How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath Naturally With Lemon
Tips and Precautions
- If you are allergic to any kind of citrus fruit, do not use lemons in any form for ingesting or application at all.
- If in doubt, consult an allergist who can determine whether you are allergic to lemons or not with a simple diagnostic skin prick test.
- Whenever you use lemons in any natural remedy always cut the fresh fruit just before use. Do not store the stale fruit for long, as the beneficial effects of Vitamin C decrease with time.
- Prefer using ripe yellow lemons instead of hard green ones. Lemons that are still not fully ripe tend to be more acidic and sour, and are not as effective as ripe ones in preventing bad breath.
- Unless specified otherwise, lemon juice should always be diluted with water before using. Pure concentrated lemon juice is highly acidic and when taken in excess can be harmful for the enamel of the teeth.
- Drink or gargle with a glass of fresh water immediately after using any natural remedy made of lemons. This will wash away the residual citric acid that may harm your teeth.
- Always maintain a proper dental hygiene. Rinse your mouth well with water after every meal and brush thoroughly twice a day.
- Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months to prevent build-up of bacteria.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products of all kinds, since they tend to dry out the mouth leading to bad breath.
- Try to stay away from foods like garlic, onions, coffee and alcohol which tend to have a foul-smelling and drying effect in the mouth.
- Stay adequately hydrated to avoid dryness of mouth. This will help keep bad odor under control by washing away decaying food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Munching on a carrot, an apple or a stick of celery in between meals can stimulate saliva flow and prevent bad breath caused by residual bacteria in the teeth or acid build-up in an empty stomach.
- If the problem of chronic bad breath continues even after using these natural lemon remedies, it is recommended to consult your dentist to rule out any other dental problems.