Imagine how mortified I was this past year when someone very close to me revealed that I had developed bad breath…and… THAT IT HAD BEEN THAT WAY FOR QUITE A WHILE….”OMG…WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SOMETHING”, I asked??? Seriously, I know its a difficult subject to broach, but really folks….friends don’t let friends walk around with funky breath without saying something.
Honestly, I had no idea. I tried that trick where you cup your hands over your mouth and nose and then breath out through your mouth and then in through your nose….nothing…I just wasn’t picking up on the funky smell that was apparently obvious to others.
First thing I did was to schedule an appointment with my dentist and regretfully found out that I had an infection developing under a crown, as well as a few pockets in my gums. I have to admit that I haven’t always been the poster girl for flossing, but I do brush my teeth regularly and figured that would suffice.
Instead of accepting the dentists offer for very expensive topical antibiotic treatments on my gums, I decided to take a more natural approach and put together this herbal rinse. I also went out and purchased a water pic which made a huge difference in cleaning out trapped debris from around my teeth.
After using the water pic and the rinse for 6 months, I followed up with my dentist who was just amazed. Not only had the infection disappeared, but the gums were much healthier and the pockets had receded. Success!!!
Now keep in mind that bad breath can occur because of other factors not associated with dental problems. If you develop bad breath, (and you are actually aware of it because someone is kind enough to tell you) have your teeth checked to rule out dental issues. If all is well in that department, consider that it could be associated with sinus issues such as an infection, other respiratory issues, medications, dry mouth, heavy garlic usage and even digestive issues.
The moral of this story is….as difficult as it may seem….friends….don’t let friends walk around with funky breath without saying something.
Herbal Mouth Rinse
6 ml (or 2 1/4 tsp) (Plantain tincture (Plantago lanceolata) – Vulnerary, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antimicrobial
6 ml Beebalm (Monarda fistula) – antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, stimulant, styptic
6 ml Peppermint tincture (Mentha piperita) – flavor enhancement, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic
6 ml Oregon Grape root tincture (Mahonia aquifolium) – antimicrobial
6 ml Chamomile tincture (Matricaria recutita) – anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, vulnerary and flavor enhancer
Combine all tinctures together in a 30 ml dark brown glass bottle. To use, place 5 – 8 drops into a 1 oz shot glass which is filled with water. Rinse the mouth vigorously after brushing and at least 3 times per day.