Natural mouthwashes made with mango kernel address halitosis symptoms effectively

Got bad breath? This mango oil-based mouthwash could be the solution. A study published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy discovered that a mouthwash made from the extracts of mango oil can be used as a powerful treatment for halitosis.

In the study, the researcher first compared the antioxidant, antibacterial, and hemolytic properties of the water extract of mango oil with the methanolic extract. Based on the results, the water extract had more protein and phenolic content compared to the methanolic extract. In addition, the water extract exhibited higher hydroxyl-scavenging activity and gave better zones for selected pathogens.

Since the water extract of mango oil contains more powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, the researcher developed a mouthwash based on it to treat halitosis. To measure the effect of the mouthwash made with the water extract of mango oil against halitosis, the researcher gathered mouth swabs of five people suffering from halitosis.

Based on the results of the study, the researchers discovered that the formulated mouthwash exhibited antibacterial activity, particularly against bacteria commonly found in the mouth such as Bacillus cereus, Neisseria meningitides, Pseudomonas fluorescence, and Bacillus subtilis.

In conclusion, the researcher suggested that mango oil can be used as a powerful agent for the treatment of halitosis. (Related: Eliminate Bad Breath Causes and Use Natural Remedies for Fresher Breath.)

More ways to fight bad breath

Bad breath or halitosis is typically caused by dental cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or coated tongue (a white or yellow coating on the tongue). However, it may also occur due to malnutrition, uncontrolled diabetes, dry mouth, sore throat, or digestive problems. The foods and beverages you consume can also cause bad breath. These include garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol. Moreover, people who smoke also suffer from it. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to treat this problem. Here are some of them:

  • Always drink lots of water and gargle with cool water. This is particularly helpful in getting rid of your “morning breath.”
  • Cloves, fennel seeds, and aniseeds have antiseptic properties that will help get rid of bacteria that cause halitosis. Chewing a handful of one of these will help.
  • For people who wear dentures, remove them before you sleep and clean them to eliminate bacterial buildup from food and drinks.
  • Go to your dentist for dental checkups and cleanings regularly.
  • Lemon and orange contain citric acid that will stimulate the salivary glands and prevent bad breath. Try to chew a piece of lemon or orange rind to freshen your breath.
  • Parsley, basil, mint, and cilantro contains chlorophyll that helps neutralize odors. Try to chew a fresh sprig of one of these green plants.
  • Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal. Use floss after.
  • Replace your old toothbrush with a new one every two to three months.
  • Use a tongue scraper or spoon to scrape your tongue every morning. This will help reduce the bacteria, fungi, and dead cells in your mouth that causes bad odor.
  • Use an alcohol-free mouthwash for at least 30 seconds. You can make your own mouthwash by mixing a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda and adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Baking soda can help eliminate odor in the mouth, while peppermint essential oil is an antimicrobial.

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