How to keep your breath fresh at work

dental-health-967797-1_l HOW TO KEEP YOUR BREATH FRESH AT WORKA few hours after returning from a delicious lunch, you fall into conversation with a couple of co-workers and suddenly feel self-conscious about the state of your post-feast oral hygiene.


The typical workday lasts eight hours or more and usually involves one or two meals or snacks. That’s a long stretch of time without access to the tools and helpers you use at home to keep your breath fresh. If not-so-sweet breath is a common workplace concern for you, use these techniques to stay fresh and clean from your first cup of morning coffee to your afternoon snack and beyond.


Brush frequently

Your mouth contains millions of bacteria that use your food supply as their own. Odours occur as bacteria give off a by-product when digesting your food. Chewing gum, eating mints and swilling with mouthwash are temporary solutions to keep bad breath at bay. For the best result, most professionals recommend brushing your teeth two to three times a day. Stowing a travel-sized brush and tube of toothpaste in your desk is a great way to combat after-lunch odours.


Floss regularly

Believe it or not, a once-a-day flossing session can help control bad breath all day long. That’s because it removes the food trapped between your teeth and along the gum line thus reducing the areas where bacteria can grow.


Keep your tongue clean

According to the Dental Association, around 50 percent of bacteria in the mouth live on the surface of our tongue. These bacteria in particular are responsible for causing bad breath. That’s because the surface of our tongue is rough, allowing food debris and bacteria to accumulate. Many toothbrushes available today have a tongue cleaner, so it pays to spend a little extra time brushing your tongue after you’ve brushed your teeth.


Keep on top of your oral health

This week is Dental Health Week – the perfect time to book a check-up with your dentist! Regular dentist visits will keep plaque at bay and allow you to combat other bad breath culprits like tooth decay.


Stay hydrated

We’ve all heard of the term ‘morning breath’. But what is it? While you sleep, your body produces less saliva – nature’s antibacterial way to clean the mouth. During the day, if we fail adequately to hydrate, we can experience dry mouth, emitting the same odour as our ‘morning breath’. Drinking the recommended six to eight glasses of water each day can flush odour-causing particles out of your mouth and teeth.


Review what’s on your plate

Quite often, we blame garlic and spicy foods for less than sweet-smelling breath. However, did you know other foods such as meat are also culprits? Meat in particular has a habit of sticking around between the teeth, so you might want to try swishing your mouth with water and clean your teeth after meaty meals.


Eat fruit for sweet breath

Vitamin C is a natural way to help kill the bacteria in your mouth – just one more reason to enjoy your citrus fruits such as oranges and mandarins. Apples are known as nature’s toothbrush, and are excellent for cleaning your teeth when you don’t have a toothbrush to hand. Raw vegetables such as celery and carrots also stimulate saliva production as you eat, thus helping naturally to clean your mouth. And if you’re looking for whiter teeth, strawberries can help as the acids in them help remove stains!


Swap brushes regularly

Every two to three months, replace your toothbrush for maximum cleansing effectiveness.


If you feel like you’re unable to control your bad breath no matter what steps you take, it may be a sign that a more serious condition is to blame. Consider scheduling a consultation with a dentist or physician to discuss chronic bad breath.