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Valentines Kisses....

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

Today may be a day for love, affection & maybe even kissing but whatever your experience is of a kiss – make sure it’s a sweet one with our handy guide to keeping your breath fresh.

A kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings. A first kiss. A formal kiss. A passionate kiss. A kiss goodbye & what better way to enjoy each kiss, with a little helpful advice from your Dentist!

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 unnecessary irritation in the mouth.

3: Drink water. Keeping hydrated is the key to everything from staying hydrated 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 Valentine’s Day!

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


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