Fresh Breath for Valentine’s Day!

February 13, 2012

Nothing can ruin Valentine’s Day like worrying for a whole date about whether or not you have bad breath. In our last post, you learned that dry mouth is a leading cause of bad breath, and now our Richardson office wants to help you fix it and have a fresh breath!

Even if you’re just afraid your breath might smell, wouldn’t you rather be sure before you go out on a date? We have tips for any Richardson resident to use before, during, or after any activity they have planned this holiday.

Mouthwash

Dr. Goad recommends that you use a mouthwash as part of your daily teeth-cleaning system, and you can also rinse your mouth anytime you feel a bout of bad breath coming on. You have to be very careful when selecting a mouth rinse, however: many are simply cosmetic, briefly covering up smells without getting at the root of the problem.

When you are trying to choose a mouthwash, there are a few things to look for. Pay close attention to the alcohol content, because more than a 20 percent concentration can actually increase bad breath by further drying out your mouth. Also, pH balanced products are better, which includes anything with a pH of about 5.5 or higher. Brands that fit within these guidelines include CariFree®, Cepacol®, and Act®.

Mints and Gums

If you would prefer to use a mint or a gum, you should make sure that the first ingredient is xylitol, a natural sweetener that does not harm teeth the way common sugar does and may actually prevent forming cavities. Here at our Richardson office, our favorites are Tic Tac® Chill mints, Spry® mints and gums, and Trident® gums.

Don’t forget that while it is not bad to cover up foul-smelling breath, you need to make sure that Dr. Goad is aware of this problem so that we can rule out any serious diseases that may cause this condition.

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