National Fresh Breath Day is celebrated on August 6 every year as a way of promoting oral health and hygiene. None of us would want to be in the company of someone who has foul breath — be it the smell of onions, garlic, sardines, or just poor oral hygiene! Bad breath can be a downer without you even knowing about it. It’s a social faux pas that will have people avoiding you at the office, at parties, or whenever you step out. National Fresh Breath Day promotes the importance of fresh breath and reminds us to check up on our oral health.
History of National Fresh Breath Day
It’s difficult to tell when and how National Fresh Breath Day came about, and who was the first person to observe it. However, the fact of the matter remains that National Fresh Breath Day was started as a way to promote oral hygiene so that we are never embarrassed by how our breath smells! The day hopes to encourage more people to take their oral health seriously.
The easiest way to take care of our teeth and gums is by committing to a dental hygiene routine that includes brushing our teeth two times a day, flossing, and regularly visiting the dentist. Even though most of us follow the basic dental hygiene routine, we might not know that over 50% of the bacteria found in the human mouth leads to bad breath. Brushing twice a day and using mouthwash is the most common and obvious way of preventing this. However, some people with serious problems such as halitosis (the medical term for bad breath) may struggle to get through the day despite brushing their teeth properly and using a good mouthwash. In such cases, it’s always advisable to seek medical attention.
It’s also not uncommon for people to turn to mints and chewing gums that contain sugar as a quick solution to prevent bad breath. This can actually do you more harm than good in the long run. So, if you wish to use mints and chewing gums, opt for ones that are sugar, preservative, and dye-free. National Fresh Breath Day was created to make people aware of woes arising from bad breath and to see medical intervention if need be.
National Fresh Breath Day timeline
William Adis creates the first modern toothbrush.
Horace Wells begins using nitrous oxide as anesthesia in oral health care.
Colgate begins producing toothpaste in jars.
The first electric toothbrushes are manufactured in Switzerland.
National Fresh Breath Day FAQs
How do you keep your breath fresh all day?
The easiest way to keep your breath fresh all day is by — brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, scraping your tongue, and using a good mouth rinse.
What kills bad breath instantly?
Keep mint-flavored sugar-free gum or candy handy. These will freshen your breath quickly. Chewing gum and sucking on candy promotes saliva production, which helps eliminate bad-breath-inducing food particles and bacteria from your tongue and teeth.
How can you tell if your breath stinks?
The sniff test is the easiest way to find out. If you lick your wrist, let it dry for a moment, then take a whiff, you should be able to get an idea if your breath has an odor. Another way is to cup your mouth using your palms to smell your breath.
National Fresh Breath Day Activities
Give a shout-out to your dentist
If you have fresh breath, strong teeth, and healthy gums, chances are that you have a great dentist who truly cares about your dental health. Show them your appreciation by giving them a shout on your social media profiles.
Schedule an appointment
National Fresh Breath Day is an excellent reminder to finally schedule an appointment with your oral hygienist that you probably have been putting off for a while. You should ideally be getting your oral health checked every six months.
Buy yourself some oral hygiene products
Treat yourself to a new toothbrush, sugar-free mints, and a different flavor of mouthwash on National Fresh Breath Day. If you have never used an electric toothbrush, then today is a good day to buy yourself one.
5 Facts About Toothpaste That Will Blow Your Mind
It is a versatile product
Toothpaste can also cure skin ailments like a zit or pimple.
Ancient toothpaste had some interesting ingredients
Burnt eggshells, crushed bones, and oyster shells used to be common ingredients.
Toothpaste can be edible
In fact, astronauts carry edible toothpaste with them on space missions.
Toothpaste alters your taste buds
That’s why food tastes different when you eat right after brushing your teeth.
Toothpaste has been around forever
The first recipe for toothpaste was found in archeological research of ancient Egypt.
Why We Love National Fresh Breath Day
It promotes oral health
Just like your physical health, it’s also extremely important to take care of your oral health. A good dental hygiene routine also keeps serious ailments such as mouth ulcers and cancers at bay.
A day to try new oral hygiene products
This is a great day to try new oral hygiene products or even switch up your old ones. You can try different brands and products once your dentist gives you the green signal to do so.
A day to say thanks to your dentist
With personalized care and years of expertise, dentists assure that we not only have fresh breath but also that our gums and teeth remain healthy. This is a good day to say thanks to your dentist and appreciate their contribution to your good oral hygiene.
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