6 Tips for a Winter Fresh Mouth

It’s safe to say that most of us have grown up hearing, “Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day.” Or, “Visit your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups.” But so many people don’t realize there’s more to keep your mouth winter fresh than these two things.

These six simple tips can help your mouth feeling winter fresh all year round.

1. Drink lots of fluids – especially water

Never underestimate the power of a simple glass of water. Not only can it help you flush toxins out of your body, helping you feel healthier all over, but water also works with the body’s saliva to fight cavities and to flush food particles and bacteria away.

2. Mixture of baking soda and water

Baking soda has a lot of amazing uses around the house, including unclogging drains and

pipes. But you can also use this bacteria-busting power to fight cavities. Bacteria love food particles and plaque left behind after eating or poor oral hygiene practices. They thrive in acidic environments. Baking soda actually neutralizes the acid in your saliva and is especially helpful in protecting your teeth after eating or drinking sugary food or beverages. It’s bacteria
that causes bad breath. Less bacteria, better breath. You can even try a baking soda based toothpaste!

3. Rinse your mouth for one minute with hydrogen peroxide

Like baking soda in the kitchen, hydrogen peroxide is a staple in most bathroom cabinets. Hydrogen peroxide (1%-3%) is perfectly safe to use as a mouth rinse. Some people might want
to water down the 3% with an equal part of water to bring it closer to 1%. Hydrogen peroxide helps kills bacteria and viruses in your mouth, just like it used to do when your mom put it on your skinned knees. It takes time for the peroxide to work, so rinse for at least a minute or longer to get the full effect. Be prepared for the peroxide to bubble and feel fizzy when it’s working.

4. Brush your tongue!

Food particles, plaque and bacteria don’t just gather and grow on your teeth and gums, but also on your tongue. Brush your tongue from back to front with or without toothpaste or mouthwash. Actually, brushing your tongue before using a mouthwash can make your mouthwash more effective. Make sure you brush the top and underside as well for at least a minute.

5. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol – use one with chlorine dioxide instead

Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can actually dry out the mouth, meaning less saliva is produced. Alcohol was included in mouthwash formulations because of it’s disinfecting
properties. It was thought that disinfecting would also protect against bad breath. More recent studies have found that not to be the case and that bacteria thrive in dry mouth situations leading to an increased risk of tooth decay.

6. Snack on raw vegetables and fleshy fruit — carrots, celery, red peppers, apples, and strawberries are all great for fighting bacteria and bad breath. Not only do they stimulate production of saliva, but they also gently clean your teeth.

3 thoughts on “6 Tips for a Winter Fresh Mouth

  1. Laila Keirstead

    Are you sure that hydrogen peroxide is safe to use in your mouth? I have heard that you aren’t supposed to really use that sort of liquid because it can cause harm. I have been starting to brush my tongue and that seems to do a really good job. I never got why dentists never really focus on brushing your tongue when they are cleaning your mouth. A lot of the bacteria often gets between your tongue.


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