COMBATING HALITOSIS (BAD BREATH) WITH YOUR NATURAL HOME-MADE TOOTHPASTE

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Halitosis or bad breath, characterized by unpleasant odor of the mouth. It’s quite mortifying leading to grave vexations and anxiety. Halitosis can occur on occasion or a chronic condition. Many people with halitosis are unaware and this makes it difficult for those affected to quickly address the issue.

Causes

There are different causes of halitosis include poor dental hygiene, tobacco, oral infections, dry mouth, food, dental problems, and medications.

  • Poor dental hygiene –poor dental hygiene leads to accumulation of food particles in the mouth and can decay and when this persists it becomes hardened (calculus). Calculus irritates the gum and cause gum diseases –gingivitis, periodontitis.
  • Tobacco –tobacco contains a host of chemicals that stay in the mouth even long after smoking or chewing tobacco (causing bad breath) which may lead to mouth ulcers and mouth cancers.
  • Foods –food including onions, garlic, curry, coffee can cause bad breath however this condition are short-lived the mouth is properly taken care of.
  • Medications –medications like antihistamines and diuretics can cause bad breath due to their dry mouth side effects.
  • Dental problems –influenza, common cold, bronchitis, sinus infections, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), lactose intolerance, some liver and kidney diseases associated with halitosis.
Symptoms vary based on the underlying cause but may include white coating of the tongue, awkward taste in the mouth, or dry mouth. Since the back of the tongue is usually the source of bad mouth odor, you should attempt to reach that part when brushing your tongue.
Treatment or remedy for halitosis
  • Mouth rinses and toothpastes –some microorganisms like bacteria are responsible for bad breath inhabiting the teeth and tongue; in this case, mouth rinse and toothpaste with antibacterial activities used to kill the bacterial colony.
  • Treatment of Dental Diseases –dental diseases may affect not just the teeth and tongue but also gum. Disease that affect the gum may leave holes in them being filled by bacteria and releasing odor. In this case a periodontist will recommend medications and your dentist may have to perform eruption to affected tooth or fill the hole.
  • Other remedies –these involve proper dental hygiene, quit smoking, change bad dental habits, chew sugar-free gums, and avoid food that cause bad breath.

Regular use of toothpastes are good remedies for halitosis as seen above; however not all the synthetically formulated toothpastes are safe for use. You will agree with me that sometimes when we brush our mouth, we tend to swallow a bit of the paste deliberately or not. Swallowing some toothpaste ingredients has some eventual adverse effects in the body.

Some researchers have argued that fluoride (a very prominent ingredient in synthetic toothpaste) has some health risks it poses to humans. Research established that fluoride is more toxic than lead but slightly less toxic than arsenic. Fluoride used over time in rodenticides and pesticides. It’s contraindicated in patients with thyroid disease because the non-availability of iodine in diet will cause accumulation of fluoride in the body. Iodine is known to neutralize the effects of fluoride in the body. Fluoride interferes with the uptake of thyroid hormone. Further work on fluoride established that it can cause arthritic symptoms and bone fracture can also affect the brain. Another ingredient like glycerin causes a coating of the teeth and disallows the teeth from benefiting from the minerals in the saliva and eventually discolors the teeth. Furthermore, a chemical like triclosan used in antibacterial soaps; linked to improper heart function, it alters testosterone and thyroid serum levels. Surfactants are ingredients involved in the lather of the toothpaste and it’s linked to mouth ulcers.

I have come up with my own homemade toothpaste recipe with leaves, bark, or roots of highly medicinal plants.

ZANTHOXYLUM-BASED TOOTHPASTE

Inspired by ‘Seunfunmi Oremule (MIOLA)

Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides (orin ata) is quite spicy and it is a potent antiseptic (bactericidal), analgesic, and diaphoretic used to treat sore gums, toothache, dental caries, and sore throat. Adjust the measurement to suit the quantity you desire on your toothbrush.

3 tablespoons of baking soda

15 drops of peppermint oil

15 drops of cinnamon oil

½ teaspoon of powdered zanthoxylum (the leaves, stem barks, or root must have been well dried without the aid of sunlight and grind it into powdery form)

2 tablespoon of coconut oil

½ teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (optional)

Put the baking soda in a bowl, add other ingredients one after the other and mix thoroughly till it becomes a paste. Add more coconut oil if it’s too dry but if it’s too runny add more baking soda. If you add hydrogen peroxide, put in an opaque container to preserve the hydrogen peroxide. You can add more of the cinnamon oil to your desired taste. Use at least every 12 hour daily and you assured of fresh breath always.

LIME-BASED TOOTHPASTE

15mls of fresh lime juice (potent antibacterial agent)

3 tablespoons of baking soda

15 drops of peppermint oil

15 drops of cinnamon oil

2 tablespoon of coconut oil

½ teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (optional)

Put the baking soda in a bowl, add other ingredients one after the other and mix thoroughly till it becomes a paste. Add more coconut oil if it’s too dry but if it’s too runny add more baking soda. If you add hydrogen peroxide, put in an opaque container to preserve the hydrogen peroxide. You can add more of the cinnamon oil to your desired taste. Use at least every 12 hour daily and you assured of fresh breath always.

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