Smokers Breath Home Remedies

Bad breath may get you into a social problem. It may 'encourage' you to maintain a distance with people around you! And this way, you can easily get tagged as an 'introvert' individual. And if you choose to be bold and 'damn caring' and approach everyone around you, then there is a possibility that the crowd around you will become thinner and thinner!

How to Overcome Bad Breath?
Bad breath is often the result of both- external and internal body factors. When you are careless about your mouth care, bacteria develops in the mouth and you can suffer from bad breath. Indigestion and stomach & intestinal disturbances also lead to foul smell in breath. Sinus or throat infections, tobacco and alcohol use are other causes of bad breath. Therefore, avoiding these factors will automatically prevent bad breath. Proper mouth care and keeping the bowel functions smooth by taking proper Ayurvedic diets can keep this problem at bay. Additionally, quit smoking and alcohol to take care of the external factors.

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Home Remedies for Bad Breath
Below is the list of certain measures in form of herbs and other common ingredients plus proper hygienic practices that can spare you from bad breath.

1. Avoid food items belonging to garlic family.
2. Avoid coffee, beer, wine and whiskey and have lots of water.
3. Empty stomach too causes bad breath. Ensure you eat at least three meals a day
4. Brush your teeth after every meal. Don't leave the tongue, gently sweep the top of your tongue too.
5. Make it a habit to rinse your mouth after every meal if you can't brush them each time.
6. Chew mint leaves. Pudina is a good option to chew after meals or use these leaves in dishes after drying them.
7. Gargle with some minty mouthwash for temporarily getting rid of bad smell. Avoid mouthwashes containing dyes and alcohol.
8. Carry a tiny bag with cloves, fennel or anise seeds and chew some after you have taken a meal that will surely lead to foul smell.
9. Parsley freshens breath naturally. Chew it thoroughly.
10. Gargle with baking soda or lemon dissolved in some warm water. Cleaning tongue with it is also beneficial.
11. Drink a hot cup of unsweetened tea.
12. After meals, chew some sunflower seeds and drink a glass of water.
13. Have tea made from Fenugreek (methi) seeds.
14. An apple a day will remove the bacteria causing bad breath.
15. Chew cardamom seeds to have aromatic breath. It is a good breath freshener.
16. Take food products that are rich in zinc as they check the growth of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.
17. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar just before each meal which can be had with a glass of water. It aids digestion.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What kind of Doctor should I see for swollen lymph nodes/glands?
    The pressure from said swollen glands is located underneath my chin/front of my throat, underneath both sides of my jawline, and on both sides of my neck. It's so uncomfortable. It gives me this constant "full" and uneasy feeling in that general area. It's most troublesome symptom is that it feels like there's something ALWAYS pushing up against my windpipe. I sometimes have difficulty swallowing as well as catching my breath. It's especially noticeable when I speak to others, considering my voice is always deep and very hoarse/raspy-ish. People assume I have a bad cold or I'm a chain smoker. It's ridiculous. Anyways, this has been going on for almost a solid year now. I'm done with trying to sort it out with natural and at-home remedies. I've tired them all to no avail. What kind of specialist's opinion/diagnosis should I seek? I'll book an appointment the moment someone throws out a suggestion. Thank you all, and be well!

    • ANSWER:
      Internal Medicine; Heme, Endocrinologist, GI or Immunologist.

  2. QUESTION:
    Smoking question for smokers out there?
    My dad has been smoking for 30 years and smokes up to 3 packs a day. He is a creature of habit and refuses to try anything to quit. He smokes in the house as well. Everything from our clothes to the walls are caked with cigarette smoke and nicotine. Is there any home remedies or products out there to keep the smoke to a minimum, so that we can finally breath clean air? I've been thinking of a smokeless ashtray but unsure that will work. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Dude, we had this exact problem. 3 of us smoked inside for many years, actually the house had smokers for 40 years. The walls were yellow, the appliances were yellow, the clothes stunk, our animals didn't live very long.

      Solution: We moved to a new house. I didn't allow myself or anyone to smoke inside....period! 3 years later, the house is in great condition. I'm a smoker and cigarettes and cigarette smoke is disgusting. The least you can do is smoke outside.

      If you can't move to a new house or apartment with new rules, start smoking outside today. Start washing all the clothes. Start washing the walls. Start washing the appliances. Get the carpets cleaned. Buy a de-ionizer. Wash base boards. Wash window treatments, wash bedding. Keep smoking outside. Rinse and repeat. Keep washing walls and appliances and base boards and door knobs. Time will heal the problem so long as you don't smoke inside.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that mouthwash is making my breath worse?
    I've noticed that everytime I remember to use mouthwash, I end up with bad breath a few hours later or the next day. Is this possible or am I imagining things? It is an anti-bacterial, alcohol-free mouthwash.

    My theory is that the good-bacteria in my mouth are being killed and the bad-breath-bacteria are being left, making it worse. Is that a possibility?

    • ANSWER:
      De-Mystifying the Mouthwash Myth

      As we mentioned earlier, all people have bad breath on occasion. When they do, most people immediately reach for the mouthwash. Not only is this ineffective but this action can also exacerbate the condition. Why is this so?

      Mouthwash contains flavoring and dyes but most importantly the primary component is alcohol! They claim to kill bacteria, which is true in most cases. However, the bacteria is quick to return with an exponential affect because the alcoholic content causes dry mouth which is the leading cause of bad breath. It creates a very ineffectual cycle of repetition.

      Commercial mouthwash products also contain other harsh chemicals. Studies have shown that excessive amounts of mouthwash irritate the gums, tongue, palate and mucous membranes in the mouth. If the user is a smoker AND consumes alcohol, heavy use of mouthwash can even cause certain cancers. It would be prudent to look at some of the other methods to deal with bad breath and stay away from the mouthwash.

      If you would like to freshen your breath try preparing your own breath freshening mouthwash. A rinse consisting of a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water will do the trick nicely just don t count on it to kill bacteria. Also just use it as a rinse and do not swallow.

      There are other essential oils that work as well. Try tea tree, myrrh, spearmint, and ginger are also effective.

      Rinsing your mouth with salt water is a great home remedy for a sore throat. It is also good for eliminating bad breath. You might also try rinsing with lemon or lime water as well. Both are equally effective and may taste a bit more pleasant than salt water.

      Try drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at least once a day.

      What Causes Bad Breath?

      Dry mouth

      Sounds like such an innocuous little phrase, doesn t it? Thought to be a leading cause of bad breath, dry mouth occurs when saliva production is reduced and carries its own nasty little package of problems.

      The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia (pronounced ZEER-oh-STOH-mee-ah). Saliva performs vital work in your body. It aids in digestion by using the enzymes to help break up different foods and also makes it easier to talk.

      You may not realize that it can also help to prevent tooth decay by rinsing away food particles from between the teeth as well as the gums. Saliva also helps you taste the food you eat and makes it easier for you to swallow that food. It is also known for neutralizing any damaging acids.

      It is believed to be caused primarily by certain medications which we listed in the previous paragraph. The symptoms of dry mouth can include:

      * Dry, rough tongue
      * Poor sense of taste
      * Burning sensation in your mouth
      * Increased plaque
      * Reduced saliva production

      Alzheimer s disease, AIDS and stroke are also attributed to causing dry mouth as well as pregnancy and/or hormonal changes due to menopause.

      Increasing fluid intake can help to re-hydrate the mouth. It s important to keep it moist so you don t lose all the benefits provided by saliva production.
      Gum disease/Gingivitus

      This is inflammation of soft tissue surrounding the teeth. This condition is much more serious than a single abscess. Gingivitis is the precursor to periodontitis which is the final step of gum disease that can ultimately lead to toot loss. This will be discussed in depth a bit further on.

      Hepatic encephalopathy

      This is a rare but possible cause as a result of liver disease.

      Impacted tooth

      An impacted tooth is one that rebelliously will not erupt into its proper position and most often results in infection, which we know is another cause of bad breath.

      Banish the Breath Mints and Chewing Gum

      Neither of these commercial products are particularly helpful as they only mask the problem and in fact could cause tooth decay. Try some of our alternative recommendations:

      Remember the trick the Greeks used? Anise seed is readily available and chewing on a few of them work just as effectively today as they did several thousand years ago. Fennel, cinnamon and cloves also work well. Try popping a few into your mouth after meals to fight bad breath.

      There are many other natural replacements for commercial mouthwash. Try adding a bit of baking soda to your toothpaste. After all, not only is it used in cooking and the laundry, we also use baking soda to absorb odor in the refrigerator. It will work well to help eliminate bad breath.

      Did you ever wonder why parsley and mint are often used as a garnish when dining out? Just like the Greeks, remember the Romans. Chewing on parsley helps fight bad breath.

      The reason is the high content of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll very quickly changes carbon dioxide into oxygen in the body. This prepares the digestive tract to prevent gases and toxins from backing up and by lubricating the tract and various valves.

      Boil a mixture of myrrh resin, sage leaves and lavender flowers in a small amount of water. Gargle three times a day as a bad breath remedy.

      Aloe vera will cleanse the colon and prevent toxins that could possibly back up in the digestive tract.

      Bad Breath and Your Diet

      We live in a world where food dominates. We are on sensory overload because everywhere we turn there is another delectable delight to tantalize the taste buds. Sadly, the majority of the foods that we are seduced by on a daily basis do serious damage to our teeth. In our discussion that also applies to bad breath.

      It is important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Unfortunately all day snacks and binging have replaced the concept of three square meals a day.

      When indiscriminate snacking takes place oral hygiene goes out the window. If doubt that, begin a diary and document every single instance throughout the day when you place food or beverages in your mouth. Weight loss programs teach their users to do this and it can be an eye-opening experience. Some of our habits are so ingrained that we don t even realize what we are doing.

      Someone brings a home made coffee cake to the office and it s very easy to unconsciously grab just a little sliver back to your desk along with your. . .what?. . third or fourth cup of java of course.

      You may be sitting in the grandstands at a little league ballgame when your partner waves the bag of popcorn under your nose. Well, it s just a few kernels of popcorn, right?

      Now, do you immediately run to the ladies room at the office and brush your teeth? Do you leap off the bleachers and sprint to the facilities and floss? Of course not, that would be ridiculous, right? If we all did that, there wouldn t be a problem with dental disease or bad breath.

      All the snacking that we do throughout the day not only contributes to bad breath but snack food is usually very high in carbohydrates and produces excessive amounts of sugar that cause tooth decay and promote bad breath. Harmful acids contained in soda pop attack the enamel on the teeth, yet we sip on sodas all day long.

      And, if you thought that just sodas are the culprit, think again. A recent study claims that all those popular sports drinks we buy may not be such a good idea after all. They may re-hydrate the body, but they can cause irreversible damage to the dental enamel.

      The study reports that fitness water, sports drinks, energy drinks and other non-cola beverages increase the risk of damage by anywhere from 3 to 11 times!

      It should be mentioned that the findings are indicative of long term use. However, it appears that these drinks may not necessarily beneficial as a substitute for plain old-fashioned fresh water!

      Foods like garlic, onions, peppers and more all have a role in creating bad breath. When the food you eat is released into the bloodstream, the lungs will expel the odor.

      While garlic and onions seem to top the list of bad breath offenders, there are other foods that are just as likely to produce bad breath. A few of these are:

      * Meats that are spicy like pepperoni, salami and pastrami
      * Cheese, especially soft cheeses
      * Fish
      * Dairy foods
      * Seafood
      * Eggs

      Practically every food that is high in protein is also a harbinger of bad breath. In fact practically one third of our diet is comprised of high protein foods.

      This can be especially distressing if you are on a high protein diet. The obvious result is that when on a diet such as this bad breath will become significantly more annoying.

      Short of totally eliminating protein from our diet (not recommended) what else can we do? At the risk of sounding redundant let s review some of our earlier discussion.

      Drink plenty of water. Dehydration certainly won t help to improve the situation.

      As difficult as it may be, clean your teeth and tongue thoroughly each time you eat anything that is high in protein.

      Try and adjust your diet to contain less high protein foods and more high fiber foods. Foods high in fiber naturally produce some of those important enzymes we previously discussed.

      Fiber will help fight constipation. Homeopathic healers report that regular bowel movements help to rid the body of toxins that contribute to bad breath.

      Not only will changing to a higher fiber diet help your bad breath, it will also improve the overall health of your digestive system.

      Instead of snacking on junk food, try chewing on fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the crunchy foods. Apples, pears, celery and carrots are good suggestions. They will aid in enzyme production and the natural chewing of the crunchy foods will stimulate the gums.

      Consider adding that yogurt we mentioned as a permanent part of your daily food intake. Again, it will promote the production of the live bacteria you need.

      Stimulate the flow of saliva to keep the mouth moist. Remember to avoid ineffectual commercial mouthwashes. Chewing on a clove or adding a drop of cinnamon or peppermint oil on your tongue will be much more productive.

      If you are having post-nasal drip, use an over the counter medication to reduce the flow of the noxious drainage of the draining mucous.

      There are numerous over the counter treatments for bad breath, the majority of which we have already reported to be ineffectual.

      One type of product does appear to bear some scrutiny, however. Advertised as a new innovation in mouthwashes they are called Chlorine Dioxide Mouthwashes.

      They claim to totally eliminate bad breath by attacking the sulfur compounds that cause bad breath rather than masking them as conventional mouthwashes do.

      They make a provocative case however, when you understand that chlorine dioxide has been used in municipal water supplies for decades. Use your own judgment, but it might not hurt to give one a try.

      Further research shows another fairly recent medical treatment for periodontal disease that may present some hope for remedying bad breath by treating the periodontal condition.

  4. QUESTION:
    Shortness of breath in the spring?
    I get shortness of breath in The spring and autumn.
    Is that normal?
    At night it gets better.
    It drives me crazy, tight chest and shortness of breath.
    Why is that?
    Ay home remedies for it?
    PS: i am a smoker and when i quit smoking it wont effect me, actually it gets worse!

    • ANSWER:
      Spring and Autumn happen to be allergy seasons, so most likely you are suffering from allergies. Some people don't experience runny nose, sneezing, ect. but only feel one or two symptoms. Your chest probably feels tight because when you breathe in pollin, some people's lungs 'panic' and think that it's an intruder to the body, which spikes histamine levels and causes most allergy symptoms. Since you have chest tightness, your lungs probably close up a little bit from the allergies and over-reacting to them. If you have asthma, your inhaler makes breathing so much easier. If you don't, see a doctor and request a perscription for one. Also, look for allergy medications with chest tightness relievers. Inhaling steam, drinking warm fluids like tea, and spreading chest-loosening jelly over your chest also help.

  5. QUESTION:
    What smoking cessation products have worked for you?
    I quit smoking but I am having cravings - stress - and I want something to take the edge off - mentally.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it was Samuel Clemens who said, "Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times."

      For me, when I was a smoker, this wit-full insight struck home. I had tried almost every conceivable means of relieving myself of this horrid addiction. Medication, nicotine gum, "cold-turkey", "tapering off", herbal remedies, etc, etc. Nothing worked! Oh sure, I would be free of "the weed" for a short time... I believe I managed for almost 3-weeks once. I was at my wits end. Difficulty breathing, chest pains, horrid breath, bad taste in my mouth, ... I don't need to go on.... you know what it's like.

      A co-worker suggested that I try hypnosis. After researching and questioning those who promised relief through hypnosis I decided to give it a try. I logically reasoned that the cost of the therapy session was equal to the cost of smoking for 2-weeks. Therefore if I could be smoke free for 2-weeks I would break even.. any longer and I would be a winner.

      I went! One session is all it took. I went in a smoker and came out a non-smoker. That was 17-years ago. I remember being a smoker before that day, but since then all "attachment" to tobacco has been removed. No emotional attachment, no cravings, and no addiction. Hypnosis works!

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