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April 18, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | Be the first one to comment


Top Ten Tips for Fresher Breath

Everyone can have breath issues from time to time without knowing why. Here are the facts, and some helpful tips that can really make a big difference!

What is halitosis?

Most people believe that all bad breath is due to poor oral hygiene. And it's true that a lack of proper home care technique can definitely contribute to a less than fresh oral aroma. But oral health professionals now know that most people with persistent breath odour are meticulous with their oral hygiene and have minimal or no bleeding, indicating healthy gums. So - why the stinky breath?

 Top Ten Tips for Fresh Breath

  • Use alcohol-free, sugar-free breath fresheners. Rinses, gums and mints that contain sugar can actually make breath worse by feeding the bad bacteria in your mouth. Alcohol dries out the mouth, and less saliva means more bacteria.
  • Go easy on the holiday cheer. Alcoholic drinks contain lots of sugar and, well - alcohol (see above).
  • Avoid "hunger breath". Waiting too long to eat loads your breath with smelly ketones. Grab a nutritious snack in between your main meals - a little extra protein will feed your brain, too.
  • Skip the garlic, onions, citrus juices, and that extra cup of "double-double" coffee.Acidic foods like tomatoes, oranges, pineapple and grapefruit can upset the pH balance in your mouth, causing bacteria to multiply faster; and sipping on sugary drinks - yep, feeds the tiny bad guys.
  • Keep it clean. It has to be said - food particles decomposing between your teeth won't help your breath stay fresh! Use floss or Soft-Picks at least twice a day.
  • Brush your gums. Including your gums and gumline when you brush not only cleans your teeth more effectively, but also stimulates your gum tissues so they'll be healthier & happier. We think they'll be "tickled pink"!
  • Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated to avoid dry mouth, bad taste and that "pasty" feeling. Adding a twist of lemon or lime freshens the mouth and stimulates saliva, which washes away all that extra bacteria.
  • Reduce your stress levels. Taking a 5-minute break for fresh air, a change of pace or to move your computer-bound body can help to reduce stress.
  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash twice daily. Alcohol-free & sugar-free rinses help to neutralize odours by decreasing stinky bacteria.
  • Regular dental checkups are a must for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you have concerns about persistent bad taste or possible breath issues, contact your dentist or dental hygienist.

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