Take Responsibility for the Sake of Fresher Breath
Ask anyone! Nothing puts a damper on a romantic evening than smelly breath. If you worry that your breath is worthy of a date with Pepé Le Pew, then you’ve come to the right place. Before giving you a few tips for fresher breath, be sure you are already staying on top of your oral health routine. Without regular brushing and flossing, bacteria have permission to thrive, which can really make your mouth smell awful. Take responsibility for your current oral habits and begin implementing a consistent oral health routine. Great habits lead to fresher breath. This includes kicking tobacco to the curb as well. Your mouth (and your partner) will thank you for your good habits.
Tell Dryness To Back Off. You Have a Date.
A dry mouth is bad for your advances toward fresher breath. Dryness can increase the presence of bacteria, which is really problematic for your next romantic outing. The causes of dry mouth are rather plentiful, so be sure to check in with your dentist if you are experiencing this kind of internal drought. Of course, try keeping your mouth moist at home too. Follow these suggestions!
- Breathe Through Your Nose. Yes! Breathe through your nose as much as possible. Air coming in and out of your mouth can create a dry environment. Plus, breathing through your nose will make you feel more relaxed for your next date.
- Keep Sugar-Free Gum On Hand. Pocket a few pieces of minty fresh sugar-free gum. Chewing gum can help get saliva flowing. Remember that the best gum to freshen your breath is of the sugar-free variety. Choosing sugary gums could actually make things much worse. Sugar-free is the king!
- Stay Hydrated. Keep water on hand if you need to do so in order to stay hydrated. A hydrated body leads to a happier, moister mouth. Pro Tip: Rinse after you eat too. Rinsing can help flush away lingering food debris.
I Sure Hope My Date Brushes Their Tongue
Get rid of smelly breath before Valentine’s Day by focusing on your tongue. If you haven’t been brushing your tongue, we encourage you to take a moment right now to do so. Just brushing your teeth and flossing does not remove bacteria from your tongue. You are welcome to use a tongue scraper, but your toothbrush with a little bit of toothpaste will do the trick as well. Every time you brush your teeth, brush your tongue. Fresher breath could be just one tongue cleaning away.
Keep Your Breath Fresh with Mouthwash
Mouthwash can be a handy product for fresher breath. Our recommendation is to opt for an alcohol-free mouthwash because it is easier on the skin inside of the mouth. One of our favorite mouthwash brands is CloSYS. Next time you see us, ask us about it. Mouthwash disclaimer! Mouthwash can help freshen your breath, but using mouthwash without brushing or flossing does not work in keeping your mouth clean or fresh. It is not a replacement for an oral health routine. It’s an addition.
Your Dentist Knows A Thing or Two About Getting Rid of Bad Breath
The road to fresher breath this Valentine’s Day is a bit windy. A single cure-all solution for fresher breath does not exist. Having breath that woos your partner into a second date involves an overall commitment to your oral health. If you’re finding that our fresh breath tips are missing the mark for you, it’s time to schedule an appointment to see your dentist. They can help identify potential causes for your bad breath, some of which cannot be fixed without help from a professional. Dates are stressful enough, so do yourself a favor and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bowie before Valentine’s Day. Contact us today.