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That moment when you’re doing a quick breath check before a big meeting or date and… oh no! It only takes a moment for bad breath to cramp your style. Continue reading for 5 steps to fresher breath to keep your smile feeling clean and fresh.

1. Stay Hydrated

Did you know that a dry mouth can exacerbate bad breath? Drinking adequate water throughout the day can help to wash away food particles and plaque before it can build up. It also works to encourage your body’s saliva production which can inhibit bacteria growth in your mouth by keeping it moist.

2. Brush and Floss

One of the most important steps to fresher breath that you can take is to keep your teeth and gums clean because bacteria is typically what causes your breath to smell less than fresh. Dentists recommend brushing 3 times a day or after each meal and flossing daily. When you brush, make sure to brush your tongue, as well, to help keep your breath fresh.

3. Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash with antiseptic ingredients can be a great way to help freshen your breath because it helps to fight bacteria. Adding mouthwash to your dental care routine can give it an extra boost. Mouthwash also works great as a temporary stand-in to help wash away food particles after a meal when you are unable to brush and floss your teeth. Just make sure to brush your teeth as soon as you do get the opportunity to ensure a thorough clean.

4. Chew Sugar-free Gum

Chewing sugar-free gum with mint flavoring can help to freshen your breath when you’re in a pinch. If you can find gum with xylitol, even better! Xylitol has been shown to work to change the pH balance of your mouth over time to help reduce the growth of bacteria and your risk of cavities. Who knew chewing gum could actually be good for your teeth?

5. Visit the Dentist

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, or if it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental exam and professional cleaning, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist. Regular dental exams and cleanings are important steps to fresher breath because they give your dentist the chance to spot hard-to-clean areas where bacteria-containing plaque may be harboring, which can contribute to bad breath. Bad breath can be a thing of the past and your dentist is here to help!

Call our Winsdor dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.