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4 Tips for Fresh Breath

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The holidays are around the corner, which means plenty of get togethers with family and friends. With so many possibilities for close-up moments with your loved ones, it’s important to make sure your breath is as minty fresh as possible.

Here are some tips to help combat bad breath during the holidays.

Dentists say it all the time, but if you brush at least twice a day, floss and scrape your tongue, that is the first step in the battle against bad breath. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, so remember that your food supply is their food supply. Brush it out!

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinking water helps clear pesky food particles out of your mouth and protects your mouth from dryness, which can actually lead to bad breath. Saliva helps clean your mouth and drinking water will help keep your saliva flowing throughout the day. Alcohol can also leave you with dry mouth, so try to limit your intake.

Eat foods that will help your breath smell good. Fruits high in Vitamin C like melons and citrus fruit will help kill germs in your mouth, and fiber-packed foods like celery and apples can help remove food wedged between your teeth.

Opt for sugar-free gum to mask odors, instead of sugary breath mints, which can actually spawn more bad breath by leaving sugar remnants on your tongue.Eliminating bad breath starts with good everyday oral hygiene. If you try the above tips and are still suffering from less-than-fresh breath, check in with your local Castle Dental professional. There may be another underlying issue in play.