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Minty breath for romance

fashion-and-trends Updated: Feb 13, 2011 00:08 IST
Dr Ashish Kakar
Dr Ashish Kakar
Hindustan Times
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More than candlelight, perfume or music, what sets the mood for romance is a clean and healthy mouth, found a recent survey done by Keton Research USA. Partners not brushing or flossing disturbs people more than not using deodorants. Even fewer people are bothered if their partners skip shaving, combing or trimming toenails for a week, it reported.

Another study by the University of Netherlands to assess dental aesthetics (appearance), self-awareness and oral health-related quality of life in young adults reported that even minor differences in dental aesthetics — such as crooked teeth — makes people self-conscious enough to lose confidence.

There are no short-cuts to clean breath. Anyone who wants white teeth and a healthy smile has to maintain proper dental hygiene.

The mouth is home to different kinds of bacteria, which collect on the teeth and gums and form a sticky film called plaque. Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Food particles left behind after a meal combine with bacteria, which collect on the back of your tongue, creating bad breath.

There is a strong link between oral and general health of the body. Apart from decaying of teeth, receding gums, bad breath and mouth infections, poor dental hygiene can lead to heart disease and diabetes. Brushing and flossing twice a day, biannual check-ups and cleaning by a dentist help eliminate plaque and stains that normal brushing leave behind.

Dr Kakar is a consultant orthodontist at Apollo Hospital and runs a private clinic in GK-II