I have a wisdom tooth coming in and it really smells bad. I need a quick fix for the smell of my mouth caused by this pesky tooth, any natural cures?

Bad breath, morning breath, breath odor or halitosis are all terms used to describe a noticeably unpleasant odor exhaled on the breath. Halitosis is not a problem by itself, but it can cause concerns in our interpersonal relationships.

We are all familiar with how the consumption of certain foods such as garlic and onions can affect our breath. This occurs because these foods are absorbed into our bloodstream, where they are transferred to our lungs and exhaled. Fortunately, bad breath caused by the foods we eat is only temporary.

The truth is, most breath odor comes from food particles trapped in our mouths. When food remains in the mouth, it becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Other causes can include poor oral health, improper cleaning of dentures, periodontal disease, as well as smoking and tobacco products. Bad breath can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition of the stomach, lungs and bloodstream.

Another little known situation that can contribute to halitosis is xerostomia (dry mouth). When our mouth is dry, saliva production decreases, leaving the mouth's natural ability to clean itself impaired. Saliva is the mouth's natural mouthwash, which contains properties that reduces bacteria in the mouth. Alcohol consumption, certain medications, breathing through the mouth instead of the nose, or a salivary gland disorder can all contribute to having a dry mouth.

If you suffer from mouth odor, here are a number of alternative healing methods you can try to help freshen your breath naturally.

Recommendations For Wellness

  • Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal to remove food particles from the mouth.
  • When you are brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue. The tongue is covered with thousands of tiny hairs that can trap bacteria.
  • Have regular check-ups with your dentist to rule out gum disease and to correct any faulty restorations, overhanging fillings or leaking crowns, all of which can trap food in the mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless lozenges to increase the flow of saliva.
  • If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water. Try swooshing it around in your mouth for at least twenty seconds to loosen any food particles the bacteria can feed upon.
  • Avoid breath mints and mouthwashes that contain alcohol. Instead of helping, they can make things worse. They only temporarily cover the smell and tend to dry the mouth, creating a more favorable environment for bacteria.
  • Snacking on vegetables such as raw celery or carrots can keep plaque from forming.
  • If you are going to an important meeting or on a big date, avoid foods that can cause bad breath, such as onions and garlic.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption, which can dry the mouth.
  • Quit smoking. Tar and nicotine can build up on the surface of the teeth, tongue and cheeks. It can also dry the mouth and inhibit saliva flow.
  • Chlorophyll is a natural breath freshener and is found in leafy green vegetables like parsley.
  • A few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil can be applied to the tongue or toothbrush to help freshen the breath. In addition to its refreshing nature, their antibacterial properties will kill the bacteria found in the mouth.
  • Baking soda has a long history of being used to maintain good oral health and for fighting bad breath.
  • A mixture of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water can be swooshed around in the mouth and used as a mouthwash. Hydrogen peroxide can kill many of the bacteria that can cause bad breath.

answered by R L

Mouth odor can be caused by a variety of digestive problems or more localized conditions such as gum disease. The human mouth contains a variety of "unfriendly" bacteria which can cause inflammation and infection. One of your options would be to populate your mouth with more "friendly" bacteria such as lactobacillus, bifido and acidophillus. There are many probiotic products on the market --you might consider using the powder as a gargle and mouth rinse (held in mouth) several times daily. If you have the beginning of infection around your tooth, then some herbal hydrastis or berberis around your tooth may be helpful. You might also consider adding some drop doses of these herbs or some lavendar essential oil to your mouth rinse.

answered by Dr K B N

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