October 17, 2023
Just when you think you’ve put every holiday on your calendar, another one pops up to remind you that the effort is futile. However, unlike National Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day or National Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day, National Fresh Breath Day comes with an important message of oral health awareness.
If you’re curious about how you can celebrate National Fresh Breath Day in style, continue reading. These four breath-freshening tips are just for you.
1. Brush and Floss
The best way to avoid bad breath is to brush and floss twice a day. One of the main contributors to halitosis (the medical term for smelly breath) is the bacteria that sits in your mouth after eating.
Plaque builds up around your teeth and gums as you chew your food. This plaque forms a bacterial film that penetrates your teeth, gums, and tongue. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing between teeth removes the plaque before it can make more bacteria. If you want to be extra clean, brush your tongue after your teeth!
2. Use Mouth Rinse
Long before National Fresh Breath Day or any formalized dental practice, people chewed on mint, clove, and other sweet-smelling herbs to freshen their breath. The ancient Romans even made mouthwash from vinegar and honey.
Today, it’s much easier to get a good mouth rinse from a nearby store. Natural, alcohol-free mouthwashes are now being produced by several brands and they can amplify the effects of brushing. Avoid alcohol-based rinses as they cause dry mouth—another thing that can cause halitosis.
3. Exploit Vegetables
Through the power of some highly snackable vegetables, you can help ease your symptoms of bad breath until you can get to a toothbrush again. Carrots, celery, and bell peppers all have breath-busting properties.
These foods are rich in fiber, which acts as a natural toothbrush, and helps your mouth produce saliva. Your saliva will wash away food particles and help fight the bacteria that causes bad breath.
4. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Halitosis, especially if it’s frequent, can be a sign of other underlying health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
If you’ve been brushing, but can’t seem to make the smell disappear, you may be harboring one of these conditions without your knowledge. Your dentist can spot and treat these issues, restoring your oral health, and with it, your breath.
On National Fresh Breath Day, it’s not just about enjoying the crisp, minty feeling in your mouth, it’s a reminder to prioritize your oral health. So, keep those brushes and floss handy, and remember, fresh breath is more than just a day – it’s a lifestyle.
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