Bad breathe or halitosis is one of the most disturbing elements one could ever encounter. It makes my curly hair straight and my straight hair curly – literally. Seriously though, bad breathe is a real issue! What makes it even worse is the fact that it cannot be detected by its carrier. Sounds absurd, but since our oral cavity is connected to our nose by an opening in the back of our mouth, our noses tend to filter out and ignore interior odors that would help us to determine the quality of our own breath. This means that we have to rely on someone – hopefully close to us, to let us know how our breath is doing. It also means that we will have to do everything in our power to ensure our breath is not a knockout.
Years ago I had a boyfriend who was really dear to me. He had everything going for him as far as an ‘ideal partner’ goes. He was loyal, thoughtful, caring, faithful, kind, attentive, conscientious, and the list goes on and on. There was just one problem – a huge one – his breath. His halitosis was so bad, he would win first prize in a competition with crocs and alligators.
I tried everything to work with him to get rid of his bad breath. He started going to the dentist once per month; brushing his teeth, tongue, and roof of mouth three times per day; flossing his teeth every night just before going to bed; using a variety of mouthwash; and adjusting his diet to eliminate odor causing foods and to include more fruits and water. He even did a comprehensive medical check in order to determine if his problem was medical related. In short, nothing was able to rid him of his halitosis and I had to find a way to help his breath before it was time to get intimate, so I started my own experiment and finally a solution that works!
This solution includes iodized salt, baking soda, and warm water. Here is what you do: use one part salt and one part baking soda to four parts warm water to swish and gargle for at least one minute every morning and evening. You can add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to four teaspoons of warm water in a cup and mix until dissolved. (Avoid swallowing as you do not need excessive amount of salt entering your system.) Then at nights, after flossing, use baking soda instead of toothpaste to brush your teeth, tongue, and roof of mouth – thoroughly. And finally, rinse with a clinically oxygenating oral mouthwash such as Dr. Katz’s TheraBreath Oral Rinse.
Believe me, in addition to brushing, flossing, eating healthy, and seeing your dentist at least every six months, this solution works like a dream come true. Unlike mouthwash, that takes care of your bad breath for under an hour, the combination I have mentioned will take care of your bad breathe for an entire day. Using any of these methods single-handedly will not get rid of the problem or help you stay clear of it, but combining them and implementing them – everyday will ensure you a halitosis free mouth.
Simple home remedies are sometimes our best defense. Most of us, at any given time will have iodized salt and baking soda in our cabinets. Knowing what to do with them, however, will determine how well we benefit from them. Breath fresheners, mints, and sugarless gums will only mask the problem temporarily. This solution in combination with good oral hygiene will get to the source and eliminate it.
So, here is to fresh breath always! Cheers!