Kissing under the mistletoe is a time-honored tradition and many people wait all year to do it. The last thing anyone wants during that special moment is to have bad breath! Here are some dentist-approved tips for keeping your breath fresh:
Scrape or Brush Your Teeth
You need to brush your tongue to get rid of any residue that builds up in the folds as well as between the taste buds. All you need to do is buy a tongue scraper, which is inexpensive and can be found at most drugstores. If you do not own this hygiene product, you can use your toothbrush to remove the build up from your tongue.
Brush Twice a Day
You need to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two to three minutes. Doing so will help you to remove food debris and plaque. Make sure that you brush your teeth before retiring to bed at night because failing to do so will result in tooth decay and bad breath. If you want, you can brush again using baking soda to decrease the acidity in your oral cavity and make it difficult for any bacteria to reside there and cause bad breath.
Use a Mouth Rinse
If your bad breath is the result of a dental issue, using a mouth rinse will simply mask it instead of curing it. In some cases, using mouth rinse might even exacerbate the problem by causing irritation of oral tissue. You should rinse your mouth with green tea to reduce bad odor and stifle the growth of bacteria.
Visit the Dentist
You should visit the dentist regularly to ensure that your oral hygiene is good. If you suffer from bad breath, visiting the dentist is vital in ruling out any dental problems. If an internal problem such as an infection is the cause of your bad breath, your dentist will ask you to see your physician first.
Make sure that you take sugar free mints more often to keep your mouth from becoming dry. Moreover, drinking sugar free mints keeps bad smell under control and washes away food particles, which cause bad breath. If you take medication that causes your mouth to dry out, you should consult with dentist about prescribing an over the counter saliva substitute.
With the right dental hygiene regime, you can rest assured your breath will be minty-fresh for that special moment under the mistletoe.