I’m one of those who are conscious about fresh breath and I can’t seem to stop asking how can I make my breath smell good all day? This question sounds elementary, but whether you agree or not, oral care is one of the issues many teachers are facing. You might be asking the same question and looking for ways to get fresh breath throughout the day.
I had a teacher who has been the talk of our class for a terrible breath. We wanted to tell her but couldn’t find a way that will not embarrass her. No one actually dared so we graduated without having the chance to let her know. I felt guilty because had we told her, she would’ve done something to correct the issue. I just hope someone had told her.
This is why I’m writing this post believing that you as a teacher need the extra effort to ensure a fresh-smelling breath more than anyone else. You don’t want to have a negative impact on your interactions with others especially your students like my high school teacher had.
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Having a fresh breath makes you feel confident. Whether you’re teaching kindergarten or handling a PTA meeting, it is a key to a great smile. If you’ve been too busy to put special attention to what gives you fresh breath, don’t miss it this time. So let’s answer the question…
How Can I Make my Breath Smell Good All Day?
1) Brush your teeth twice a day
Practicing the habit of brushing twice a day ensures fresh clean breath while keeping your teeth healthy, strong, and gleaming. The food you eat leaves sugar on the teeth that eventually forms a clear film called plaque. Not brushing assigns the teeth to become a host for these deposits and can be the beginning of holes and cavities. The longer the plaque stays the more it nurtures bacteria in the mouth creating a stinky odor in the environment. Brushing at least twice a day consistently cleans the mouth and lessens the chance of bad breath.
2) Use a fluoride toothpaste
Regular toothpaste is good but one with fluoride cleans the teeth better. Fluoride helps rid of hardened tooth enamel. It is a special toothpaste formulated to strengthen weak spots so the teeth can fight early tooth decay. Tooth enamel is the (calcium) covering of the teeth and keeps them strong. When cavity-causing bacteria feasts on food left on the mouth, this produces acids that attack your enamel. Fluoride has calcium that provides the needed protection against enamel erosion.
3) Do gentle brushing for 2 minutes
Yes, this is highly recommended, but do it gently. Don’t underestimate the ability of bacteria to position themselves in between the teeth. Imagine how they can coat the insides of your cheeks, gums, and tongue, as well. The longer the bristles stroke the many parts of the teeth, the more percentage of bacteria are wiped out.
With a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, brush up and down and in a circular motion on the front and sides of the teeth. Clean the inner, upper, and lower areas while focusing on the chewing surfaces. Enjoy a light backward and forward motion. Spit out the toothpaste and gargle. The retained fluoride in your mouth will benefit you.
Note: Be careful as you might do longer than a couple of minutes and end up bleeding the gums.
4) Freshen up your saliva with a mouthwash
Mouthwash freshens your breath by washing our odor-causing bacteria. Your saliva can actually keep your mouth clean. It helps discourage bacteria from thriving. You probably notice why your breath tends to be worst in the morning. That is because your mouth naturally dries while you’re asleep leaving the saliva dehydrated. When saliva decreases or dries out, bacteria can grow and cause odor in your mouth.
To stimulate saliva, try rinsing with toothpaste and a little amount of water, and then create a foam of the mixture in your mouth. Do a brisk swishing and then spit it out – no need to gargle more. I find this very helpful after eating something oniony. It’s also a quick trick for freshening the breath. By hydrating the mouth this way, your saliva is also refreshed. So go ahead, treat your mouth with rinse breaks when you get the chance any time of the day.
5) Do the Floss Everyday
Flossing helps eliminate the stale fragments of food that are stuck in between the teeth. You will notice that these tiny food bits smell awful. If they remain sitting in your teeth for days, imagine the foul smell hiding in your mouth. This is why dentists highly recommend flossing as a healthy oral hygiene practice every day.
There are hundreds of bacteria in plaque. While some are good, the rest bring adverse effects on your mouth. Flossing supports brushing by removing embedded food particles that the toothbrush cannot reach. With dental floss, you can scrape up and down the sides and in-betweens of each tooth and collect the detained wastes.
If you don’t like the typical thread-like dental floss, opt for a Floss Pick. It is designed with a handle and curved at the center allowing you to work in between the teeth without touching the floss itself. A good floss should slide smoothly between teeth.
Why use Floss?
Using dental floss involves a gentle rubbing motion using a thread-like cleaner that is gently slid in between the lines of the teeth until it reaches the gum line. Sliding the floss gently allows cleaning areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing daily not only maintains healthy teeth but will also gently massage and stimulate the gums.
6) Limit eating sugary and acidic food
You can’t believe that one cause of bad breath is high in sugar diet? The reason is that sugar components in the food you eat interact with bacteria that are already present in your mouth.
Those sweet favorites like soft drinks, juices, coffee, hot choco, and wine are players that can lead to permanent damage to teeth. Acid formed from the sugar you eat disintegrates the minerals in the tooth enamel causing it to wear away. When bacteria feed on sugars, they cause bad breath. Eating spices such as onion and garlic can also affect the odor of the breath you are exhaling.
Note: Avoid brushing the teeth right after eating something acidic so saliva can naturally produce and wash away acids in food debris. Waiting up to at least 30 minutes after is a good wait.
7) Drink plenty of water
Many teachers forget to drink more water due to their nature of work. The tendency is they consider snack drinks, coffee, or juice a form of hydration or alternative to water. Water remains the most important drink the body needs to get hydrated. Being dehydrated dries the mouth and decreases the saliva’s ability to secrete more in order to clean the breeding ground for bacteria. If you don’t drink water, you get one cause of a stinky mouth.
To ensure you get your daily dose of water, invest in a good water bottle that you can bring to school every day. Even when you’re teaching at home, having a good jug of water helps you measure the quantity of water intake.
8) Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. Apart from its a contributor to drying the mouth, cigarette smoke certainly sticks and lingers inside the mouth affecting your breath. While smoking makes your mouth a good host to more dental plaque, tobacco products have chemicals that affect the flow of saliva giving bacteria a chance to build plaque.
Note: If you can’t avoid smoking, one best way to prevent bad breath is to brush your teeth twice a day preferably after the first and last meals of the day. Freshening up the saliva with a wash is another efficient way to maintain a clean breath. I believe you must visit your dentist for teeth cleanings. If it sounds tough to quit smoking, begin the challenge by cutting down at least.
9) Wash dentures properly
If it’s not convenient to wash dentures in your school’s washroom, brush and rinse them at least once a day using mild dish soap or denture cleanser. Clean your mouth after removing your dentures and rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth. You would also like to give your dentures mild bushing every day. Even if they are non-genuine teeth, they still can store plaque that causes bad breath.
10) Visit a dentist regularly for a check–up and cleaning
Do you visit your dentist or do you hate the dentist? A regular dental check–up is a must for healthy teeth and breath. Only your dentist can see the real status of your oral health. He may suggest tartar removal on your teeth, and other recommendations for healthy teeth, gums, and tongue, too.
Do you have something to add to the list? Share them in the comments.