Fresh Breath for Valentines Day

14 Feb 2014

Brush Up for Your Valentine!

We all want to have healthy teeth, fresh breath and nice smiles. Gum disease and tooth decay are the two most common oral diseases worldwide.
Effective daily oral hygiene is an essential part of your general health and well-being.

Regular toothbrushing removes plaque, which is good for gum health. There is evidence to show that brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is more effective than brushing once. Evidence supports the use of fluoride toothpaste. It is recommended to use a toothpaste with at least 1,000 ppm F (parts per million Fluoride). Fluoride from the toothpaste can also prevent and even reverse decay in its early stages.

Effective Toothbrushing Routine
1. A gentle scrub technique involving very short horizontal movements is recommended
2. Spit out toothpaste and do not rinse after brushing
3. Twice a day - at bedtime and at one other time during the day

It is recommended to include flossing as part of regular oral care. Flossing reduces the amount of periodontal disease causing bacteria present in plaque between the teeth - this is particularly important for diabetics. It also helps to reduce bad breath.

Tongue Brushing has also been proved to be an effective measure in reducing bad breath.

While mouthwash can help fight tooth decay and/or gum disease it shouldn't be used as a replacement for toothbrushing. The Dental Health Foundation recommends the use of alcohol-free mouthwash. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable mouthwash. It is not recommended for under 7 years of age.

Visit your dentist
It is recommended to visit your dentist twice a year for a dental check-up and cleaning.

Smoking and your oral health
Smoking increases your risk of oral and dental problems including:
□ Bad breath
□ Bad taste in your mouth

Mouthwashes and smokers' toothpastes may be effective in removing stains and making your mouth feel fresher but they cannot treat any underlying damage caused by smoking.


Following these basic steps can help to get you on the right track for fresh breath! However if this problem persists please see your dentist or doctor.


Happy Valentines from the Dental Health Foundation!