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What are the ways to cure gum disease and bad breath?


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Answered by

Dr. Alka

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At January 6, 2020
Reviewed AtJuly 5, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a very personal and sensitive issue. I have horrible breath. I do have gum disease but my cleaning which consists of flossing several times a day, using a miniature brush to brush between teeth, and using tongue scrapper several times a day (I occasionally oil pull as well). Can part of my issue be due to a deficiency of some sort? Any kind of advice would sincerely be appreciated (this issue is significantly affecting my life).

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Alka


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I just read your query. See the main cause behind bad odor from mouth is due to bacteria present in mouth. There are present several bacteria in our mouth. The bacteria when come in contact with food particles release sulfur compounds which ultimately cause bad breath. Also, you have been suffering from gum disease which exaggerate this problem. Along with all your oral hygiene measures and treatment add these measures in your daily regimen and these will help you a lot. After every meal chew some roasted fennel seeds. They will freshen your breath. You can also chew fennel seeds and rinse together.

To increase good bacteria take one serving of curd once a day preferably in the morning or afternoon. You can opt out of fat-free curd if you do not want to go for curd made from full-fat milk. You can also chew fresh parsley leaves after meals to combat bad breath. Apples, pineapple, oranges, and free tea are also helpful in reducing bad breath, so you can also add all these to your food regimen. They will help you in combat bad breath. You can also use this homemade mouthwash three to four times in a week. Take two teaspoons of baking soda and add it to a cup of lukewarm water. Mix it well. swish it around for some time and then spit it out. It is also useful for your problem and easy to do. Whenever you are going outside or in a meeting keep some chewing gums along with you which have peppermint, zinc, etc., as their ingredient. They quickly freshen your breath in a few seconds.

Avoid alcohol, cold drinks, onion, garlic, and smoking if you do. Because all these things increase the problem of bad breath. Drink plenty of water. Because it is helpful in flushing out your mouth. Change your toothbrush very often. Basil, cilantro, and mint are also helpful in neutralizing the bad odor from the mouth. You can also chew them after the meal. These plants are easy to grow at home. So you can grow them at home, and use them easily. Cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon are some commonly available spices and you can keep them in your mouth and chew them slowly. They are also helpful in reducing bad breath.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Alka
Dr. Alka

Ayurveda Specialist

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