgin coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning
- Swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes(yes, twenty whole minutes). You can take a breath here and there and finish packing your lunches by then
- Spit the oil into the toilet NOT THE SINK
- Wash your mouth with warm water and salt
- Brush as usual
Note: Do not swallow even a teeny bit of the oil as it is said to contain many toxins from your body
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