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If you have a special someone in your life, make sure your mouth is healthy and fresh when it comes time to share a kiss.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
It goes without saying. Brushing twice a day and flossing are important daily steps to maintain a healthy mouth. In addition, make sure you brush your gums and tongue to remove any lingering bacteria. Taking the time to complete these extra steps ensures your mouth is clean and fresh. Not to mention, it helps prevent future oral issues.
Bye Bye Bad Breath
Bad breath can be caused by a number of different reasons including bad dental hygiene, diet, lifestyle habits, dry mouth and more. Some helpful tips and tricks for to avoid bad breath on February 14th:
- Floss Daily
- Brush and Scrape Your Tongue - Helps remove residue caught in tastebuds and folds of the tongue.
- Use Mouthwash - Use your favorite mouth rinse to temporarily wipe out bad breath temporarily for a quick fix. If you want a more natural option try a few drops of peppermint oil in water.
- Visit the Dentist - Your dentist can address advanced issues drugstore remedies cannot
- Drink Water - Increasing your water intake can help wash away stubborn food particles and bacteria.
- Chew a piece of sugarless gum - Chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva flow. Saliva helps break down food bacteria to stop bad breath.
- Snack on crunchy raw fruits and vegetables - We all have busy schedules and sometimes we miss or skip a meal. Having an empty stomach allows acid to build up which contributes to bad breath. Eat a crunchy piece of celery or apple slices to avoid acid buildup and help get rid of bacteria in the mouth between meals.
Avoid Bad Habits like Smoking, Chewing
Smoking and use of tobacco products are not only bad for your overall health, but can also make sharing a kiss not so great for the other person. Smoking causes bad breath and teeth staining. It also leads to gum disease and oral cancer.
Your overall diet affects your breath and specific foods can make your breath better or worse. If you're going out to a nice meal or surprising someone with a romantic homemade dinner at home try to avoid foods that lead to bad breath.
Share a Kiss, but Don't Share a Toothbrush
It's fun to share things with someone you love, but avoid sharing a tooth brush. When you share dental hygiene tools you also share germs and bacteria.
Brighten Your Smile
Having pearly white teeth can make kissing someone that much more attractive. At Lee Branch Dental Studio, we offer whitening treatments for long-term results, but if you need a quick fix for Valentine's Day grab some whitening strips at your local drugstore. Also, make a point to avoid dark-colored drinks like coffee and red wine.
Cavities, Be Warned!
Certain bacteria in the mouth can cause cavities. If your mouth is not properly clean, you can share that bacteria in a kiss. We can't say it enough, regular oral health maintenance like brushing your teeth twice a day can help prevent many of the issues we have talked about so far.
No one wants to be caught about to kiss someone and be thinking in the back of their mind, "Oh my goodness I hope my breath doesn't smell or I hope nothing is stuck in my teeth."
Be prepared and have sugarless gum, mouthwash, tooth picks, floss and other pocket-size mouth fresheners on hand.