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BDHF Says Mistletoe Time is Breath - Check Time

Added: (Thu Dec 21 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Date: 20 December 2000
Release: Immediate

Mistletoe time is breath-check time

Christmas is the time for kissing under the mistletoe and the British Dental Health Foundation is warning people to make sure they are ready for the seasonal treat.

The bad news is that bad breath affects most people at some time. The good news is that a simple oral hygiene regime can usually solve your problem before that magic moment under the mistletoe.

First check your breath: lick the inside of your wrist and allow it to dry – then sniff it. You will soon know if you have a problem.

* Clean your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, using a fluoride toothpaste. Your teeth could be for life, not just Christmas, if you look after them properly.

* Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth where brushes cannot reach.

* Cut down on the frequency of sugary snacks and drinks, even at Christmas. Sugary foods are best eaten close to or at mealtimes, when you can brush your teeth afterwards.

* If you still have a problem with bad breath after trying proper cleaning, make it your new year resolution to see your dentist as soon as possible and keep up regular appointments.

The BDHF offers a leaflet on bad breath, its causes and treatment. For your free copy, send a stamped addressed envelope to BDHF, Breath leaflet, Eastlands Court, St Peter’s Road, Rugby, CV21 3QP.


Editors note: for further information, please contact David or Samantha at the BDHF on 01788 546 365

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