National ‘Fresh Breath’ Day is on 6th August, so we thought we’d give you some helpful hints to freshen your breath and improve your oral health.
1. Brush up on Your Technique
The correct brushing technique is essential in maintaining excellent oral health and fresh breath. Effective brushing removes plaque from your teeth, reducing the level of odour-producing bacteria in your mouth. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gumline, and sweep the brush away from the gums in gentle circular motions.
2. Clean Between
Plaque can also build up between the teeth, therefore an effective cleaning routine will ensure that you are cleaning all tooth surfaces. Use interdental brushes or floss at least once a day, preferably at night, to maintain your oral health and keep that breath fresh.
3. Clean Your Tongue
The tongue is another area where plaque and bacteria can gather, and can often be a source of bad odours in the mouth. A flexible tongue cleaner is a gentle way to remove build up from the tongue, therefore reducing odours.
4. Chew gum
Chewing sugar-free gum is a quick and easy way to freshen your breath. Saliva is produced, which helps to fight bacteria in the mouth. This can be particularly effective after food.
5. Visit the Hygienist
The Hygienist can help to reduce bad breath by providing a thorough clean, and preventing any long-term build up. Advice can be provided to help you improve and maintain your at-home cleaning routine.