Your teeth and gums say a mouthful about your overall health
Why should you care about the health of your mouth? For starters, good oral health equals good overall health. Caring for your teeth and gums can help improve the quality of your life and help you live well for longer. A healthy mouth lets you do things that you may take for granted like speak, smile, eat and drink.
How to keep your breath smelling fresh
Lots of things like the foods you eat, the beverages you drink, and the medicines you take can spoil fresh breath, but there are ways to keep bad breath at bay:
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Keep handy sugar-free mints, mouth sprays and sugar-free gum which can work as a quick fix when you need one.
- Drink green tea which contains antimicrobials that work like a deodorant to minimize bad breath.
- Most of all; practice good oral hygiene which includes brushing twice a day, flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash.
Secrets to a healthier smile
A bright smile and fresh breath can help you feel confident and at ease with others. So besides doing the basics, how else can you prevent bad breath and keep your smile healthy? Some tips:
- Focus on limiting how long sugar stays on your teeth.
- Avoid carbonated drinks including sugar-free sodas – all carbonated drinks are high in acid and that destroys tooth enamel. So, drink water instead.
- Munch on snacks that are high in fiber and water like carrots and celery. Eating high-fiber vegetables and fruits gets more saliva flowing and that helps clean teeth.
- Keep your smile healthy by brushing gently with a soft-bristled brush for two to three minutes. Using a hard brush can actually wear down the surface of your teeth and gums.
- Pay special attention to your brushing habits when you eat or drink something acidic. Brushing right after can actually push the acid deeper into the enamel on your teeth. So, your mouth will love you more if you rinse it with water and then brush your teeth 30 minutes to an hour later.
Source: Based on information from WebMD, 18 March 2016 – September 2017. This material is provided for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical/clinical advice.
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