Have you ever leaned in close to give someone a kiss only to have them pull away because of your bad breath? It’s downright humiliating. Fortunately, October is National Dental Hygiene Month. That means it’s a perfect time to learn some dental hygiene tips in North Dallas. Implement these tips into your daily life to stop bad breath in its tracks.
1. Floss Once a Day
Most of the time, we say “brush and floss,” not “floss and brush,” maybe because the former has a better ring to it. However, most dental professionals would actually recommend flossing before you brush. Cleaning between your teeth allows those spaces to open up and receive the benefits from your toothpaste. Your dentist suggests flossing at least once a day, if not after every time you eat. It removes bacteria that can get trapped between your teeth, causing bad breath.
2. Brush Every Morning and Night
Brushing should be one of the first things you do in the morning and the last thing you do before bed. It’s important to do it correctly, so here are some tips for optimal brushing:
- Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle.
- Move the brush back and forth with only the gentlest pressure.
- Make sure to cover the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
- Brush for two full minutes every time. If it helps, set a timer, or buy an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.
3. Use Mouthwash
Many people think using mouthwash is optional, but according to your dental hygienist, it really shouldn’t be. Try to add rinsing with mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene regimen. It’s important, since your teeth and gums only make up about half of your mouth. Mouthwash is the only way to effectively clean your other soft tissues. It also does wonders for your breath.
4. Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Multiple studies have suggested a link between chewing sugar-free gum after a meal and a decreased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. This is because chewing gum makes you produce more saliva. While this might sound gross, it’s actually beneficial. Saliva rinses your mouth of leftover food debris that can attract bacteria and result in bad breath. It also neutralizes the acids in the food and drink you just consumed so they don’t damage your enamel, or the outer protective layer of your teeth. Most dentists recommend chewing gum for about 20 minutes after a meal. Just be sure it’s sugar-free!
By implementing these habits into your daily life, your mouth will be so much cleaner. Your breath will be fresher, and the people in your life will be grateful for it.
About the Author
Besides being a 1977 graduate of Baylor’s College of Dentistry, Dr. Dale Greer is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has also earned a Fellowship with the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry for his dedication to continuing education in all areas of dentistry. He has been voted in D Magazine as “One of the Best Dentists in Dallas.” In addition, he has been voted Texas Super Dentist and Best Dentists in America. For more dental hygiene tips in North Dallas, click here to contact Dr. Greer or call (972) 233-4546.