Although this Valentine’s Day is set to be very different this year, it is still a fantastic time to show those closest to you just how much you love and care for them.
In order to ensure that you are Valentine’s ready, this month we look at some top tips to keep your breath, minty fresh.
It is important that you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, for at least two minutes, twice a day. This helps to remove plaque and food debris which if left can become a breeding ground for odour causing bacteria. Toothpaste with antibacterial properties has been shown to reduce bad breath. Choose a soft bristled toothbrush and be sure to change it every three months or sooner if the bristles become frayed to ensure that you are brushing effectively. Just be careful not to over brush as this can wear away tooth enamel and cause sensitivity issues.
Interdental Cleaning Aids
Using interdental cleaning aids such as floss, interdental brushes or floss picks helps to remove food which may have become trapped between teeth, in areas brushing alone misses. If you are struggling to find an interdental cleaning aid you can use, ask the hygienist on your next visit and they will be able to advise on the best aids to meet your needs.
Ditch the Cigarettes!
Smoking cigarettes causes bad breath in a number of different ways. First, the smell of the cigarette smoke itself can linger on your breath. Smoking also dries out your mouth, one of the most common reasons for bad breath. Finally, smoking is one of the leading causes of gum disease, which is another source of odour from the mouth. There are many reasons to quit Smoking, and bad breath might rank lower on the list than preventing heart disease or lung cancer, but it’s still a valid reason to stop.
Visit the dentist regularly.
If you are experiencing bad breath and it is affecting your confidence, do not hesitate to call Valley Dental Practice on 01255 220322 and book an appointment. The team at Valley Dental Practice will welcome you with open arms and will treat your condition with the utmost care. You do not have to be embarrassed with us, all you need to do is sit down and we will do what we do best.