Home Cures for Bad Breath

You can use commercially available breath fresheners or mouth washes for temporary relief from bad breath. However, most of them are temporary and act by masking the smell producing layers of tongue, once the effect wears off, the bad breath will resurface with renewed vigor.

Using anti-bacterial mouth rinses may provide you better results in controlling bad breath. Always avoid alcohol containing mouth rinses as alcohol is a drying agent and will worsen the problem sooner or later.

Hydrogen peroxide

Acute bad breath may be temporarily controlled by using a hydrogen peroxide rinse in your mouth. Hydrogen peroxide at a minute concentration of 1.5% can be taken as an oral antiseptic by gargling 10 ml, for a few minutes.

Hydrogen peroxide is commonly available at a concentration of 3% and should be diluted to 1.5% by mixing it with an equal volume of water.

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer which kills most bacteria, including useful aerobic bacteria.

Evidence suggests the most effective products are generally unavailable in drugstores and usually found on the internet pharmacies.

Diagnosis of Bad Breath

We can not really make out we have a bad mouth odor, due to process of habituation. However it’s the people we usually associate with who can really identify the bad breath coming out of our mouth. The degree of this bad breath depends mainly on oral dryness and the amount of residual toxins in the mouth.

The simplest method to check whether you have bad breath or not, is to lick the back of your wrist and allow the saliva to dry for some time and smell the area.

Tongue Test

Another easy way is to lightly scrape the back of the tongue with an inverted spoon or a piece of dental floss, and to test for the smell of the dried residue.

You may need to ask your spouse to smell your breathe and give you a proper opinion. Of late highly reliable home tests are made available which test for the presence of polyamines and sulfur compounds on tongue swabs.

You may need to test several times in a day to arrive at an average result. However, if bad breath is continuous and everlasting, and all other factors have been ruled out, you should consider taking a sophisticated test using modern technology.

Causes of Bad Breath

The majority of bad breath problems begin in the mouth.

Bad breath that is of mouth origin can be traced to a sulfur compound produced by bacteria. Dead and dying bacterial cells release this sulfur compound, which gives the breath a bad odor.

Bacterial plaque, debris and food waste accumulate on the back of the tongue. The tongue’s surface is extremely rough and bacteria can reside easily in the cracks and crevices.

Large amounts of sulfur compounds can be produced in this area, making it a frequent site of origin for bad breath.

The tooth attracts bacteria containing plaque, debris and if not cleaned regularly and thoroughly, this can result in large accumulations of bacteria which result in bad breath.

People who have Periodontitis disease often experience bad breath because of bacteria accumulating in areas that are not cleaned easily, such as deep fissures around teeth.

Fortunately, treatment is very effective for people who have bad breath of mouth origin.

Other reasons for bad breath are:

    Sinus or respiratory infections
    Diabetes related acetone smell

What is Halitosis

Acute bad breath is a very common problem caused by such things as oral dryness, stress, hunger, eating certain foods such as garlic and onions, smoking, and poor oral care.

Morning breath is a typical example of transient bad breath. However chronic bad breath is a far more serious condition affecting one quarter of the population in different capacities, and usually has a bad impact on the individual’s capacity to maintain good personal and business relationship, leading to catastrophe.

Halitosis is caused by the presence of a huge colony of oral bacteria and invariably requires persistent treatment. Presently, persistent halitosis is not clearly understood or even identified as a curable condition by most medical experts, so a proper and effective treatment is almost impossible to find.


Celebrities with Lupus

One of the worst things about suffering from a disease like lupus is that a person feels very alone. Despite the fact that nearly a million and a half others have this disease it is not a glamorous disease and does not get the media play that comes from having celebrities interested in it.

There is no Michael J. Fox to speak for it as he does for Parkinson’s disease. There is no Jerry Lewis to run telethons like he has for decades for muscular dystrophy. Yet if we take look around there are many celebrities, actors, singers, athletes, models and authors who have this disease. Perhaps if some of them would be a little more public about it there would be more done to find a cure.


At the very least known that others out there have the same condition will help to make the lupus sufferer feel less isolated. Mary Elizabeth McDonough who played Erin on the Waltons has lupus. She feels that the leaky silicone breast implants she had are at the root of this disease developing. She has had the implants removed.

Lupus and Skincare

It is common to experience skin problems when you have lupus. You may have lesions or ulcers in your nose or mouth. You can also have rashes that look like butterflies across your facial cheeks and your nose. It can appear faint as a blush or severe and raised and may contain some scaling. The rash will be very sensitive to sunlight and will worsen if exposed to the sun or even certain types of artificial light. The rash may be permanent or may even disappear and then reappear again.


There are three types of lesions you may encounter as a lupus patient; discoid, subacute cutaneous and mucous membrane lesions. Discoid lesions are coin-shaped and occur on the scalp region of the head. These discoid lesions do leave scars and can cause permanent balding at the site of the lesion.

Estrogen and Lupus

One of the most common questions asked regarding lupus and who gets it is why is the percentage of women so much higher who have systemic lupus erythematosus. This form of lupus, commonly called SLE, has women as the ones most likely to develop this disease by a rate of nine to one. Although men do develop this form of lupus it is so infrequently that most of the literature on this disease is written as if the sufferer is a woman.

The feeling is that the reason so many more women develop SLE is that estrogen plays a part in the disease’s triggering mechanism. This may be further proven when you look at the fact that this disease is more likely to arise during a woman’s childbearing years and that after menopause has begun very few new cases start during those years.

Estrogen an Immune System Trigger

What is Cutaneous Lupus

Lupus is a disease that is not known by many people in society, and cutaneous lupus is a problem that is even less well-known. In this article, we’ll provide the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions that you might have about cutaneous lupus.

Diagnosing Cutaneous Lupus

While it is up to a doctor to make a full diagnosis, there are some symptoms of the disease that may be noticeable that can cause you to be concerned about the presence of the illness. The most notable symptom present in those with cutaneous lupus is the presence of rashes throughout the body.

One type of rash that is particular indicative of a case of cutaneous lupus is known as a ‘butterfly rash’ in which an individual’s cheeks and bridge of the nose are covered with a rash, resembling the shape of a butterfly with its wings spread. The rash may be a simple tint to the skin, or it may be a drastic one that is raised off of the surface of the skin.