Do you worry about bad breath?
Here are a few helpful tips to ensure your breath stays as fresh as possible at all times!
1. Change your toothbrush
We recommend a new toothbrush at least every 3 months. Bacteria build up on toothbrushes and using a worn out toothbrush will not only be less effective at removing those 'bad breath' causing bugs but it may actually increase their numbers in your mouth!
2. Scrape your Tongue
Using a tongue scraper/tongue cleaner can dramatically improve your oral health and consequently your breath. Bacteria accumulate on the tongue and can cause bad breath. By using a tongue cleaner everyday you will minimise the bacteria and improve your breath!
3. Stay hydrated
Good hydration helps improve saliva production which is your body natural defence against bad breath causing bacteria. As well as the many health benefits drinking more water will go along way to improving your breath.
4. Floss Regularly
By flossing or using inter-dental brushes you will remove the bacteria between the teeth where you toothbrush can't reach thus reducing the number of bacteria and therefore making your breath fresher!
5. Chew Gum
Sugar free chewing gum is a great way to keep your breath fresh and may also help keep your teeth healthy. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production which helps protect the teeth from bacteria.
Using a mouthwash can help with bad breath, there are a number of specialist products on the market that are specifically aimed at improving bad breath. Be careful to avoid those containing alcohol.
7. See your Hygienist
Regular hygiene visits and following your hygienists advice is the best defence against bad breath and will definitely keep your breath fresher!
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