Top tips for fresh breath


Having fresh breath is something we all want. No one wants to be known as the guy with bad breath! Luckily, it’s easy to achieve this with just a few simple steps. Take care of your oral health and achieve perfectly fresh breath with our top tips from the Edinburgh dentists at New Town Dental Care.

Snack on crunchy fruits and vegetables

Vegetables such as celery and cucumber, and fruit like apples, have a higher water content, so they can help to cleanse the mouth as they’re eaten. Celery is high in vitamin C, helping to keep bacteria at bay, and the naturally fibrous texture of an apple can scrub teeth clean in-between brushes. All three of these snack options also help to increase saliva production, which is the ‘rinse agent’ we need for fresh breath. If you’ve got an important meeting or are getting ready for date night, snack on celery, cucumber sticks or apple throughout the day!

Drink plenty of water, and some green tea too

It goes without saying that water is a must in the battle for fresh breath. Drinking lots of water each day will rinse away bad or smelly bacteria, and thin out your saliva, meaning you’ll be less prone to bad breath. Also drinking a cup of green tea can help freshen the breath, as the antioxidants present destroy the compounds that cause bad breath to develop. If you’re out for dinner, order a cup of green tea at the end of your meal to rest assured that you’ll be feeling fresh.

Cut down on dairy

Dairy is a high cysteine product, which can cause all kinds of side effects. The less glamorous of these include production of a ‘rotten egg’ smell, wind and mucous at the back of the throat - all of which can cause bad breath. If you must have dairy in your diet, brush your teeth an hour afterwards to get rid of any offensive smells.

Practice great oral hygiene

Brushing and flossing daily are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and fresh breath all year round, not just for date night. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time to remove plaque and build-up that causes bad breath, and make sure you floss twice daily too, to eradicate any leftover particles of food. Flossing can also help you check how fresh your breath is, by flossing the back teeth you should be able to judge how it smells and how fresh your mouth is. Also, you should visit the dentist at least every six months to keep on top of any treatments required.

Looking for an Edinburgh dentist to help you keep on top of your dental routine? Our friendly team are here to help - whether it’s just a regular check-up, sorting out an issue with your mouth, or even getting a smile makeover. Just give us a call on 0131 556 2776 or drop us an email at to find out more about becoming a New Town Dental Care patient!

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