How fresh is your breath? A social AND health consideration!

Posted on August 6, 2016 by Gerry

Going to a lot of social events this summer? They can be tough work. First, you have to have a few  interesting topics outside of the weather to chat about. Then, if there’s food involved, you’ve got  to do that whole David Copperfield balancing act with your food plate to ensure you don’t spill it  all over yourself or your new friends while having that great conversation. And, of course, we all  want to put our best foot forward for first impressions by looking our best. Yet there’s one aspect  to socializing many never really think about, and if ignored can be the surest way to guarantee  your next invite will end up “lost in the mail.”

So what is this social faux-pas that can ruin just about any good party? Well, it’s no more than  the quality of your breath. Rest assured, though, as quickly as  bad breath  can ruin a good night out, correcting it can be just as simple. So, aside from your regularly  scheduled cleaning, which keeps tartar, gum disease, and  bad breath  in check, try a few of these measures to make sure you’re the center of conversation at the party,  instead of your breath:

  • Replace your toothbrush at least every three months: If you’re not replacing your toothbrush every  few months you’re robbing your oral care routine of the best tool in its arsenal. An old toothbrush  is an ineffective toothbrush, and it will hamper your efforts to remove plaque and food debris from  your teeth. Both attract and generate bacteria that cause bad breath, so toss the old and bring in  the new.
  • Flossing: This one is simple, and everyone knows it’s important. Still, its the first thing we stop  doing after a thorough cleaning at the dentist’s office. The only real way to stick with flossing  is to make it easy. You can do this simply by having your floss in plain sight, so each time you  visit the bathroom, it will register in your mind that you’ve got to floss. Don’t place it in the  cabinet – stick it right on the countertop. Believe it or not, our subconscious mind is more  convincing than we think and is phenomenal at convincing us when we need to create a good habit, or  end a bad one. Want to test the theory? Fill a container with the ten teaspoons of sugar that are  in the average can of soda, and place it where you normally enjoy your beverage of choice – you’ll  quit pretty fast staring at that container every day and allowing your mind to register what you’re  doing to your waistline.
  • Try a tongue scraper: There are many versions of scrapers on the market, and they’re super cheap.  Find one you like and use it once a night. Even after what you think is a thorough home cleaning,  you’ll be amazed how much debris a tongue scraper removes from your tongue. Less debris and  bacteria means fresher breath. Try it!
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking water throughout the day promotes saliva production, and is your mouth’s  natural defense against the germs that cause bad breath. If you ignored each of our other tips,  just drinking water would at least help a little bit, not to mention the multitude of other great  things being well-hydrated does for your body.
  • Cover it up in a pinch: If your mom ever tried to get you to eat the parsley on your plate when  dining out, maybe she was actually trying to tell you your breath needed some freshening! Parsley  appears to have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help keep your mouth clean.  Yogurt and celery also work in a similar fashion, and sugar free gum with Xylitol can also help to  promote salivation without adding sugar into the mix.

So, that’s it. A few simple things that can help you maintain fresh breath and remain welcome at  every gathering you would like to attend. And, if you find yourself having forgotten about the  status of your breath, you’ve got back up in the built-in reminder of National Fresh Breath Day on August 6th to help you ensure that next invite always makes it to your door on time! Have a  wonderful August!

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