Breath Control

23 Mar 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

5 tips for maintaining fresh breath all day.

We all know the feeling. Starting off the day with fresh breath from a minty brush gives you the confidence to tackle your day. But that feeling starts to dissipate after our first meal, and the fresh feeling from brushing is slowly replaced with the fear of bad breath.

So, how can you maintain that deep clean feeling in your mouth throughout the day? GSK Consumer Healthcare medical expert and dentist Dr Jim DiMarino shares a few handy tips:

  • Get chewing

Bad breath is often caused by food particles and debris that get stuck in and around your teeth. Dr DiMarino says: “I recommend that my patients chew sugar-free gum after meals to promote saliva production and free bits of trapped food. Look for gum that contains xylitol, an ingredient that inhibits the growth of oral bacteria.

  • Tame your tummy

In some cases, bad breath can also arise from excess stomach acid. A good way to fight this is to start your morning off with an alkaline-rich green juice, made with ingredients like kale and spinach, which can ease a sour stomach. Follow up with a glass of water to balance the pH of your mouth to keep your teeth strong.

  • Floss on the go

“We all know about the importance of flossing,” says Dr DiMarino. “When food and debris aren’t removed, they promote bacteria growth, causing the release of volatile sulphur compounds that lead to bad breath. Flossing doesn’t only have to happen at home; store single-use flossers at your desk at work or in your car for use on the go.”

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Drinking water helps to prevent bad breath by assisting to clear out unwanted debris and bacteria. It is important to try to drink water with every meal to ensure you get at least one-and-a half litres per day.

  • Brush your teeth

Choose a toothpaste that will give you a deep clean. “I remind my patients of the importance of using the right toothpaste, especially if you have sensitive teeth,” says Dr DiMarino. “Get the multiple benefits of new Sensodyne Deep Clean toothpaste. Its formula provides advanced cleaning, lasting freshness and sensitivity relief.”

Conquer your day by brushing with Sensodyne Deep Clean, which features foam boost technology and delivers a full, minty flavour. When enamel is worn away or gums recede, the dentin underneath becomes exposed, which can lead to sensitivity and pain. With twice daily brushing, Sensodyne Deep Clean works inside the tooth to help calm the nerves for 24-hour sensitivity protection. Dentists have recommended Sensodyne toothpaste for sensitivity relief for more than 20 years.

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