Today is National Fresh Breath Day!

What a wonderful feeling it is when your teeth are recently brushed and you feel that cool, minty freshness expelling as you speak! We would hate to reveal that our earlier meal was heavy on garlic or onions!

But having not-so fresh breath could be an indicator of much more than just what you had for lunch! That is why today, on National Fresh Breath Day we would like to highlight the important role that oral hygiene plays in our fight against bad breath!

Bad breath, or halitosis as it is referred to, can have numerous causes, and it doesn’t always stem from the foods we consume. Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria growth, so it’s important to pay attention if you notice bad breath that is persistent.

What triggers halitosis?

Although foods can certainly lead to temporary bad breath, there are other, more important causes to be aware of:

  • Poor oral health care
  • Improper cleaning of dentures
  • Odor-causing bacteria on the tongue
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Tobacco products
  • A more serious health condition


So, what can I do?

Here’s how you can keep your mouth fresh:

Brush and floss – It is important to remove the bacteria that can ultimately become the culprit of your bad breath.  Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps keep your mouth clean and fresh.  Also, be sure to change that brush every 3-4 months.

Don’t forget your tongue – Most of the bacteria in our mouths lives on our tongues, so be sure to brush it or scrape it regularly.

Give up smoking – Tobacco products stain your teeth and put your body at risk for a host of diseases like periodontal disease, irritated gums and oral cancer.

Maintain clean dentures – Be sure to take your dentures out at night and clean them thoroughly to avoid accumulation of bacteria that could cause a foul odor.

Visit your dentist – Regular checkups and cleaning help remove bacteria buildup under the gum line that we cannot remove for ourselves.