What can you do to have fresh breath?


The number of bacteria living in your mouth is closest to the population of which of the following?

A) New York City

B) The United States

C) North America

D) Earth


The correct answer is D!


As you know, bacteria gives your breath that “lovely” aroma.  Here are a few tips to keep the funky fumes away:


1)  Switch toothpaste

Trading sodium lauryl sulfate toothpaste for a brand that has only oxygenating compounds will help kill the bacteria responsible for triggering bad breath.


2) Brush your tongue

Various tongue cleaners have made it onto the market, but also using your toothbrush will work just as well.  The papillae (hair-like) projections that are more noticeable on the middle to back third of the tongue tend to have more bacteria around them.  These bacteria need to be removed so the bad odor they produce is not a problem.


3) Drink water

We know water is good for our bodies, but it’s also important for avoiding bad breath. Moisture found in the mouth helps keep it clean. Oral moisture also dilutes and washes away the waste products that oral bacteria produce.


4) Chew sugarless gum

Gums and mints are classic options and easily accessible. A quick fix is sugarless gum. It won’t replace brushing, but it can mask odors and increase saliva production to rinse away plaque and bacteria. Avoid products that contain sugar as bacteria love sugar.  AND, don’t forget to floss!