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International Kissing Day!

Today, 6th July 2015,  is International Kissing Day.

A kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings.  A first kiss.   A formal kiss.  A passionate kiss.  A kiss goodbye.

Whatever your experience of a kiss – make sure it’s a sweet one with our handy guide to keeping your breath fresh:

1:  Bad breath is a result of unfriendly bacteria in the mouth.  Some people are more susceptible to it than others.

2:  Brush and Floss.   You should be doing this every day.  Follow up with some mouthwash for added freshness – you may prefer an alcohol free one to avoid unecessary irritation in the mouth.

3:  Drink water.  Keeping hydrated is the key to everything from staying alert to having clear skin, but did you know it can also prevent bad breath?  Halitosis (the medical term for bad breath) can start if your mouth is very dry.   It is recommended that you should drink 6-8 glasses a day.

4:  Eat right.  If you are gearing up for a hot date, prepare by eating the right things, and avoiding the wrong ones!  Avoid strong flavours such as onions, garlic and curry 24 hours and keep clear of acidic foods such and tomato, citrus and pineapple.  These foods can cause bacteria to spread more quickly.   Freshen up your breath with sugar free mints (the sugar can feed the bacteria )

5:  Don’t smoke.  Not only is smoking bad for your health but it also makes your breath smell.   The smell of the cigarette will cling to your hair and clothes as well your mouth.  The smoke dries out your mouth which causes your breath to smell.    So stop smoking, and you too may be in for a kiss this International Kissing day!

6:  Visit your dentist regularly.  Seeing your dentist and hygienist twice a year can help to prevent or slow down any pending gum or teeth problems which if left undiagnosed can add to bad smelling breath.

For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180


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