Whose kiss is on your list this February 14th? Even if you don’t have a sweetie, having sweeter breath can make you feel more confident in any situation. How does yours rate? One easy way to check: Blow up a balloon, take a sniff as you slowly let out the air. If your breath smells a little “off,” try these simple tips.
- Brush your tongue: Plaque and food particles can accumulate on the tongue, giving it a sticky (and stinky) whitish coating. A good scrubbing with a toothbrush or tongue scraper can clean it up and eliminate the source of bad breath.
- Floss daily: If you don’t, you ignore approximately 40% off tooth surfaces where odor-causing plaque tends to build up.
- Chew sugarless gum: Not only can gum cover up temporary odors, it also encourages saliva flow to help wash away bacteria and plaque in between brushing and flossing.
- Fill up on fruits and vegetables: Keeping well-hydrated protects you against dry mouth, another enemy of sweet breath. But if you can’t manage to drink eight glasses of water a day, it’s okay. You can get water through the foods you eat. An apple, for example, contains 80 percent water, plus a healthy dose of vitamins and fiber.
- Get regular cleanings: A professional cleaning at least once every six months removes hardened plaque buildup and makes your mouth feel tingly and fresh. And regular dental visits can also help keep other problems in check, before they affect your breath or your smile.