The underlying essence behind National Fresh Breath Day (August 6) goes well beyond a clean, minty mouth rid of the malodorous particles that can make for an uncompromising vocal orifice. Exploring what lies beneath the cheeks, palate, tongue, and teeth, and the various food remnants and bacteria that settle there, to consider the connection 'breath' shares with 'spirit' presents the real meaning of "fresh breath." The word spirit coming from the Latin spiritus, which means breath, signifies the vital force they hold not as separate entities, but as one, united source of life within each of us. Through breath, the spirit remains joined to the physical vessels our bodies provide to sustain our human existence. Considering the vast and incessant influences upon the breath that can either support it in reaching a fresher state or which may unintentionally or neglectfully serve to delay the onset of freshness by collecting impediments to advancement, it is the primary responsibility of the individual to access resources and employ strategies to freshen the breath or purify the spirit.
It may start with a blast of Binaca, a chomp of your favorite gum, or a complete cleaning by the dental hygienist, but that is just the beginning to get a taste of the oral freshness that will only ensue ephemerally until consistent efforts are made to more actively establish, refine, and maintain a long-lasting fresh breath. Understanding the contributing factors that can either enhance or inhibit the breath in its "fresh quest," while also recognizing and embracing the breath itself and what it indeed has to offer are critical elements to more efficiently and effortlessly reach its true goal...that of everlasting freshness. Options and demands, though, are excessive, misleading, and constant, which result in doubt about the best approaches to incorporate along the path to purify the palate. Get back to the breath and heed its call when overcome by uncertainty. Filter out the ubiquitous distractions and shiny gimmicks, and subdue the impulsive tendencies of the 21st century human condition. Now the breath can give rise to be deeper, fresher, and more expansive as it brings the life it cultivates closer to the healthy, fulfilling destiny for which it exists.
Otherwise stick with flossing and mouthwash, which both come in an array of exciting flavors, colors, and types.