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5 Ways to Actually Freshen Breath

5 Ways to Actually Freshen Breath

Choosing the best breath mints will come down to personal preference. Some people love the overpowering minty freshness, while others enjoy using chewable Mentos.

Unfortunately some “breath freshening” products like candy mints go beyond illusion and actually cause tooth decay and bad breath by feeding sugar to the bacteria in your mouth.

So, keep these five helpful tips in mind in order to have a truly fresh and clean mouth.

1. Brush tongue

Many kinds of bacteria live all over tongue. Although they’re a group of harmless microorganisms, these bacteria can lead to bad breath and even tooth damage. So, brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. It’s pretty simple: brush back and forth, brush side to side, and rinse your mouth with water.

2. Skip the flavoured mouthwash and gargle with hydrogen peroxide

Instead of going for the liquid that smells the best, go for the one that cleans the best, says the professional oral hygienists. Gargle with peroxide for fresher breath. Treat it like your favourite mouthwash. Just swig, swish, and spit. The oxygen in the hydrogen peroxide kills mouth bacteria that cause bad breath. Here’s more about Gargling with Hydrogen Peroxide: Benefits and Side Effects.

3. Stay hydrated

Dehydration is a common, if lesser known, cause of bad breath. When we don’t drink enough water, the spit dries up and can’t wash away the bacteria, allowing it to build up in the mouth.

4. Treat infections

That cold going around right now can morph into a sinus infection, another common cause of bad breath. Post-nasal drip, when the snot runs down the back of your throat, can make you smell as sick as you feel.

5. Eat more yogurt

The good bacteria in yogurt helps balance out the bacteria in your mouth, leading to fresher breath and whiter teeth.


Keeping Our Patients Safe During This Unprecedented Time:

Under the guidance of the BC Provincial Health, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and the BC Dental Association, we have implemented strict new clinic standards and safety measures in order to help protect our patients and staff, which include:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to accepting in-person appointments.
  • Checking temperatures of all patients and our clinic members using non-contact forehead infrared thermometers.
  • Requiring all our clinic members wear PPE at the clinic premises.
  • Requesting patients bring their own mask and put on the mask prior to entering the clinic.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and following strict hand hygiene protocols.
  • Increasing the frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic at one time and practicing physical distancing protocols.

The health & safety of our patients has always been our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay safe and to follow the directions of Health Canada and your local health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! Great thanks for your understanding and support!

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.

Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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