Fresh breath is so important – not just to maintain good oral hygiene, but also to boost our confidence.

At Honour Health, patients often ask us for advice about the best way to get – and keep – that minty fresh breath feeling! With this in mind, we’ve put together ten tips to help you say goodbye to bad breath for good.

1 – Brush your teeth and gums for at least two minutes, at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. We recommend using an electric toothbrush for more effective, thorough brushing in those hard-to-reach areas!

2 – Replace your toothbrush every three to four months to keep it working at its best.

3 – Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. The majority of bacteria forms on the back of the tongue, so it needs a regular clean. Some toothbrushes have a built-in tongue cleaner especially for this purpose. If yours doesn’t, use a separate toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Aim to gently clean the whole surface of the tongue, starting from the back and working towards the front.

4 – Floss between your teeth daily to remove any trapped food.

5 – Rinse your mouth daily with mouthwash, at a different time of day to when you brush your teeth.

6 – Give up smoking.

7 – Drink lots of water. If your mouth is dehydrated, bacteria will start to break down food particles that have not been washed away – and this causes bad breath.

8 – Chew sugar-free gum after eating, to stimulate the flow of saliva around your mouth.

9 – Cut down on sugary foods, which can increase the amount of bacteria lurking in your mouth. It’s also a good idea to cut down on strongly flavoured or spicy foods such as onions and garlic, as well as coffee and alcohol. Instead, eat vegetables high in vitamin C such as red bell peppers and broccoli, which help to banish mouth bacteria.

10 – Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. We recommend our Airflow hygiene treatment, which instantly removes heavy staining and disrupts plaque lurking under the gums, creating a brighter, whiter smile and fresher breath.

Make bad breath a thing of the past! To book a hygiene appointment, call Honour Health Jesmond on 0191 281 3913, Honour Health Ponteland on 01661 821 412, or Honour Health Stanley on 01207 232 725.