With Valentine's Day here we wanted to help you get even more kissable than you already are! We asked Dr. Uju Mbamalu, DMD, Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics of Total Care Endodontics & Microsurgery, P.C. , to share 5 tips to improve your kisses!
1. FLOSS FLOSS FLOSS
The #1 cause for bad breathe is bacterial buildup, especially in the hard to get spaces between your teeth. No need to be self-conscious…we all have bacteria the best way to combat that is to floss 2x daily.
2. Flossing Friends
Now that we’ve told you the importance of flossing, in order to maximize results you should look into what I like to call “flossing friends,” which are simple flossing aids, such as soft picks, rubber toothpicks or water picks
3. Take Down that Tartar
Tartar is bacteria that calcify on your teeth. Make sure you are vigilant with your dental cleanings (every 4-6 months) so that you can manage tarter build-up as it accumulates. If it’s been a while, make that call and make that appointment!
4. Liquid Support
Rinse with the right kind of mouthwash after every brush. Check the label to make sure your rinse has fluoride. Drink a glass of water with every meal to help dislodge loose food particles from your teeth
5. Stimulate that Saliva
For some of us, kissing is a big part of the Valentine’s Day experience. Like anything in life, practice makes perfect. Keep your saliva stimulated by chewing sugar-free gum that contains the ingredient xylitol, which can be found in Trident, Orbit and others.