Have you ever had a friend whisper something to you and you can’t even pay attention to what they’re saying because all you notice is his or her breath? It’s like your friend took a massive exhale mid-conversation and invaded your space with something foul. Embarrassing! There are a few tools beyond your classic toothpaste and toothbrush you can keep in your bathroom to help you from being that friend:
Keep these things at your disposal to prevent an offensive breath.
A toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss are essential to good oral hygiene. A toothpaste and toothbrush are necessary to remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and kill bad breath germs. And as easy as it is to skip flossing, it’s a must. Flossing cleans between the teeth where a brush can’t reach. Your dentist may even recommend flossing before brushing because it loosens food particles.
With a Brushee—you have all three in one. In addition, a Brushee works as a pick. It’s perfect for on the go, so you can keep one in your bag in addition to the one in your bathroom. The toothpaste in a Brushee is special because you don’t even need water to use it.
Your Brushee is the perfect oral hygiene tool for those of us constantly on the go and fans of convenience.
A tongue scraper might not be the first thing in your oral hygiene arsenal, but it’s definitely worth a buy. Brushing your tongue with your toothbrush can be quite uncomfortable, so it’s often skipped over.
To give your tongue some extra care, you can grab a tongue scraper at a drugstore near you for under ten dollars. They are generally small with a rounded edge and are usually made of plastic or metal.
In addition to being a bad breath killer, there are many benefits of using a tongue scraper:
Tongue scraping is pretty straightforward, literally. With your tongue stuck out, put the rounded edge to the back of your tongue—but not too far back because this could trigger your gag reflex. Once the scraper is touching your tongue, slowly bring it to the front of your mouth. Repeat one more time, then wash your tongue scraper with warm water and soap.
Mouthwash is a great sidekick for your normal oral hygiene routine—sidekick because mouthwash is not a replacement for brushing and flossing.
Mouthwash is great for kicking bad breath and certain fluoride rinses can help strengthen your teeth. Studies have proven that using mouthwash and brushing regularly has improved oral health compared to brushing alone. But, here are some things to think about before you start swishing.
There are tons of options on the market, so read the bottles to find out which mouthwash is right for you. Many brands have alcohol in them, but there are alcohol-free products. If you’re not sure which mouthwash is right for you, be sure to ask your dentist. Also, spit it out when you’re done, swallowing mouthwash can be toxic!
An oral irrigator uses pressured water to clean between the teeth and near the gums. Oral irrigators serve a similar function as floss, but the pressured water is great for areas a piece of floss on your fingers may miss. They are especially helpful in the presence of certain orthodontic and dental work, such as braces, bridges, and crowns.
There are many benefits to adding an oral irrigator to your oral hygiene routine, such as:
You can purchase one from department stores or drugstores. Or, there are plenty of oral irrigators to choose from on Amazon.
While these four tools are great for boosting oral hygiene, it’s important to see your dentist regularly to know the best way to take care of your mouth.
What other products would your bathroom sink be incomplete without? How has using your Brushee improved your oral hygiene? Let us know in the comments below!