National Fresh Breath Day was created to appreciate oral hygiene and its importance. Dentists and oral care professionals hail this day as a day dedicated to fighting bad breath – and come on, who wants to suffer from bad breath?

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Remember to brush and floss regularly, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol to get a jump-start on fresh breath, these products may help too.

hello products are available in three delicious flavours, including Supermint, Pink Grapefruit Mint and Mojito Mint – guaranteed to delight your taste buds and freshen your breath. hello mouthwashes and breath sprays promise a friendly, fresh and clean mouth without the use of artificial sweeteners, artificial colours or alcohol, making them perfect for all the family.  They’re loved by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Christina Milian, Krysten Ritter, Nick Lachey and Elijah Wood too.

The products are Leaping Bunny Certified, which means the individual ingredients as well as the finished products are never tested on animals.The refreshing range of hello products is available in Selfridges, select Boots stores nationwide, and at Mouthwash RRP £5.99 and Mouth Spray RRP £3.99

Another brand to try is the Breath Company;   scientifically developed by the founder of The California Breath Clinics, dentist and internationally acclaimed ‘Bad Breath Guru’ Dr Harold Katz, and based on his own discovery that bad breath does not always originate in the gut.

Unlike any other high street brand, each of the products in the Breath Company range targets the bacteria living and multiplying on the tongues (and throat’s) surface that causes halitosis rather than masking the odour with powerful flavours, literally eliminating the problem.

Breath Company Fresh Breath Fluoride Toothpaste RRP: £8.99

The Breath Company Oral Rinse RRP: £12.99

The Breath Company Mouth Wetting Dry Mouth Lozenges RRP: £8.99         

12 Easy Ways to Prevent Bad Breath from Dr Katz...

Please remember, preventing bad breath is always easier than treating it. By developing the right habits, you can be effective at preventing bad breath.

  1. Eat foods rich in fibre - High fibre foods actually help prevent halitosis. Avoid eating heavily processed foods that contain refined carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, sweets and ice cream.
  2. Use mouthwash - Some mouthwashes or oral rinses are effective at preventing bad breath. However, you should never use alcohol based mouthwashes because the alcohol makes the mouth very dry, which will actually cause bad breath.
  3. Drink green and black teas - They contain polyphenols that help eliminate sulfur compounds and reduce oral bacteria.
  4. Avoid drying medication - Avoid taking antidepressants, diuretics, pain relievers and antihistamines unless it is absolutely, medically necessary. These drugs inhibit saliva flow and cause halitosis.
  5. Avoid products with sodium lauryl sulfate or alcohol - Do not use any oral hygiene products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate or alcohol because the alcohol makes the mouth very dry, which is a leading cause of bad breath. 
  6. Clean your mouth after eating meat, fish or dairy products - Practice consistent and thorough oral hygiene to prevent bad breath. 
  7. Stop smoking - Studies have shown that smokers present a higher risk of developing periodontal disease and bad breath because smoking causes dry mouth which can cause bad breath.
  8. Breathe through your nose instead of your mouth - Try to address any snoring or sleep apnea issues that could be affecting your breath and causing dry mouth.
  9. Drink water - Keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water.
  10. Clean your dentures at least once a day - Practice the same, proper oral care that you would with your original teeth. 
  11. Eliminate dairy products from your diet - Bad breath can easily be caused by lactose intolerance.

Use an oral probiotic like S. salivarius K12 and M18 - Use probiotics to balance the oral cavity and prevent an overgrowth of the odor causing bacteria that can cause bad breath

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