Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and you know what that means? Lots of kisses, and were not talking about the cute little chocolate candies that can cause cavities, but we are pretty sure those will be involved too.

We know that bad breath is embarrassing, but don’t worry, our expert Gilbert, Dr. Hanna has you covered. Here are some the of ways you can prevent bad breath and keep your mouth smelling fresh and kissable this Valentine’s day.

Double down on brushing

It may seem redundant but brushing your teeth at least twice a day is fundamental to your oral health and fresh breath. In the morning it helps to rid your mouth of plaque and bacteria that built up while you sleep. Throughout the day bacteria builds up that produces acid, which is amplified by eating food. This acid can cause cavities, which is why it’s important to take two minutes and just brush right before you go to sleep.

Floss like a boss!

Flossing is just as important as brushing, if not more important. It helps get out those hidden little bits of food that are stuck in your teeth and that your toothbrush can miss. Food that gets stuck can lead to bacteria build-up that causes gross smelling breath. Flossing also helps keep gums healthy and can prevent gum disease.

Watch what you’re eating!

What you eat impacts your breath. For instance, eating certain carbohydrates creates ketones that will ferment in your stomach, and that foul odor from fermentation can begin traveling up the esophagus and expelling through the mouth. Eating more vegetables creates a more alkaline environment, which helps counteract the nasty acidity that causes bad breath. Long story short, be conscious of what goes into your body because it affects inside and out.

Stay hydrated

H2O, we need it to live, but we also need it to prevent bad breath or even worse, halitosis. Keep your body hydrated and mouth lubricated by drinking 48 ounces of water every day, and this will keep your mouth not only feeling good but also smelling fresh.

Clean your tongue

Either use your toothbrush or invest in a tongue scraper to help get rid of any residue that may be building up on your taste buds and the folds of your tongue.

Chew sugarless gum that contains xylitol

Chewing on a piece of gum increases saliva production which helps to wash away bacteria and food debris that cause bad breath, plus the benefit of minty freshness. Sugarless gums can also help get rid of stains on teeth and keep your jaw fit and chiseled.

Don’t forget the Mouthwash

Rinse, spit, and repeat! Not all mouthwashes are created equally, rinsing your mouth with an alcohol-based mouthwash can dry out your mouth, which eventually leads to even more bad breath. So we suggest rinsing with an alcohol-free based mouthwash that contains a zinc compound, this will help to kick that bad breath stench and keep your mouth lubricated.

See Your Dentist

Above all the things on this list, see your dentist, those biannual teeth cleaning appointments can make a huge difference. If your breath still hasn’t gotten any better, be sure to talk to your dentist and voice your concerns.

Now go ahead, begin those preparations for mission get breath smelling great by Valentine’s Day. From all of us here at Smiles By Hanna, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day.