Live Every Day like it’s National Fresh Breath Day
Have you ever felt the need to step back when a friend or co-worker is talking to you? It’s likely their bad breath is to blame! But what if people cringe when you exhale? Could you have bad breath too? An easy way to tell is to smell your floss after you use it. If it smells bad and/or contains blood, there’s a good chance you’re guilty of bad breath. Because tomorrow is National Fresh Breath Day, we’re here to help you slay that dragon-breath.
What to Do
- Brush and floss regularly: This may seem like a no-brainer, but good oral hygiene is key to achieving fresh breath. To further maximize a minty mouth, brush and floss as soon as possible after eating to reduce the amount of bacteria build-up.
- Clean your tongue: Millions of organisms can touch your tongue per day, making it a bacteria bull’s-eye. It’s always a good idea to brush your tongue with a regular toothbrush, but the best way to clean your tongue is with a tongue scraper. Place the scraper as far back on the tongue as you can to remove the most bacteria as possible.
- Take your vitamins: Fortunately, vitamins C and D create an unwelcoming atmosphere for bad breath-causing bacteria. Load up on vitamins by taking a daily supplement, or enjoy vitamin-rich foods. Citrus-based fruits are loaded with vitamin C, while milk and other dairy products contain vitamin D.
What to Avoid
- Foods including garlic, onions and coffee: These foods can affect your breath for up to three days after eating them. After you eat fragrant foods, they are absorbed by your bloodstream, carried to your lungs and released in the form of bad breath. Brushing and mouthwash can only mask the odor for so long. Your bad breath will continue to come back until the food is completely out of your system.
- Smoking: Not only does smoking cause several oral health problems and diseases, but it also makes for wretched breath. Do yourself a favor and nix the nicotine.
- Dry Mouth: Bad breath thrives when you have a dry mouth. Saliva helps wash away bacteria that cause bad breath. Stimulate saliva production by drinking plenty of water or chewing a sugar-free gum.
If you’re still concerned about bad breath, visit your dentist for a check-up. Your dentist can help identify the specific cause and make suggestions for solving the problem. But, in the meantime, take our advice, and you can live every day like it’s National Fresh Breath Day!