Today is “National Fresh Breath Day,” an annual observation that was created to instill the importance, and appreciation, of oral hygiene. In honor of this important day we have some tips to help you fight the bad breath blues.
Fresh breath is important for everyone – not only can it affect the relationship you have with a partner – 60 percent of U.S. adults say that their partner’s oral health, including the condition of their teeth, gums, a breath play a large role in their level of intimacy, but it can be a symptom of a larger health problem.
By following these tips, according to oral hygiene experts like your dentist in Stuart, Florida, Dr. Rita Medwid, you can enjoy fresh, clean smelling breath and good oral health.
Brush and floss correctly
Regular brushing and flossing is essential. A toothbrush will cover all the areas around the teeth except for where the teeth actually contact each other so you have to floss in between to break up the plaque and food debris, which can cause bad breath.
Brush two to three times each day and floss at least once, but preferably twice. If you aren’t sure that you’re doing it correctly, ask your dentist in Stuart, Florida, or hygienist to show you how.
Use a tongue scraper
Brush your tongue, or even better, use a tongue scraper which can help eliminate plaque and debris – 90 percent of the problem with bad breath is caused by bacteria on your tongue.
It’s important that your mouth doesn’t dry out as dry mouth encourages bacteria. Drink plenty of water to encourage saliva which washes away bacteria.
Visit your dentist twice a year
Bad breath can be caused by activities and other conditions in the mouth. There is no way to know for sure what’s going on unless a professional takes x-rays and looks into your mouth, which means that seeing your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings, and getting annual x-rays, is a must.
Eat more raw foods
Eating more raw foods like carrots and celery can also help. That’s because crunchy, raw veggies like these have a low-water content, which requires the mouth to produce more saliva. Increasing saliva in the mouth, as mentioned, helps to wash away bacteria.
Smoking creates an especially nasty smell, known as “smoker’s breath,” which partially comes from the smoke particles that get stuck in the mouth, throat and lungs. In fact, the smell of just one cigarette can linger in the lungs for hours.
Gargle with saltwater
Gargling with saltwater can help to dislodge particles that become stuck, particularly those who have pockets in the tonsil area, but don’t use too much salt. One teaspoon per six ounces of water is all that it takes.