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Dentistry at Lifestyles encourages you to kiss up a storm this Valentine’s Day. But before you do, make sure bad breath doesn’t spoil the experience.
Dentistry at Lifestyles has the following tips to combat bad breath:
- Floss and brush your teeth, gums and tongue daily to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. Bad breath is mostly caused by the bacteria in our mouths
- Drink plenty of water or chew on sugar-free gum to keep your mouth moist. Saliva inhibits the growth of bacteria that contribute to bad breath. Some antibiotics and alcohol can also lead to dry mouth, so have extra sugar-free gum or mints on hand
- Certain foods can contribute to bad breath, such as garlic, onions and protein-rich foods like milk products, fish and meat. Brush your teeth after consuming these foods. Chewing sugar-free gum is a good option if you cannot brush your teeth after every meal
- Cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco can cause dry mouth or halitosis (on top of being harmful to your overall health). Speak to your healthcare provider about quitting.
- If bad breath persists, talk to your dentist. It could be a symptom of gum disease or other medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, infections of the nose or throat). Visit your dentist regularly to attain and maintain good oral health.
“You can try masking bad breath with mouthwash, mints or gum, but the only way to eliminate bad breath is through healthy habits,” says Dr. Levin. “A good oral health regimen will not only make you want to kiss others, but it may make others want to kiss you too.”
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