This post is a collaboration with TUNG Brush. All opinions, grammatical errors and typos are my own.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you for sure want some kisses from your significant other, however you do not want to kiss someone that has stinky breath, do you? Did you know that more than 90 million people has bad breath? It is medically called chronic halitosis and it usually caused by bacteria in the gums and tongue.
The great news are that there are easy ways to prevent bad breath. Here is is what is recommended by the American Dental Association
1. Brush and Floss
Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss to get rid of all that bacteria that’s causing your bad breath. Get a toothbrush with a cover so you can keep it on your purse and you can brush your teeth when away from home. I always keep one at work as well.
Mouthwashes can help kill bacteria or neutralize and temporarily mask bad breath. It’s only a temporary solution, so do not rely on this method to avoid that stinky breath. I also use sugar free gum to help "mask" the bad breath, but it is also just a temporary solution. You need to take good care of your gums and tongue to keep away the bacteria and prevent the bad odors.
3. Visit your dentist regularly
Regular dental visits allow your dentist to detect any problems such as gum disease or dry mouth and stop them before they become more serious. There is also that amazing feeling after leaving the office with your teeth polished. My insurance covers visits twice a year. Check your dental coverage and take advantage of the preventive services they offer.
4. Quit smoking and avoid tobacco products.
Smoking contributes to bad breath. Tobacco tends to dry out your mouth and can leave an unpleasant smell that lingers even after brushing your teeth.
5. Take care of your tongue
The American Dental Association recommends to take care of your tongue by removing any residue that may be building up between the taste buds and folds in the tongue . They do not recommend using your regular toothbrush and toothpaste to do this. They actually recommend a tongue scraper or you can also use TUNG brushes.
It is important to take care of your tongue because around 90% of bad breath is caused by bacteria on the back of your tongue. TUNG brushes are designed to help you reach this area without making you gag. It is also recommened to use TUNG Gel, which is specifically formulated to clean your tongue by neutralizing the bad breath-causing gases bacteria create.
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