Halitosis, or bad breath, can be a significant problem. It leaves sufferers in embarrassing situations or has them shying away from social interactions. Many of these people will go so far as to avoiding invitations to meet up with friends and holding themselves back from employment opportunities. In fact, there are links between the occurrence of bad-smelling breath and both stress and depression. The condition is so prevalent that billions of people worldwide are searching for solutions.
Start at the Source of the Problem
There are a number of causes behind bad breath and the key to remedying the condition is to identify which of the causes might be affecting you. Most of the time, bad breath is the result of something in the mouth, such as trapped food particles, plaque, and/or bacteria. Sometimes, a more serious dental or medical condition is the cause. These serious conditions might include cavities, gum disease, the buildup of yeast, tonsil stones, sinus and lung infections, and gastric disorders.
A Natural Solution
After ruling out a medical condition that requires the attention of a doctor or dentist, you can turn to a natural remedy. Tea tree oil (sometimes known as melaleuca oil) has been used for many years in antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral applications. This potent oil is also used widely as treatment for many conditions and is particularly effective as a treatment for bad breath. It is commonly used as an ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwashes, or oral rinses.
How Tea Tree Oil Works
The oil is effective as a solution because it kills the fungi and bacteria that live on food particles that are left in the mouth. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties also provide relief from halitosis because the oil promotes healing from gum infections and chronic gingivitis. As you create a routine of brushing your teeth consistently, consider adding a drop of tea tree oil to your toothpaste. You can make your own mouthwash by mixing two or three drops of the oil into warm water. After gargling, be sure to spit out the oil rather than swallowing it. If you are leery of creating your own hygiene products, look around for reputable companies that manufacture their own products with the oil.