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Top tips on how to keep your breath fresh

Bad breath (halitosis) is often due to gum disease, tooth decay, throat infection, poor diet or problems with digestion. So what is the best way to keep your breath fresh? The most common cause of bad breath is a lack of dental hygiene. This can be improved straight away by brushing your teeth at least twice a day (not immediately after eating fruit). There are many fluoride free toothpastes and mouth washes available to buy. You should also change your toothbrush regularly. Certain foods such as garlic, onions and cheese are other causes of bad breath. Smoking also contributes to this condition. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of more serious illness such as diabetes or heart disease, so it is important to consult your doctor. The following tips can help to keep your breath fresh: Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks. Cut out smoking. Cut down on high fat, low fibre foods. Cut down on milk and dairy products. Eat plenty of green vegetables such as kale, watercress, cabbage and spinach. These vegetables contain chlorophyll which helps to promote the natural cleansing functions of the body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit. Papaya and pineapples eaten after a meal help to break down the proteins. Add herbs such as coriander, parsley, fennel and mint to your diet. These herbs help to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Start a course of probiotics containing acidophilus and bifidus. This should be taken daily for between 2-3 months.  This will increase the healthy bacteria and improve digestion. Digestive enzymes containing betaine will help to improve the digestion of proteins. (Avoid if you have stomach ulcers). Natural mouthwashes containing lemon, myrrh, peppermint oil, clove oil and tea tree oil can help to keep your breath fresh and free of bacteria. Supplement your diet with Co-enzyme Q10. This is a strong antioxidant that helps to improve the health of your...

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Homeopathic Remedies for Toothache

Homeopathic Remedies for Toothache

A toothache is usually a sign that dental treatment is needed but Homeopathy offers a range of natural remedies that can be taken to help alleviate pain in the meantime. In contrast to the conventional over the counter painkillers homeopathic remedies do not cause drowsiness and are extremely safe for the whole family. These remedies can also be taken alongside other regular medication. There are a number of possible causes of toothache ranging from decay, gingivitis or a tooth abscess and for these there are several remedies for toothache that you can consider. These are a few homeopathic remedies that can be taken every 30mins for up to 10 doses then up to four times a day until improvement or until you visit your dentist. The remedies should be taken in the 30c or 200c potency. You may need to order some of these remedies from a Homeopathic Pharmacy. Plantago can be taken if the toothache is worse for cold air and is sensitive to the slightest touch. The toothache is better whilst eating for this remedy. The pain may be described as sharp and stabbing. Plantago tincture can also be rubbed onto the affected area to help relieve the pain. Staphysagria is a homeopathic remedy for toothache that is made worse for cold air, food and the slightest touch. The gums may also be bleeding and the pain is excruciatingly intense, sharp and stabbing. Merc Viv can be taken if the person also has bleeding gums and bad breath. The person may have a lot of saliva in the mouth, with pains that radiate to the ears. Another sign of this remedy is if the person is very thirsty. Chamomilla. This remedy is normally used to treat teething in infants but it can also be helpful in treating toothache. The pain is made worse after warm drinks and may be described as unbearable. The person may also be very irritable and...

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Homeopathic Remedies for Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers are usually a sign that you’ve been under stress. It is also an indication that your digestive system may not be working efficiently. Mouth ulcers can also be caused simply by biting the inside of your mouth, eating food which is too hot or aggressively brushing your teeth. The pain of mouth ulcers is aggravated by spicy foods, fizzy drinks and smoking. Recurrent mouth ulcers may be a sign of more serious illness or an allergy, so please see your medical doctor to obtain a diagnosis. The following homeopathic remedies can be taken four times a day for up to 7 days. These remedies should be taken in the 30c potency. If the symptoms persist after this time, please consult a qualified homeopath.  These remedies can be taken safely by the whole family. Arsen Alb. This homeopathic remedy is for mouth ulcers that are dry, burning and painful. The person may also be irritable and anxious. Arsen Alb should be given for mouth ulcers that are better for hot food and drinks. The person may have an intense thirst, and generally feels better when keeping warm. Merc Sol is a remedy that is good for mouth ulcers that are mainly on the tongue. The gums may also bleed. The person may have more saliva than normal and an offensive odour from the mouth. This homeopathic remedy is for ulcers that sting and burn, especially when chewing. Borax is a homeopathic remedy for mouth ulcers that bleed when touched or after eating. This remedy is also for people who have a bitter taste in the mouth and they may describe their mouth as hot and tender. Borax is also a main remedy for oral thrush. Nitric Ac is an effective homeopathic remedy for mouth ulcers that are mainly on the inside of the mouth, on the soft tissue. An indication that this remedy should be used is if the pain is described as sharp and splinter-like.  The person may also have bad breath and increased saliva. Hepar Sulph is for mouth ulcers that become infected and release pus. The ulcers are extremely sensitive to touch and cold drinks. This extreme sensitivity is a clear indication for this homeopathic...

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