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Friday, August 19, 2016

6 Must Do's For Fresh Breath and a Clean Mouth

Sometimes there are no shortcuts to good health. This is true when it comes to oral hygiene. So why do so many people try to cut out important steps, risking bad breath and poor oral hygiene?

6 easy ways to have fresh breath

#1 Floss - it isn't enough to just brush your teeth, although brushing regularly is very important. Flossing gets rid of food stuck between the teeth which can cause bacteria to grow and cause bad breath. Brush and floss at least twice a day.

#2 Brush your tongue - it sounds crazy, but the tongue can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. So, use a tongue scraper on your tongue whenever you brush and floss. Make it a habit to do all 3 at the same time every day -- brush, floss, scrape.

#3 Drink lots of water - drinking lots of water is good for overall health, but most people don't know that being dehydrated can also lead to bad breath.

#4 Eat apples and yogurt - what you eat, or don't eat, can also be the cause of bad breath. Apples are high in fiber and also contain heteropolysaccharide pectin, which stimulates saliva production. Yogurt contains cultures that reduce bacteria in the mouth.

#5 Use alcohol-free mouthwash - alcohol in mouthwashes reduces saliva, causing dry mouth that leads to bad breath. Dry mouth also increases the growth of bacteria in the mouth. So choose a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, like Listerine Zero, Oral-B Sensitive, and Colgate Peroxyl.

#6 Chew on this - instead of reaching for the mints, chew on something that will naturally kill bacteria, and bad breath. This can include parsley, basil or mint leaves, lemon and orange rinds, cloves or fennel seeds.

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