The mouth is many things:It is the source of smiles and frowns;the home to teeth and tongue and taste buds;the organ that shapes our speech and laughter, savours and chews our food and acts as the gateway to our digestive tract.The eyes may be the windows to the soul but the mouth in many ways is a window to our overall health.Health problems,from dehydration to stress to ways a windows to our overall health
Health problems ,from dehydration to stress to an immune system challenge,can manifest themselves in and around the mouth.Bad breath,cold sores,canker sores and even chapped lips are things we often think of as minor irritation. Yet they can also be warning sign that something else is amiss.
BANISH BAD BREATH:
CHEW SPICES Skip sugary breath mints;sugar acts as food for odour-causing bacteria.Instead take a tip from the ancients-refresh your breath with aromatic spices that are as close as your spice rack.Try chewing or sucking on small piece pf cinnamon bark a peeled cardamom pod,or a few fennel or anise seeds.
The little green herb that often garnishes restaurants plates is both nutritious and a natural breath cleaner.Chew a spring or two of fresh parsley to help improve breath quickly.
DRINK MORE WATER:
Dehydration can be a cause of bad breath.Up your water intake to at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day.Green tea and juice are also helpful with coffee and other caffeinated beverages.These can tend to act as diuretics,causing water loss.Coffee itself can also be a source of bed breath.
EAT FIBROUS FRUITS & VEGETABLES:
One of the best ways to remove bacteria in the mouth is to eat an apple a day. It helps moisten the mouth, too.
USE A NATURAL MOUTHWASH:
The brightly coloured mouthwash that line grugstore shelves may contain ingredients that are far from healthful.Peppermint tea makes an effective and natural mouthwash.Steep a heaping tablespoon of dried peppermints leaf in a cup of hust-boiled water for 15 minutes.Cool and strain.Swish and gargle with a mouthful of the cooled tea;spit Repeat several times a day.Use as needed to freshen your breath.
CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH:
Toothbrush harbour bacteria,which can multiply astronomically in a very short time .Let your toothbrush thoroughly dry between brushing.Replace it every two or three month.
Proper oral care Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to get a toothbrush with soft bristles (as to not damage tooth enamel or gums) and also use fluoride toothpaste. Brushing and flossing helps to remove any food and plaque which can be used as a fuel source by the anaerobic, sulphur-producing bacteria that are at the root of this problem.
SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE:
The surface of tongue harbours million of bacteria scraping your tongue to remove some of them can help breath fresher.Tongue scrapers are available at most drug stores;follow package direction and use at least once a day.When finished rinse your mouth thoroughly.
GOOD TO KNOW
Carry a toothbrush and brush after every meal to fend off bad breath.
Smoking causes unpleasant mouth odour,Breaking the habit will help.