August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day. There are several things you can do throughout the day to keep your breath fresh from when you brush your teeth in the morning until you’re getting ready to go to bed that night.
Brush Your Tongue
You’ve heard about the importance of brushing your teeth, but many people neglect to brush their tongues. As you eat throughout the day, food particles can get stuck on the rough surface of your tongue and sour as it breaks down, causing your breath to start to smell. While you brush your teeth, take some time to go over your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Your dentist may be able to recommend one approved by the ADA at your next cleaning.
Make Snack Time Go Green
Hungry? Green, leafy vegetables and fruit high in water are healthy snack alternatives that will keep your breath fresh throughout the day. These water-rich snacks will help your mouth continue to produce saliva, which controls the odor of your breath.
Staying hydrated also helps with saliva production and comes with a wealth of other health benefits. Swishing water in your mouth will be able to dislodge any trapped food particles stuck between your teeth, reducing the chance of your breath beginning to smell. Bring a water bottle with you from place to place to make sure it is always readily available.
Pack a Travel Toothbrush
You should be brushing at least twice per day, but if your mouth and teeth begin to feel not as fresh as the day goes on, you should brush again. Pack a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a tongue scraper while you go about your day in case you find yourself eating a strong lunch or with something stuck between your teeth.
Teeth Cleanings & Dental Checkups in Newton & Boston, MA
If you are in need of a cleaning or checkup, contact Newton Dental Associates today! We will go over any concerns we may find in your teeth and answer any questions you may have about hygiene and cosmetic dentistry. Newton Dental Associates can be reached by calling 617-965-0060 or filling out our online contact form.