Keep Your Breath Fresh This Valentine’s Day

Bad breath is a serial mood killer. There’s nothing worse than trying to have a romantic moment with someone special, then realising too late your breath smells exactly like what you had for lunch. In fact, a study by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) found that bad breath (along with decayed-looking teeth) was by far the biggest turn-off on a first date for 83% of people.

Keep yourself from getting into a bad breath situation this Valentine’s Day with these mint(y) tips. 

How do I know if I have bad breath?

It’s difficult at times to be able to tell yourself whether your breath’s bad or not. Halitosis (bad breath) is usually caused by odorous bacteria on the surface of the tongue or throat. Other causes can include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking habits
  • Dry mouth
  • Acid reflux
  • Some foods.

The easiest way to check if your breath’s bad is for someone else to smell it for you. If there’s no one around who you’d feel comfortable asking, there are several ways you can check yourself.

Check Your Tongue

Take a look at your tongue to see if there’s a white coating over it. This can indicate the presence of bacteria. Use a cotton bud to scrap the coating and see how it smells.

Smell the Saliva

Lick the back of your hand, wait for it to dry, and then smell the saliva. You can also try flossing your back teeth and then smelling the floss.

Taste It

If something’s left a bad taste in your mouth, it’s inevitable that it’s left you with bad breath. This is usually a short-term problem caused by powerfully scented food such as garlic, onion or tuna. It can also be due to dry mouth or dehydration. 

How to Prevent Bad Breath

Luckily, bad breath is entirely treatable. To keep your breath smelling fresh throughout the day, proper oral hygiene is a must. Brush your teeth (preferably with an electronic toothbrush) at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes at a time to remove food debris and plaque. Brushing alone isn’t enough, so be sure to follow with flossing and a high-quality mouthwash that kills germs and bacteria. Opt for an extra-strong toothpaste designed to keep your breath feeling fresh for longer.

You can also try:

  • Munching on crunchy fresh fruits and veg such as carrots, celery and apples can help scrub the teeth clean of bacteria and keep the bad breath at bay.  
  • Drinking plenty of water to wash away food particles and prevent dry mouth from occurring.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and wash residue off from teeth.
  • Kicking the smoking habit to the kerb.

If your breath doesn’t seem to be improving, it’s best to book an appointment with your dentist to ensure you’re practising good dental hygiene and check for dental problems. For a dental practice on the Gold Coast, contact Oasis Dental Studio today.

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