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Tips to Help You Keep Fresh Breath in the New Year

January 3, 2018

A new year is full of new possibilities and new opportunity, a time to put away the old and bring in the new. It can be hard to tackle new challenges when old ones are still holding you back. If bad breath has been a problem for you, check out our tips on how to conquer it!

Eat Your Veggies

A healthy diet that includes vegetables is not only important for the health of your teeth and body, it also helps combat bad breath. Healthy diets reduce the amount of ketones in your stomach which can travel up with your breath and cause odor. Greens help balance your stomach acid which leads to better breath.

Drink Lots of Water

Lower your intake of sugary drinks like sport drinks, soda and juices. Sugar and preservatives in these drinks aren’t good for your teeth and can increase plaque and bacteria that create bad breath.

Water naturally washes away these bad breath bacteria. Drinking enough water also keeps your mouth from becoming too dry, which can also cause bad breath.

Brush and Floss Daily

Hopefully you’re already flossing for your overall oral health! Not only does a daily regimen of brushing and flossing help protect your teeth and gums, it also helps to remove food particles stuck in hard to reach spots that can linger and cause odor.

Clean Your Tongue

While you’re brushing, make sure you take care of your tongue, too! Lots of bacteria can accumulate there. Many toothbrushes even have a special part on the back of the brush head that can help you scrub! Adding these few more seconds into your brushing routine will help you fight off the bad breath.

Incorporate Mint

Throughout the day you can use mint products to help combat undesirable odor. Chewing sugar free gum or chewing on mint leaves are great options. Using a minty mouthwash after eating can also help to rid your mouth of leftover food particles and keep your breath fresh.

Are there other aspects of your oral health that you want to fix this year? Give Cannon Park Dental a call at (843) 723-5346 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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