Will your kiss leaves your partner breathless (as you might hope) this Valentine’s day? Or will you be left wondering why he or she wasn’t blown away by your kiss today?
According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, “If you find people turning away when you greet, you may want to consider your oral hygiene and dental health. Not only is good oral hygiene vital to your kiss appeal, it’s also vital to your overall dental health; and there’s nothing worse than avoiding that kiss, whether it be a greeting or a romantic gesture, because someone has bad breath or discolored teeth”.
The cause of bad breath can stem from many causes, some of which are:
- Poor tooth brushing technique, irregular or non-existent flossing and lack of dental health education can all lead to bad breath
- Poor dental and oral health can lead to the build-up of bacteria in the gaps between your teeth and the crevices of your mouth which can lead onto bad breath
- Smoking: this can lead to bad breath from tobacco derived substances which accumulate and adhere to your teeth and gums and the inside of your mouth.
- Consuming foods such as garlic and onions can lead to strong smells and odors if not thoroughly removed and cleaned from yout teeth and inside your mouth
- Innocuous foods such as soda and cheese can also leave you with bad breath
- Fasting and faddy diets can result in the production of bad odours from the mouth and bad breath
- More serious problems such as gum disease or sinus infections
- Neglecting of overall oral healthcare
Bad breath is treatable: here are some tips on how to keep your breath fresh and your mouth healthy :
- Reduce or cut out your intake of sugary foods and drinks (including hidden sugars in foods and drinks)
- Brush your teeth and tongue twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste
- Clean in- between your teeth every day using floss (or dental sticks)
- Change your toothbrush every few months
- Chew sugar free gum after meals
- Visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly
With good oral health and fresh breath, you should be confident enough to smile your way through your romantic date on Valentine’s Day!
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