Spring cleaning isn’t just for freshening up your home.
Although with the state of the world it can be hard to see the positives, we like to think that when there is darkness there will be light. And to that end, we’re still super excited that spring is officially here. And while we’re all at home, it is a good time to reassess your personal health and start fresh, including with your breath.
Let’s face it. Bad breath, or halitosis, happens to everyone. Halitosis occurs when bacteria creates a film on your teeth (aka plaque) or sneaks its way between your teeth and gums in little pockets. Whether the bad breath is from dehydration or lacklustre oral hygiene (who here has lied to their dentist about how often they floss?), here are some ways to keep your breath as fresh as the spring blooms.
Stay (not) thirsty
Your mouth can be a thirst trap. It’s not what you’re thinking, we’re just saying it’s super easy to be dehydrated and thirsty. A dry mouth can be caused by several reasons, and persistent or chronic dry mouth is called xerostomia. For most folks, it occurs in the morning if you happen to snore or breathe through your mouth so drink lots of water when you wake up! Yes, water. Not juice, coffee or tea. Shocking, we know, but the latter don’t actually count just because there’s water in them.
Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of….fresh breath? A healthy level of saliva will help keep you fresh since a decrease in saliva allows anaerobic bacteria to thrive. These aren’t cute bacteria that follow a Jane Fonda aerobics video, but they actually form compounds that turn into sulphur byproducts. When these bacteria build up, they can turn into tonsil stones which are hard deposits that stick to your tonsil and have a very….distinct smell. Dislodge these stones with a salt water gargle or encourage saliva production throughout the day by chewing a sugar-free gum.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that brushing your teeth is part of a squeaky clean dental routine (say that 5 times fast). The best way to stop food particles from lingering in your mouth is to brush after each meal. Luckily for you, each Bruüsh comes with a sleek carrying case so that you can brush after your midday break and our 30-day battery life will be there too, so don’t worry about being left hanging. Shop here.
Tackle the tongue
While you’re all up in there brushing away, don’t forget to address your tongue. Most odour-causing bacteria live on your tongue and the insides of your cheek, so use the tongue setting on your Bruüsh to gently wash those smelly suckers away. Check out all six settings here.
Floss, floss, baby
Not to sound like your dentist, but seriously, please floss. Make sure the floss hugs each tooth and gets into the gum line to remove food particles. Our superior sonic technology delivers over 300 times more strokes per minute (31,000 but we’re not counting) which helps the process pre-floss.
Switch it up
This is the only time we’ll suggest breaking up so frequently. It’s in the name of hygiene. Your toothbrush head should be replaced once it starts to get frayed, or every 2-3 months, and we’ve made it ridiculously easy. Subscribe to have 3 brush heads mailed to you every 6 months so you never have to think about it again! Check out our referral program to learn how to get that cash money and use it toward new replacement heads (or anything you want, really. It’s your money).
Chloro-fill up your diet
Whether you’re pro- or anti-cilantro, it’s time for the world to put their differences aside for the greater freshness of society. Consuming greens high in chlorophyll will neutralize odours. Think cilantro, parsley, mint, basil. Toss it in your water, add it to your food, chew on it raw like a rabbit, the possibilities are endless.
So freshen up your home, Marie Kondo your belongings and brighten up your breath. A change in seasons is the perfect time to assess all of your routines, and we’re a little biased but switching from brushing to Bruüshing is a fantastic way to kick it off. Questions? Ask!