Smiling about Your Fresh Breath

February is a month when many of us worry about bad breath more than normal, but really, you should be able to enjoy fresh breath year-round. Here are some ways you can prevent bad breath, so your mouth remains healthy and kissable no matter the month.

Get Serious about Brushing

It is basic advice but brushing twice a day is fundamental for good oral health and fresh breath. Brushing first thing in the morning gets rid of unpleasant smelling plaque bacteria that build up while you sleep. As you enjoy your meals throughout the day, the bacteria in your mouth feast on the leftovers, producing acid that erodes tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities. These same bacteria also infect and inflame your gums, causing gum disease, a serious issue that can lead to tooth loss. You only need to spend two minutes each time brushing your teeth thoroughly.

Floss like a Boss

It’s critical to floss at least once a day because your toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth where food easily becomes trapped. Eventually, this food will rot and smell foul, and it feeds bacteria. Flossing once-a-day will keep your gums are healthy and strong and prevents gum disease.

Finally, make sure you drink plenty of water as it is essential for preventing bad breath, not to mention good overall health.