Wherever we go during December, nine times out of ten, there’s mistletoe nearby. Are you prepared for spontaneous kisses this season? I thought you might appreciate a few tips for keeping your breath fresh and your smile sparkling, so you can be prepared.
Bad breath usually comes from stinky sulfur compounds emitted by bacteria in our mouths. Sometimes, however, bad breath is a direct result of the foods we ate – onions and garlic are great examples. Many mints, gums, and mouth rinses dry out the mouth, which only creates more of a problem. I recommend you carry a flosser and mini toothbrush with you. After eating, sneak into the bathroom and freshen up. Literally.
Be sure to drink lots of water. Keeping the mouth flushed and hydrated can do serious damage against bad breath. You might also chew on fresh mint or parsley if the opportunity arises. These herbs are known to fight bad breath – and win.
So those tips are good for breath issues, but what about lips? In the winter, Chap Stick sales skyrocket. The dry cold and whipping wind do a number on soft, supple lips, turning them into something more like rawhide. Also, deficiency in vitamin A, B, or C can lead to cracked lips. To keep your lips kissable, do not lick them! That’s priority one. Also keep a tube of Chap Stick, Bert’s Bees Lip Balm, or a mini bottle of Vaseline close at hand. Keep your lips moistened with one of these products rather than your own saliva. If your lips become cracked and painful, use medicated lip balm. Stay away from flavored varieties. They can influence you to lick your lips!
One of the most unattractive mouth problems is plaque. If you’ve not seen the dentist in the last six months, it’s time for a cleaning. Gum disease and tooth decay are prime causes of bad breath. Be sure to brush and floss daily, using an ADA-approved toothpaste. Cleaning the tongue with a tongue scraper can also remove odiferous bacteria.
If you have kissable lips and you’re ready for a gorgeous smile, call me, Dr. Jamie DeFinnis, at Back Mountain Dental in Trucksville, PA. I offer contemporary cosmetic dentistry to patients from Wilkes- Barre, Scranton, and surrounding communities.