Don’t let stinky breath give you the blues. It is normal, and it happens to all of us from time to time - so, let us leave the judgement at the door. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can occur due to many reasons - food, lifestyle choices, dry mouth, or simply because it is morning and you have just woken up. Bad breath can occur more frequently than you’d expect, but there are things you can do to have fresh breath all day - and no, simply popping a piece of gum is not enough.
These 6 steps can make your breath smell fresh all day:
Lack of a good oral hygiene routine can significantly contribute to bad breath. But the good news is, halitosis can be self-treated and, in most cases, with simple tweaks in your oral hygiene routine. Let us look at how to avoid bad breath for good. Here are 6 easy steps to keep your breath smelling fresh all-day -
Use a proper toothbrush: Just brushing your teeth is not enough; you need to use a good toothbrush that can remove all the plaque, and leftover food particles that cause bad breath. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush that preserves the enamel of the teeth and yet removes plaque expertly. Try the Oral-B toothbrushes for best results, twice a day.
Take care of the technique: When in doubt, go back to the basics. Brushing teeth, even twice a day, isn’t enough if you don’t do it properly. The first thing to remember is to use circular motions. Clean the inner surfaces thoroughly and make sure you brush all sides of the teeth well. Also, use lighter, back and forth motions on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to remove all the leftover food particles.
Clean your tongue: This is an essential step if you want your breath to smell fresh. Despite brushing your teeth, there are still some bacteria left in the mouth, especially on the tongue. Because of the bacteria, very often there is a sticky white coating on the tongue, which commonly accompanies and contributes to halitosis, especially in the morning. So make sure to use a tongue scraper to thoroughly clean the tongue and remove this white coating. If you do not have a tongue scraper, then you can use a soft-bristled Oral-B toothbrush to gently peel-off this layer.
Use a mouthwash: After you are done brushing the teeth and cleaning the tongue, it is time to rinse your mouth with a dental-approved mouthwash formula. Not only will it go the extra mile to clean and protect your teeth but will also prevent many oral and gum diseases. Furthermore, depending on the flavor of the mouthwash, your breath will smell fresh and pleasant.
Floss after: This is a step you might want to skip but try not to if you don’t want your breath to smell bad. Sometimes pesky little food particles can enter any cavities or gaps in the teeth and get stuck there, often stinking up the breath. So, give your floss a chance once you’re done brushing your teeth and rinse with a mouthwash. Simple, waxed floss can help remove all the plaque and keep the breath super fresh.
Chew sugar-free gum: When you are out and about, especially when you haven’t eaten for a while, do not shy away from chewing a piece of gum. This is not a quick fix, but it works to keep bad breath at bay. This is because when you haven’t eaten for a while, the saliva production in the mouth goes down, and so does the moisture, which can lead to bad breath. So, go ahead and chew some gum- but make sure it is dental-recommended and sugar-free (because sugar is bad for the teeth!)
Additional tip: Advanced oral care - do not forget those dental appointments! Visiting the dentist periodically for cleaning and check-up can go a long way in preventing bad breath. Certain gum diseases such as gingivitis can contribute to bad breath, and not just in the mornings. So, take that dental appointment and get a thorough dental health check-up. If you want to know more about how to keep your breath fresh all day, your dentist may have a few extra tips to improve your oral hygiene routine.
So, these are some tips that will help you keep your breath minty fresh every day. Tweaking your oral hygiene routine can help keep bad breath at bay. But most importantly, make sure you use superior-quality dental products such as Oral-B electric toothbrush to get that pleasant breath and maintain dental hygiene for good!
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