How to be smoochable on Valentine’s Day

Everyone wants to be smoochable on Valentine’s Day, but bad breath can make your sweetie recoil. Breath mints might mask the problem, but don’t address the underlying bacteria that cause bad breath.

What would a dentist advise you to do?

  • Brush and floss. Food particles on your teeth and gums are magnets for the bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease — and bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis.
  • Scrape your tongue. It’s the most common location for smell-inducing bacteria. You can use your toothbrush as a scraper, or you can buy a special tool.
  • Use mouthwash. Most mouthwash brands contains breath fresheners that mask your bad breath, as well as substances that kill the bacteria that live in your mouth.
  • Drink plenty of water. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can be a side effect of medication, or simply the result of sleep. Your saliva keeps bacteria in check, but dry mouth enables bacteria to grow. That’s why morning breath can be so lethal!
  • Avoid stains. Things that stain your teeth, such as coffee, red wine and cigarettes, can cause bad breath, not because they’re inherently smelly, but because they coat your teeth and make it easier for bacteria to stick.
  • See your doctor. Bad breath can be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as acid reflux, a sinus infection or uncontrolled diabetes. If your bad breath doesn’t respond to the above tips, you might want to get it checked out by your family doctor.

Sources:
Mouthwash, mints may not be enough for bad breath on Valentine’s Day Retrieved from cbsnews.com.
I’ve always struggled with bad breath. Could a tongue scraper help? Retrieved from mayoclinic.org.

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